New Bookworm Game
March 2, 2003 10:23 AM   Subscribe

We can thank Crunchland for introducing us to the addictive online game Bookworm. The downloadable version is finally here. The bad news: It's $25.
posted by stevefromsparks (14 comments total)
Not a fan.. but then my patern matching and linguistic brains don't seem to work well together. I've got a decent IQ, but I just can't do wordsearches either. Odd.

I do love Diamond Mine and Big Money though. ;)

And Bubble Trouble from has an annoying addictive quality to it (IMHO).
posted by twine42 at 10:53 AM on March 2, 2003

The bad news: It's $25.

The good news is, it's still available as a free online game at
posted by clevershark at 11:27 AM on March 2, 2003

I have a general rule of thumb to never to pay money for games unless they involve blowing stuff up in high resolution. It is a diverting little game though.
posted by boltman at 11:35 AM on March 2, 2003

$25 is a little expensive, but not too much. It seems to be windows only though.
posted by mathowie at 11:51 AM on March 2, 2003

Bookworm, despite being addictive, is too easy and takes too long to play... I scored about 1,500,000 and played for a long, long time before I stopped in disgust.
posted by insomnia_lj at 12:24 PM on March 2, 2003

...and it didn't let me play an eight letter word. Bastards.
posted by insomnia_lj at 12:25 PM on March 2, 2003

The bad news: It's $25

Why is this bad? Support small software companies!
posted by the fire you left me at 12:41 PM on March 2, 2003

does the game ever end? i want to go to bed!
posted by andrew cooke at 5:17 PM on March 2, 2003

Must... end... game...

(ooh, look - taste! quick, submit it!)

Must... end... game...
posted by jazon at 6:09 PM on March 2, 2003

Lacking a PC, I haven't tried this - but, if as aladfar suggested in the other thread, it's like OS X's Nomia, then it must be terrific. Nomia's a fun, challenging and addictive word-game, and it's made by two friends of mine. Plus, registering is a mere $10.
posted by Marquis at 6:42 PM on March 2, 2003

Yeah, but Drug Wars is only $12.95...
posted by Vidiot at 7:20 PM on March 2, 2003

Pity it hasn't a high score feature.
Confusing that c--t is OK but negro aint
posted by johnny7 at 11:57 PM on March 2, 2003

I had a burning R that I let reach the bottom, believing I could get rid of it with the word Norse. The Bookworm dictionary didn't recognize the word Norse, and I lost. There went Popcap's chances for my $25.
posted by stevefromsparks at 2:37 PM on March 3, 2003

Cheat for Bookworm:

If you double-click the first letter of a word, it doesn't have to be contiguous to the rest of the letters in that word. You can start with a "g" on one side of the board and end with "one" on the other side to get credit for "gone". This helps you crank up the bonus points and eliminate the burning letters.

I've done this with the online version and Safari on OS X. It doesn't seem to work with Explorer on W2K. The game still doesn't end -- I pushed it past 10,000,000 and then gave up
posted by joaquim at 4:18 PM on March 3, 2003

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