Sunday, February 15, 2009

WORD Factory

I love playing word games. The first board game that I learned was Scrabble. I think I learned playing it when I was in my elementary years. After few years, I wanted a more challenging game and that was when I discovered WORD Factory. What I enjoy most about it is the time limit. Then, we decided to play with minimum of 4-5 words, just to make the game more difficult.

When I learned about free games online, I was hooked to different games. I played most of the free word games online.

A little info about WORD Factory game.

Word Factory was first distributed in 1978 and is still in circulation up to the present in the Philippines. This is the Philippines version of boggle.

The game was first patented in the Philippines, and is currently being manufactured and distributed to selected retailers by the Philippines-based game manufacturer, 13 P.M. Enterprises. Word Factory was a variation on the version of Boggle as it existed in 1978: using a 5x5 grid instead of a 4x4 one, and using plastic dice instead of wooden ones. At present, the game is being marketed to other countries, targeting mostly migrant Filipino families.

The game begins by shaking a covered tray of dice. Each die has a different letter printed on each of its sides. The dice settle into a four by four tray so that only the top letter of each cube is visible. After they have settled into the grid, a three-minute timer is started and all players simultaneously begin the main phase of play.

Each player searches for words that can be constructed from the letters of sequentially adjacent cubes, where "adjacent" cubes are those horizontally, vertically or diagonally neighboring. Words must be at least three letters long, may include singular and plural (or other derived forms) separately, but may not use the same letter cube more than once per word. Each player records all the words he or she finds by writing on a private sheet of paper. After three minutes have elapsed, all players must stop writing and the game enters the scoring phase.

In the scoring phase, each player reads off his or her list of discovered words. If two or more players wrote the same word, it is removed from all players' lists. Any player may challenge the validity of a word, in which case a previously nominated dictionary is used to verify or refute it. For all words remaining after duplicates have been eliminated, points are awarded based on the length of the word. The winner is the player whose point total is highest, with any ties typically broken by count of long words.


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