The Windows Store is full of challenging and fun word games that can be both addicting and educational. These offers range from hidden words to job creation games.
Most are available for Windows 10 Mobile when you’re on the go, and Windows 10 PC when you’re stuck behind the desk. The options range from word word puzzles to word creation games, with a few Xbox Live titles where you can give your Xbox Achievements collection a boost.
Updated January 27, 2017 We’ve made some changes to this article based on new versions, reader feedback, and staff discussion. There are a few new titles in the mix, as well as the ones we continue to rate as the best in the Windows Store. Let’s see how things have changed!
Wordament is a Boggle-style word game that is played online against other players in a continuous real-time word tournament. This Xbox game has been around for quite some time and is still an addicting waste of time.
Available for both Windows 10 PC and Mobile, the game’s design is pretty straightforward. You have a 4×4 grid of letters which are used to create as many words as possible before the two minute game timer expires. You connect adjacent letters vertically, horizontally, or diagonally to create words of three or more letters. Scoring is based on the point value assigned to each letter. If you’re drawing a blank and need a little help finding words, there’s a refresh button that shuffles the letters.
Once the game is over, your score is ranked against hundreds (if not thousands) of other Wordament players. Scoring summaries highlight chosen words, words not found, and a summary of field scoring statistics.
Wordament has a few display options and 17 Xbox Achievements up for grabs. It’s a free game available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, with progress synced between devices through your Microsoft account. Games only last a few minutes but can be dangerously addicting – this is a great choice when you only have a few minutes to spare, but strong enough to endure longer gaming sessions.
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Readers suggested a number of Scrabble style games, and while Words by Post and WordFeud were well represented, AlphaJax had the best performance. AlphaJax is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile as a free Xbox Live game, giving you an online Scrabble gaming experience.
AlphaJax offers online games against friends or random opponents, as well as a pass-and-play mode. The gameplay follows the traditional game of Scrabble with you starting with seven letter tiles which are to be used to build words on the game board. Each letter is assigned a point value and the strategy tiles offer score multipliers.
The gameplay is turn-based with a limited number of letter tiles available to replenish the ones you put into play. Words can be built on top of each other, and at the end, once all tiles have been used or none left. word is not possible, the player with the most points wins the game.
Alphajax lets you juggle up to 30 games at a time and keep track of all your game stats. Notifications are supported to alert you when it’s your turn to play, and a messaging feature is available for chatting. with your opponents. The pace of the game depends on your opponent, with no game timer in place to regulate the pace.
The free game is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, unfortunately not as a universal app. It would be nice to see that change with the mobile version which needs a refresh to bring it up to par with the PC version. Still, overall, Alphajax is a solid take on the classic board game and a stimulating way to pass the time.
The executioner of Trine
Trine’s Hangman has been available in the Windows Store since the days of Windows Phone 7. This word game is one of the best renditions of the classic hangman game available, offering eye-catching design and engaging gameplay. Even the 2011 trailer is still one of the sharpest gaming promotions around. And it is for Executioner.
Trine’s Hangman is an online version of the classic game where you compete against other players to see who can rack up the highest cumulative score. There is also a local two-player (pass-and-play style) mode available for you to test your spelling skills with friends.
The online component requires a free registration which allows your progress to follow you between devices. Trine’s Hangman has crisp graphics, smooth animations, Wikipedia integration, and bonus ringtones that can be downloaded to your Windows 10 Mobile phone. It’s a well-rounded and sharp pun.
Trine’s Hangman is an ad-supported free game for Windows 10 Mobile. You can opt out of ads with Trine’s Hangman Pro ($ 2.49) on the Windows Store.
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Snap Attack is another challenging word game from the developers behind Wordament. It is also an Xbox Live game available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. The fast-paced game challenges you to create as many words as possible in two and a half minute rounds.
The playing field is preset with a series of letters and you build your words using a collection of seven letters. Words or snapshots can be constructed relative to each other as long as the word string is anchored by one of the predefined letters. Once you’ve used up all your letters, hit the refresh button and start creating more words. Think of it as a quick game of Scrabble.
Scoring is based on the point values assigned to letters with score multipliers scattered across the game board. You compete against other players online to see who can amass the most points before the timer hits zero.
Like Wordament, Snap Attack tracks your game stats and ranks your performance against other players. Being an Xbox game, your progress is synced between Windows 10 devices.
Snap Attack is an ad-supported free-to-play game that’s great for when you only have a few minutes to spare or when you need a little help losing track of time.
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Everyone needs a good word search game, and there are plenty of great options in the Windows Store. Best of all, however, is the aptly titled word search from developer Steve Nessen.
Word Search stands out slightly from the crowd with the two difficulty levels and the huge collection of customizable words. The game plays out like any other word puzzle: you have a 10 x 12 scrambled letter grid containing 15 words hidden in plain sight. A drop-down list of these hidden words stretches across the top of the screen and as you discover them they are removed from the list. The goal is to identify all the words as quickly as possible.
Words are identified by tapping and sliding your finger along the letters to build the word. Words can be hidden vertically, diagonally or horizontally, and they can be spelled forward or backward.
Word Search settings give you the option to choose the type of words, and it includes 15 categories and five languages. The categories include topics such as movies, comic book characters, sports, cities, and more. Two difficulty levels are also available to complete the puzzle challenge.
The only nit I could find with word search is that the ad media banner was easily tapped when identifying the words at the bottom of the screen. This is not a compromise, but rather something to get used to. Alternatively, you can opt out of advertising support with an in-app purchase of $ 0.99. Word Search is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, and overall it’s an entertaining word game to waste track of time with.
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If you’ve tried any of these Windows 10 word games, let us know what you think in the comments. We’ve only scratched the surface of all the awesome word games in the Windows Store. There are plenty of others like Spellspire, Wordfix and 7 Little Words. And if you have a favorite pun that hasn’t been mentioned, feel free to share your recommendation.
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