Word games
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Date: 7 April, 2004

Don't upset the Grammar Gorillas
'Help the grammar gorillas to make sense of the sentences and win bananas.'

Another diverse selection of games this month as chosen by Steve Couch. All are available to play online for free, without any need to register with the host sites.

Some games require your browser to have a ‘plug in’ for Shockwave. You can download this for free here

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it’s on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you’re happy. (And, don’t forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

How much do you know about the origins of words? How will you fare in the self-styled 'toughest word game on the web'? Answer ten multiple choice questions and see how much you know (or can work out).

A game a day
A whole host of word games, split into two different levels of difficulty with enough choice for a different game every day of the month in each level. Take the time to explore this site in depth, some of the games are a cut above the typical web-based word fare.

The grammar gorillas
Help the grammar gorillas to make sense of the sentences and win bananas. Quite straightforward grammar questions, but a useful site for children (or adults) trying to get their heads round the difference between verb and adverb, conjunction and preposition.

A simple game - find the highest scoring anagram using only the seven letters chosen by the computer. Over 500 combinations of letters to try, so this game will sustain repeated playing. If your guess isn't the highest scoring one, you get the option of trying again or giving up and being shown the winning word. Ideal for perfectionists and quitters alike!

OK, so it's Boggle with a cunningly disguised name. You have three minutes to find as many four letter words as possible from the randomly selected array of letters in your grid.

Find the mystery four letter word (don't worry - they aren't that kind of four letter words). After each guess you will be told how many letters you have correct, how many of the right letters in the wrong places and how many letters that are completely wrong. Keep track of your old answers and work it out. Anyone who remembers the old Mastermind board game with the coloured pegs will recognise the format, but this is adds an element of logic to the wordiness.

Another old favourite that has found a home on the web. Solve the clue and fill in all the missing letters before the noose claims another victim.

Letter Linker
Find words hidden in the letters and progress through the levels. Longer words score points, and it's all against the clock. Another Boggle variation, where you find words hidden in the letters on screen. The variation here is that there is a time limit for each level, and a sense of progression. One of the better Boggle variants around.

Alex the bookworm is hungry, and you have to find words in a constantly changing library of letters to feed him. But watch out for the burning books - if they reach the bottom of the screen, they will burn the whole library down.

Wordy Worm
From our very own Global Gang website, find the words in wordy the worm and get some tips on helping everyone to get the best out of the soil.

Mixed Messages
Another Global Gang offering. Solve the clues to fill in the grid and solve the secret message.

Word Central
Not so much a games site as a wordy site, but worth including anyway. Includes the chance to make your own dictionary, with all the words you think the world is dying to discover. How did we ever cope without Insongnia (noun; the state of mind in which you have a song stuck inside your head)? This site is probably aimed at children who already take a certain degree of pleasure in words.

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