How is SpellGrid different from other word games?
Word games generally test what you already know, instead of helping to expand your vocabulary. SpellGrid is designed with word discovery in mind. When playing SpellGrid, while you will instinctively form words you already know first, you will eventually be discovering new words simply through experimentation. You will expand your vocabulary and improve your scores through repeated plays. Being exposed to the same set of letters in a single game helps you focus and remember new words. SpellGrid brings emergent game play to word building, organically introducing obstacles based on the player’s own decisions, ensuring that no two games are completely the same.
Why should I pay to get SpellGrid+ when there is a free version?
You will love the extras that come with SpellGrid+. You get QUICK PLAY for 8 and 9 letter grids (2 and 3 minutes games respectively) instead of just 7 letter grids. You can also create ENDLESS 6 letter grids (no time limit, grid saved automatically when you exit the session and you can keep going back to expand on it later). There is also a ZEN PLAY mode (no time limit, plan carefully and occupy 50 or more cells to get the best score possible). The downside is you will never get to see ads in the paid version.
I love those stats in SpellGrid, but what is Occupancy Index?
It is a measure of how well you are reusing tiles. If you place tiles strategically such that you get more clusters, you will end up with a higher Occupancy Index (closer to 2.0). If you form words in a snake formation, using just one tile for joining words, you will end up with a lower score (closer to 1.0).
Wait, what are clusters?
When you place letters such that they occupy 2×2 area of cells, that is a cluster. Each cluster you make gives you extra 20 seconds and 20 points.
Why is there no tutorial?
I am experimenting with intuitive user experience design. I think I am getting there but… maybe not? I will try to put in a tutorial but for now please just keep playing and you will discover how everything works – drag letters off the word you are given, form words, tap that tick button that will show up if your move is valid. Keep doing that until you run out of time (game over). And then play another grid. You will get the hang of it. Promise.
How do I get to the screen where I can choose my starting word?
To the left of the QuickPlay label is a darker area with the SpellGrid icon. Tapping that will toggle the various modes. Sometimes that area will blink a little. Very subtle blink. I was hoping that will pique the user’s curiosity enough to tap it. As a side note, I am really experimenting with intuitive natural discovery with a minimalist design. I like the idea of users discovering more of the app over time as usage increases.