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Gridwords is a unique puzzle game for Android.

Gridwords game grid

The object of Gridwords is to find words of specified lengths with a grid of letters.

The initial levels are simple to give you some confidence, but they will soon become much harder and more of a challenge to solve.

Gridwords is rated "safe for everyone" in all possible IARC regions.



Download Gridwords
Click here to download Gridwords from the Google Play store.

Version 1.0 - 10th of October, 2017.

No Nonsense Privacy Policy
Gridwords does not collect and/or share any personal information. No information is collected while you are playing. No information is shared with third parties.

The required permissions when installing are only used for the Share button. When sharing, the current screen is saved to an image under a newly created Gridwords gallery folder and then that image can be shared via your device's share mediums (email, social media, etc).




Scoring Explained
You start with 100 points at the beginning of each level.

Every time you unselect a selected square you lose 1 point. If you unselect a group of selected squares then you lose 1 point for each square in the group.

If you do not change any selected squares during a level you will get a perfect score of 100.

You can always retry a level where you did not get a perfect score of 100. To retry a level, touch the level you want to retry on the score card.

Hints and Coins
Gridwords hint icon
If you are finding a level difficult to solve you can use hints to help you. Touch the light bulb icon on the upper left of the screen to bring up the hint dialog.

You pay for hints using virtual coins. Coins are earned while playing the game. A perfect level earns you 5 coins, otherwise you earn 1 coin per level.



Gridwords Dialogs and Screens
The rest of this page includes more detailed help for the various dialogs and screens you will see while playing Gridwords.

The Welcome Dialog
When you launch Gridwords you will be shown the Welcome dialog.

Gridwords welcome dialog

Level Pack

Level packs are sets of 250 Gridwords levels to play through. There are 3 difficulty levels with 10 level packs of 250 levels each giving you 7500 total levels.

Game Options

High contrast text uses white text to clearly show numbers against darker backgrounds.

Magnify squares when touched will show a magnified view of the number when you touch and hold down your finger. Without lifting your finger you can move around the grid and get a magnified view of any number in the grid.

Enable sound plays notes as you touch the screen. When you are playing in public either wear headphones or disable this feature.

Vibrate on touch will cause your device to vibrate when buttons and the screen are touched. If your device does not have a vibrator this option will not be visible.

Enable speech will speak the grid letters as you touch them and speak each completed word.

Dialog buttons

Start - Loads your latest score card so you can begin or continue your progress through the Gridwords levels.

Help - Opens this page.

About - Shows version information for Gridwords.

Score Card
The score card keeps track of your progress through the Gridwords levels.

Gridwords score card

Level

The first column shows the Gridwords levels. There are 25 major levels and 10 minor levels per major level.

Score

The second column shows your scores for the levels. A star indicates you got a perfect score for that level. A padlock indicates level access is locked. You must complete the easier levels in order to unlock and access the more difficult levels.

Retries

The third column keeps track of how many times you had to restart the level before solving it.

Time

The final column shows how long each level took for you to complete. The times are shaded between cyan for your fastest time to red for your slowest time.

Score Card buttons

Start - Starts the next level.

Reset Score Card - Deletes all your progress and clears the score card so you can start from the beginning.

Game Grid
The game grid is the main screen you will be seeing while playing Gridwords.

Gridwords game grid

Icons

Gridwords hint icon
The light bulb icon is the hint button. Press it if you get stuck trying to solve a level. Each hint costs 1 hint coin. The total number of hint coins you have left is displayed to the right of the light bulb.

Gridwords hint icon
The restart icon clears the game grid and restarts the level.

Level

The top of the screen shows the current level you are playing.

Target word length

Under the level is the target word length. This shows how many letters you need to use to create words from.

Current word

The third box down displays the current letters you have selected.

Game grid

The game grid contains all the letters you can use to create target words. You can unselect a selected square or group by touching it a second time. You lose a point for every square you change.

Current level score

At the bottom of the screen you will see your current level score.

How the grid is filled
The words used to fill the grid come from different dictionaries depending on the difficulty level selected.

The Easy difficulty uses a dictionary file with the most common 1000 English words. This allows the grids to be solved by younger children.

The Medium difficulty uses the most common 3000 words for a bit more of a challenge.

The Hard difficulty uses the official Scrabble dictionary (the OSPD) with a lot of stranger words for more of a challenge.

When solving grids the words you enter are checked against the full disctionary so you can use any obscure words if it helps finish your grid.

Secret Tip
Thanks for reading this far. As a reward here is a way you can get extra coins if you run out.

Most games like this out there would ask you to purchase hint coin packs for real world money. Not this app.

If you want an extra 100 hint coins when you get stuck, open the About dialog and click the "About Gridwords" title text 5 times.

Support
If you have any problems with Gridwords or have any suggestions to make please contact me.