Make a 5x5 square and a list of the letters in the alphabet. Take turns
playing a letter into the square. Score by forming words.
Only words in the dictionary may be used. Proper names may not.
Make words forwards, backwards, up, down, or diagonally. They
may only be formed in a straight line.
Score all words formed by playing a letter. Each word scores the
square of it's length.
Example 1: Making a 3-letter word
scores 9 points (3x3=9).
Example 2: Playing a letter that
3-letter word backwards and a 4-letter word diagonally scores 9 points
for the 3-letter word, 16 for the 4-letter one. You get 25
points for playing the letter (3x3 + 4x4 = 25).
The player with the most points when all letters are gone wins.
The 'I' and 'J' are played as the single letter 'IJ'. It may be used as
either an 'I' or a 'J'. If used in two or more words, it may be an 'I'
for one and a 'J' for another, always as an 'I', or always as a 'J'.
Easy game: Each player picks
the letter they will use.
Challenge game: Another player
picks the letter for you.
Random game: Write the letters
on 25 cardboard squares and pick them at
random from a hat or box.
Bible game: You may only play
words and names from the Bible (any translation). This is much harder,
so each player picks
the letter they will use.
Bilingual game: You may use
words from two languages. This is easier, so another player
picks the letter for you. If a language uses diacritics (accent marks),
the letter can be treated as if it did or did not have it. If used in
two or more words, the letter may be treated as having a diacritic for
some words and not having one for others.
This isn't an entire example game, but it has some snapshots from one.
The starting setup for a Word Square game.
There are 25 letters to match the 5x5 grid.
Notice that 'IJ' is a single letter.
The first letter has been played. It is the letter 'A'.
It forms the word "A".
The word is 1-letter long, so it scores 1 point (1x1=1).
Notice that the 'A' is now marked out of the list of letters.
Skipping ahead to the 3rd turn.
The 'S' has just been played. This forms the word "AS". It is 2 letters
long, so it scores 4 points (2x2=4).
Skipping ahead to turn 8.
The 'R' has just been played. This forms the word "ART" diagonally. It
is 3 letters long, so it scores 9 points (3x3=9).
The letter 'G' has just been played.
It forms the word "GAS" forwards (9 points), the word "SAG" backwards
(9 points), and the word "GO" down (4 points).
The letter 'G' just scored someone 22 points (9+9+4=22).
The letter 'W' has just been played.
It forms the word "MOW" for 9 points.