I admit it. I am addicted to Words with Friends even though I often underwhelm my opponents with my word prowess  Now I have found a new free app to entertain myself when I can’t sleep or don’t want to vacuum.   Word Streak!  It can be found in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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The object of the game is to find as many words as you can by sliding your finger in a straight line—vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Let’s try it with the tiles up above.  I see…

  • rake
  • rakes
  • send
  • slid 
  • slide
  • seek

Obviously,  you can go left to right and right to left, but you cannot backtrack.

Do you see others?  Sure!  How about kin and kind?

I thought to myself…how hard can this be?  So I challenged a friend and was promptly humiliated.  The little ticking clock keeps track of the rounds.  Two minutes per round (tick, tick, tick), and just to keep the pressure on it dings when there are only 60 seconds left and then counts down from 10 seconds (10-9-8-7-…).

IMG_1484Decided I needed some practice.  I could rechallenge my friend (similar to Words with Friends), go online and play with a stranger (like that was going to happen) or play solo.  I am currently playing solo.  The app provides me a coach.  Big help he is. He plays some mythical game I never see and racks up points that appear on my screen.  However, I have beaten him—once.  My speed is picking up and I am learning the tricks of the game.  Plurals are good.

 

 

 

 

 

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See — here’s the proof that I sometimes win.  I earned 178 points to his 151.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the image above you can see that sometimes letters have extra value.  Peat and pear would earn me a triple words score! Seek and leek would get me extra points too.

That’s all there is to the game.  Easy to play, not as easy as it looks to beat your opponent.  Well, my two minutes are up and the clock is signaling me that  I am out of time.  Word Streak —play on your phone or tablet and find it for free in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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