This is the help content for Wordzor, also accessible through the game's Online Help button in the Options menu.
Wordzor is a word game developed for the Google Android platform and is currently supported on the T-Mobile G1. There are two versions available in the Android Market: Wordzor and Wordzor Lite. Wordzor is the full version that contains all of the features. Wordzor Lite is a free demo version that has limited features.
The basic idea of Wordzor is that you are presented with a grid of random letters. You need to select adjacent letters to create words. The letters must be to the top, bottom, left, or right - no diagonals. Once a valid word is found, the word is removed from the board and the letters above it drop into place. New random letters are added at the top. You earn points for each word based on points for each letter and the length of the word.
Which way is "down" and "above" depends on how the phone is held - Wordzor uses the phone's orientation sensor to determine how you're holding it. You can rotate the phone in any of 4 directions to decide which way letters drop.
The letter dropping is important because of bombs - bombs show up sometimes when you clear out words, and you need to remove them from the grid before the counter gets to zero. The way to clear them from the grid is by getting the bomb to the bottom row.
When your score gets to a certain point, you move to a new level. There are a few different ways the game can end, depending on the game type you're playing, but the two ways all game types will end is if a bomb gets to zero or if no valid words can be found on the board.
There are just a few options available in the Options menu accessible from the opening screen.
This option turns on the "hints" feature - if you go 15 seconds without finding a word, "Hint?" will show up on the top of the screen. Touch that, and the first letter of a valid word will be selected for you. If that still doesn't help you see a word, try randomly selecting words starting with that tile. The dictionary included with Wordzor is extensive and includes slang terms from almost every English speaking country in the world.
This option turns on the popup tips that show up when something happens in the game. For example, the tips that show up at the beginning and the one that shows up when you first see a bomb. These can get annoying, so after you see them once you probably want to turn them off.
There are a few different background colors available, pick one you like. If you have any suggestions for one you'd like to see, send us an e-mail.
You can view the high scores for each game type here. You can also check out the longest and highest-scoring words discovered. This is for bragging to your friends.
You can erase the stored high scores with this option.
Online help takes you to this page you're reading now.
About shows some information about where Wordzor came from, as well as some copyright information.
From the opening screen, you can resume a game (if you were playing one before) or start a new game. If you start a new game there are several options you can set.
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There are three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. The difference between them is the distribution of vowels and consonants. Easy has the most vowels. I'm working on changing this because easy isn't easy enough.
There are five game types available:
To play Wordzor, you need to create words. Words are created by selecting adjacent letters. They have to be to the top, bottom, left, or right - not diagonal. When you touch a letter, you can touch it again to un-select it.
If you hold your finger down on a letter, a zoom window will show up at the top of the screen. This is a better visual indication of which letter your finger is on. Because the letter tiles are so small, sometimes it get frustrating to keep hitting the wrong letter. The zoom window lets you be more precise.
Once you select the first letter, you don't have to touch the next letter exactly. If you want to select the letter to the right, touch the screen anywhere to the right of your last letter. Same goes with top, bottom, and left. With a little practice, you should be able to select words very quickly and accurately.
Once you have a word selected, the blocks light up even more than they were lit up before. The top bar on the screen also lights up and indicates the score of the word. To clear the word from the board, either press the last letter of your word or press the top bar. This will remove the word from the board and the letters above will drop down.
Rotating the phone lets you choose which way is down when the words drop. You can tell which way is down by the orientation of the letters. Turn your phone on its side to see what I mean. The phone needs to stay relatively vertical - you can't place it on a table top, it should be held in front of you.
Bombs were put in the game to annoy you. After you get to Level 2, it's possible for a bomb to replace a letter in a word that you clear. With each higher level, the chance of getting a bomb increases.
The bomb's counter starts at 9 and decreases for each turn you take. Every time you clear a word, the timer goes down. To remove a bomb, you have to get it to the bottom row. Of course which row is the bottom depends on how you are holding the phone.
Bonus points are awarded for removing bombs based on the timer on the bomb - removing a bomb with the timer still at 9 is worth much more than one with a timer at 2. To get the most points, you need to position the phone in a way that lets you clear each bomb as fast as possible.
Tricks are items you earn that let you remove or rearrange letter tiles on the board. There are four different tricks available. They show up in the four large empty spaces between the scores and the letter grid. They have icon shapes that give you some indication of what they do.
To use a trick, press the icon and it should light up. You can then do whatever operation that trick supports. If you decide you don't want to use that trick after all, press the icon again and it should go back to normal.
The tricks are:
Tricks that remove letters don't award you points for those letters - they are purely for strategy.
Here are some top secret tips for playing Wordzor better. Don't tell anyone about these, they're really secret and awesome.
This page is (c) 2009 Jon Larimer