Has anybody played Whirly Words? I just can’t stop. I landed a free copy of the Whirly Words game with one of the codes that Starbucks gives away and downloaded it to my iPhone and that was really the beginning of the end for me.
Simply described it’s a six letter version of scrabble but it’s the way it works that gives it the edge in my opinion.
A game consists of as many rounds as you can decipher and during each round you must change your red ball to a green ball. A score bar fills up with each word you find moving towards your ball. At the beginning of the game the early rounds are easier as the line you have to cross to change the color of your ball is low, so you only have to find a few words. As you complete more and more rounds you have to find more and more words to pass the line. However, finding a six letter word will change your ball to green wherever you are. Great for Lazies like me.
But the feature I like the most is the fact that you are presented with how many words you need to find, rather than stabbing in the dark and not knowing if you have found them all. They are listed alphabetically so if one is missing you can sometimes work out what it should be.
Press on any word at the end of each round to find the meanings of the words you guessed or the words you missed – highly educational.
From time to time I get angry with it; sometimes you know something is a word and it is not listed. Other times my husband just looks at me wearily and says, ‘That’s an English word not an American word’, and goes back to what he’s doing.
All in all I love this game and for older students it might actually help with vocabulary, challenge them to challenge themselves.