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Bookworm is a combination of Scrabble and Bejeweled, in which you create words by selecting letters from adjacent tiles. Completed words are converted to points and removed from the board. New tiles fall in from the top to fill in the empty tile positions. Watch out for fiery letter tiles that will burn through your other tiles one at a time. Creating longer words will stave off burning tiles and generate bonus tiles as well. Words containing bonus tiles are worth more points.

The dictionary in this deluxe version is robust, containing over 150,000 words from three to twelve letters long. The Deluxe version adds an Action Game, new bonus gem tiles, automatic saved games, many word definitions, and a high score Hall of Fame maintained locally and, optionally, on the Internet.


Bookworm Deluxe Game Boy Advance Title screen.
Bookworm Deluxe Game Boy Advance However, this one's better since it gets rid of all 3 red tiles at once
Bookworm Deluxe Game Boy Advance A red tile has reached the bottom
Bookworm Deluxe Macintosh Making a word

Alternate Titles

  • "Bookworm" -- iPhone title
  • "Bespelled Deluxe" -- Microsoft-branded release

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Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jun, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Worth Playing Nintendo DSi Jan 14, 2010 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nintendo DS Dec 04, 2009 8.4 out of 10 84 (UK) iPhone Apr 02, 2009 8 out of 10 80 J2ME Sep 03, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) Nintendo DSi Nov 12, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Nintendo DSi Dec 02, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Softonic Windows Sep 09, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameDaily Windows Apr 11, 2006 6 out of 10 60 Windows Jul 10, 2008 10 out of 20 50


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1001 Video Games

Bookworm appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Puzzle Game of the Year

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