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Wordox (Browser)

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Description

Wordox is a multi-player game where the player tries to steal others letters and avoids having his own letters stolen. All players can see a common rack of letters that can be used to form a word. The first player to take his turn must drag tiles from the tile tray to the board to create a word that touches the middle of the board (the green circle). The tiles placed down must be connected together in a single row or column. One point is scored for each tile that the player owns. If he makes words using another player's tiles, the player takes ownership of their tiles, thus taking points away from their score and adding them to your own.

If a tile is placed on an orange space, a player is awarded a special temporary Orange Point. If he places a tile on a pink square, the number of Orange Points that he has accumulated will be added to his score, the board will clear, and all other players will have their Orange Points taken away. The time per player turn and the score to win can be specified by the person creating the table (usually from 50 for a two-player game down to 30 for four players).

The easiest way to steal a whole word is to add S to make a plural but whoever sets up the table can choose a no S-steals option to make it more difficult. Also, putting a word parallel to an existing one can steal multiple letters from it as long as all the resulting touching tiles form valid words. Knowing a list of all valid 2 and 3-letter words is an advantage in doing this. Avoiding making words that will allow an opponent to make another from it to clear the board is also essential.

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Computer Games Magazine Jul 20, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Wordox was created for Sierra Games' Won.net gaming portal in 1999 by Brian Fiete and Brian Rothstein (who would later go on to form PopCap Games). During the dot.com boom, Won.net was merged into Flipside in 2000, and with Uproar.com in 2001 where Wordox was also playable. In 2000, Wordox was included with extra features on the Hoyle Word Games CD-ROM as well as some other later Hoyle compilations.


Scaryfun (12073) added Wordox (Browser) on Jan 06, 2010