A great way to keep your brain sharp is by challenging it every day. You can do this by reading up about a subject you don’t know much about or learning a language, or you can play a game and actually have some fun. These five free word games are all fun but will give your brain a work out. Whether you’re searching for words, solving riddles or filling in the blanks you will have a good time and maybe learn a bit.
Ruzzle is like Boggle but you can play against your friends or strangers. You are given a block of random letters and you have two minutes to make as many words as you can before time runs out. Certain letters are worth triple or double points and longer words will give you more points. Sign in with Facebook to play against your friends or find a random opponent. Games go for three rounds and whoever has the most points wins. It’s a fun way practice seeing things in a different way.
- Can play with Facebook friends
- Start multiple matches at once
- Comes in 14 languages
- Ads between each game
- Have to wait for your opponent
- Have to level up for tournament play
2. Hanging with Friends
Words with Friends is old news. The new word game on the block is Hanging with Friends, which combines Scrabble and Hangman. Set up a game with a random person or log onto Facebook to play a friend. Begin by making a game out of random letters given to you. Then your opponent will have to guess the word you played. Each person gets a number of strikes before they lose a life. Your avatar is hanging in the sky with balloons and if you run out of strikes one of your balloons will be popped. The first person to fall out of the sky loses.
- Can play against Facebook friends
- Fun animation and avatars
- Can play up to 20 games at once
- Ads between each game
- Have to log in to play
- Have to wait for opponents to respond
3. What’s the Phrase
Just like Wheel of Fortune, What’s the Phrase let’s you spin the wheel, guess phrases and compete against your friends. Begin by choosing a category then spin the wheel to earn some cash. Try to guess the phrase with just a few letter, then buy a vowel if you need to. If you find yourself stumped, pass it to your opponent. That person will have two rolls and two guesses, and if they find themselves stumped i will come back to you. The first person to guess it wins. It is very simple, but very fun. There is a good variety of puzzles and categories to choose from.
- Play against Facebook friends
- Good variety of categories and puzzles
- Hints if you get really stuck
- Have to use coins to everything
- Ads between each turn
- Have to wait for an opponent to respond
4. 7 Little Words
This game seems very easy but it is quite difficult. You are given a series of clues and just parts of words. To win, you must combine the word parts to create all of the words that go with the clues. The way you look at words will change after trying to piece together familiar words from strange combinations of letters. There are a lot of free puzzles to go through, but if you are especially talented, you may have to purchase new packs. This is an individual game so you’re the only one that can work through the problems, but you will have 15 free hints.
- A lot of free puzzles to go through
- Very simple navigation
- New puzzles every day
- Have to buy certain puzzle packs
- Some words can be very difficult
- Only have a few hints
5. Little Riddles
Little Riddles doesn’t have any frills and it just gets down to interesting and hard riddles. You will be given a clue and a set of letters and you have to try to figure out what the missing word is. It will start out easy but get harder as you go along, and some can feel impossible. If you find yourself in a jam, ask friends for help with social media or text message. You can even watch an ad to get a hint. The more words you can get in a row, the more coins you’ll earn that you can use later to buy hints.
- Interesting puzzles
- Continuous play
- Can ask friends for help
- Ads after every word
- Can seem repetitive
- Takes a little while to get really difficult