8 More Word Games You Can Play To Sharpen Your Language Skills

Saikat Basu 01-07-2011

<firstimage=”//” />word gamesAs a writer and blogger, words are what I am surrounded with in my waking hours. Putting them together into coherent sentences is my daily fix. But every wordsmith also needs to sharpen his axe from time to time. I have always found the best grindstone for that to be the numerous word games that can be played online for free. They not only let me play with letters, words, and sentences – but also give me a break from the occasional tedium. Word games also serve as an antidote to what befalls us all – the stumble of the writer’s block.


We have featured quite a few posts on word games and ways to have fun with language. For that head below where I have mentioned the links. For now, go right down and take a look at a few more word games I found while scouring the web. Let your creativity flow with these eight online word games while you take a break from your day job.


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The How to Play section of this word game describes it simply – Verbotomy is about creating words. Everyday a definition along with a cartoon is there for you to create a ‘new’ word. That’s a ‘verboticism’. After you create your verboticism, you can vote for other authors’s words to help select the winning verboticism for the definition. It’s a simple four step process – read the definition; create a new word; save your word; and vote for your favorite word. The screenshot above shows how the daily challenges are played out.

Word Association

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On first look, this game does not seem to have any practical utility you can think of, apart from jogging your grey cells. You play the game by associating a new word to the word displayed on the screen. The challenge is to not break the chain of related words for as long as possible. The statistics page reveals the strong and weak word associations as the database gets built up around the words. Try it, the game progressively gets difficult and you will soon find yourself approaching the limits of your vocabulary.


Turn-O-Phrase [Broken URL Removed]

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This is a game even kids can play. You are given a picture (or pictures) that stand in place of common English words, phrases, proverbs, or sayings. You have to guess what it is and enter it in the white box underneath the pictures. Solve each word puzzle and move on to the next picture in the series.  As you play, you will earn points for solving each puzzle. If you get flummoxed, you can use the ‘Hint’ button to discover one of the hidden words. Of course each hint reduces the points you get when this particular puzzle is solved.


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Crickler is a not so easy game that can break you out of your language lull. What can you say when the instructions are themselves in the form of a letter puzzle. Clicker News Puzzles takes it cues from news items. You have to guess the words from the clues and fill up the boxes. The game has its own ‘artificial intelligence’ which adapts to your skill level. Each Crickler also works with a handicap system – just like golf – the lower your handicap; the more difficult will be the puzzle.



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Clockwords is Flash game that takes you into Victorian London. As a brainiac inventor you have just made a machine that runs on the power of language. Just then your lab is broken into by mechanical insects sent by a rival inventor that have come to steal your secrets! You must think and type quickly to fend off the invaders. Just type in the right words and zap the pests.

The Enigma Device

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The main site WordZap is filled with word games of different types, but I think you would like to try out this classic game based on the famous coding decoding device from WWII. The Java based game displays a histogram showing letter frequencies and a scrambled humorous quotation on top. Your task is to use one-letter substitutions to unscramble the code. It  hasn’t been updated for a while but is still fun to play.


Retail Alphabet Game

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This is not exactly a word game in that sense, but it’s great fun because it will test if you have been watching all those ads carefully. You will be given 26 alphabet letterforms, taken from product and corporate logos from well-known brands within the United States. Your job is to figure out the source of each. There are five to play so far.

Word Games

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Word Games is an online Flash games site that focuses completely on games built around words. Word Games makes it easy to play games by organizing them into channels like Word Search games, Typing games, Crosswords games, Sudoku games, Mahjong games, Puzzles games and some more. The games are of the time-water variety and you go quickly in and out of them in a space of a few minutes.


If you have still some time to kill and words to fill try out our previous word and language related tool from the links below:

Do you know of any other word game we can try out? Let us know in a few words.

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  1. Sid
    July 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Useful post.. thnx.. 

  2. Anonymous
    July 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Don't forget about Bookwork Deluxe by PopCap games. Helps expand your vocabulary and spelling skills. Recommend for mainly for children but aimed at a general audience.

  3. Tlaplander
    July 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Do you know of any cool iPad apps for language arts? I teach middle school and have been having a difficult time locating age appropriate apps for middle schoolers. 

    • Saikat Basu
      July 7, 2011 at 2:58 am

      The iPad apps universe must have some. A cursory search revealed some like the ones you will find here and here. A concentrated search will reveal many more.

  4. andrea cinnamond
    July 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

    You may have already mentioned this one but a friend turned me on to the scrabble app Words With Friends. I play it on my iPad with friends all over the world. I think I have four or five games going on at any time.