Early Word icon Early Word: Quick Intro

Form words crossword-fashion on a 15x15 board. No bonuses or penalties. Simple scoring. Easy for beginners; challenging for advanced players.

Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a tile to pick it up; the cursor will change to the letter on the tile. Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a blank square to drop a tile; the cursor will change to the default arrow cursor.


You do NOT have to hold the left mouse button down to drag a tile: just click to pick a tile up and click to put a tile down.

game board

The letter pool is composed of 100 tiles -- 98 tiles with letters and 2 blank tiles which are "wild" and can be used as any letter. Tiles are randomly drawn from the pool to fill the trays at the beginning of a game and to refill the trays after each play.

You use the letters in your tray to form horizontal and vertical words crossword-fashion on a 15 x 15 board.

The first word must consist of two or more tiles placed horizontally or vertically anywhere on the board.

After you form a word on the board the computer checks to see if it's in the current word list; if it is you are awarded points.


score = 7 points

When Game Mode is "various points," the point-value of a letter varies: for example, A is worth 1 point, P is worth 3 points and Q is worth 10 points. Blank tiles have no point-value.

score = 3 points

When Game Mode is "one point," all letters, including blanks, are worth one point. It's easier to calculate the score for words when Game Mode is "one point."

After you form a word on the board the computer checks to see if it's in the current word list; if it is you are awarded points.

When you successfully check a word, the score is either (1) the sum of the letter points of each letter in the primary word and all cross words (various points) or (2) the sum of one point for each letter in the primary word and all cross words (one point).

There are no bonus points for using all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo).

If you place a word on the board and choose the menu item "Help | Calculate Word's Points" the points for the play will be calculated for you.

At the end of a game no penalty points are subtracted from the scores for the tiles remaining the players' trays.

The player with the highest score at the end of a game is the winner.


See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table