Anna's Train icon Anna's Train: Quick Intro

The first letter you choose acts like the locomotive of a train: you move it around the board attaching letters to form a word.

At the start of a game 98 tiles with letters are randomly placed on the board. There are no blank tiles in this game.

You click on a tile anywhere on the board to make it the first connected letter of the word you are going to form. It acts like the locomotive of a train. You then move it around the board connecting additional letters until the word is complete.

When you check a word, if it's in the current word list you are awarded points -- the sum of (1) the letter-points of the primary word and all new cross-words (if any) and (2) any bonus points -- and the letters of the primary word are removed from the board.

The goal is to achieve a high score by removing all of your tiles from the board.


You click on a letter anywhere on the board to make it the first letter of the word you are going to form (the R above). Its color changes from the unconnected color to the connected color. The first letter is always highlighted with a black and white box drawn on it.

When you move the first letter, the first tile it bumps into becomes the second connected letter. Above if the R is moved to the left it will connect to the B. If it is moved to the right it will connect to the E. Therefore, you must take care when choosing and moving the first letter.

IMPORTANT: You cannot disconnect letters. Above if you moved the R to the left and connected to the B you would not be able to form a word because there are no words in the word lists beginning RB.


Above the first letter R was moved to the right, bumped into and was connected to the second letter E which changed to the connected color. The word formed so far is RE. You could press the Check Word button if your wanted to.

After the first letter is connected to the second letter it cannot connect to any other letters; that is, it can bump into other letters without connecting. All further connections are made by backing the train of letters into the next letter. To connect a letter to the train of letters there must be a space between the last connected letter and the letter you want to bump into.

The first letter acts as the engine of a train and the following connected letters are the cars.


The letters R and E were moved two squares to the left. They only had to be moved one square, but moving two squares shows that the first letter R did not connect to the B when it bumped into it. Only one letter can connect to the first letter. New letters only connect to the letter at the end of the train of letters.


The R and E were moved two squares to the right; the E bumped into the D and it was connected forming the word RED. Again, you could press the Check Word button if your wanted to.


The primary word is the word you form by connecting letters and is displayed in the connected-letters color. Cross-words words are formed perpendicular to the letters in the primary word.

Above WAND is the primary word and AX and IN are the cross-words.

If Game Mode were "With Cross-words" you would receive 20 points: primary word WAND = 8, cross-word AX = 10 and cross-word IN = 2.

If Game Mode were "Without Cross-words" you would receive only 8 points for the primary word WAND.

If Game Mode is set to "With Cross-words" then you get points for all valid cross-words. But any unconnected letters touching a connected letter in the primary word must form a valid word.

If Game Mode is set to "Without Cross-words" then letters touching the connected letters do not have to form valid words, but you get no points for cross-words.

Above if Game Mode were "Without Cross-words" you would receive 6 points for the primary word PIE. If Game Mode were "With Cross-words" you would receive no points if there were two players because the cross-words PTH and INO are not valid words. If there were a single-player then three points would be deducted from the score for the three letters of PIE.

All words must be two or more letters long. A and I are not considered words in this game.

If the primary word is seven or more letter long, you receive bonus points: the points for the primary word (not cross-words) are doubled.

After you form a word, if you choose the menu item "Help | Calculate Word's Points" the points for the play will be calculated for you.

The menu item "Help | Highlight Letter" enables you to make any letter on the board to stand out from the others.

See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table