Will's Barricadoes icon Will's Barricadoes: Quick Intro

After each move the number of free squares on the board is reduced by the placement of barriers.

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.


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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 each move barriers are placed on the board which reduces the number of open squares.

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When Barricade Mode is Random (above), barriers are placed in 7 randomly-chosen, empty squares.


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When Barricade Mode is Sequential (above), the empty squares of one row or column are filled with barriers starting at the top left and spiraling inward clockwise.


The score for a valid word is the sum of (1) the letter-points of the primary word and all new cross-words and (2) any bonus points.

When you use all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo), the total points for the play are doubled.

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 the game penalty points equal to the letter-points of the tiles in each player's tray are subtracted from each player's score (if at least one scoring move has been made).

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

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See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table