Stacks icon Stacks: Quick Intro

Depending upon Play Direction you stack words up or down (horizontal primary words) or left or right (vertical primary words). You receive bonus points for reaching the opposite side of the board before your opponent.

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 across the Start square in the bottom or top row or leftmost or rightmost column.

Depending upon Play Direction you stack words up or down (horizontal primary words), left or right (vertical primary words).

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.

At the opposite side of the board from the Start square is the End square. You receive 50 bonus points for crossing it, but you don't have to.

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.

More information about Stacks


See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table