If you need help passing the time, word games are a great option. The Windows Store is full of fun and challenging word games that can be addictive and educational at the same time.
Many of these titles are available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile that range from word creation to word solving style games. We've scoured the Windows Store in search of the finest word games on the shelves and have come up with this small sampling of the best Windows 10 word games.
Wordament is a Boggle-style word game that is played online against other gamers in a real-time continuous word tournament. This Xbox game has been around for some time and remains a solid choice of addictive time wasters.
The game design is rather simple. You are provided a 4x4 grid of letters that you have to use to create as many words as possible before the two-minute game timer expires. You connect adjacent letters vertically, horizontally or diagonally to create words of three or more letters in length. Letters are noted with a point value and a refresh button is available to scramble up the letters should you hit a brick wall.
Once the game is over, your score is ranked up against hundreds (if not thousands) of other Wordament players. Scoring summaries highlight your chosen words, words not found and a summary of scoring stats from the field.
Wordament does have a few display options and seventeen Xbox achievements to earn. It is a free game available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, with progress synchronized between devices through your Microsoft Account.
While games only last a couple of minutes, just be careful. Wordament has an addictive pull that may turn those two minutes of gaming into ten or fifteen minutes of intense competition.
Spellspire is a fun mashup of word and role-playing games. The Windows 10 Mobile title has you playing the role of a young wizard who must travel up a tower, defeating monsters along the way.
To defeat the monsters, the young wizard must create words from a grid of letters to power his wand. The larger the word, the more power is generated from the wand. The role-playing aspects of Spellspire has you collecting gold dropped by slain monsters that can be used to upgrade your equipment or buy new gear.
The game's store has a small collection of wands, hats and robes with special magical effects and abilities that compliment your word creation skills. As you ascend the tower, the monsters get stronger and you need to keep your gear updated in order to have a fighting chance at survival.
The free game is from the creative minds of 10Tons, Inc. and is one of the more unique word games available in the Windows Store. Spellspire is an entertaining word game adventure to lose track of time with.
Trine's Hangman has been available in the Windows Store since the days of Windows Phone 7 and is one of the best renditions of the classic game of hangman available. Trine's Hangman is a good looking, challenging and addictive game that has held up nicely over time. Even the 2011 trailer is still one of the sharpest game promos out there.
Trine's Hangman is an online version of the classic game where you compete against other gamers to see who can amass the most cumulative score. There is also a local two-player mode (pass and play style) available to allow you to test you spelling skills between friends.
Along with a vast dictionary of words to solve, Trine's Hangman also has Wikipedia integration to give the game an educational feel.
The online component does require free registration, though that allows your progress to follow you between devices. Trine's Hangman has crisp graphics, smooth animations and bonus ringtones that can be downloaded to your Windows 10 Mobile phone. It is just a well-rounded, sharp-looking word game.
Trine's Hangman is a free, ad-supported game. You can opt out of the ads with Trine's Hangman Pro ($2.49) from the Windows Store.
7 Little Words
7 Little Words is a painfully challenging word game that, instead of building words one letter of a time, has you creating words from groups of letters.
Each puzzle level consists of seven clues to mystery words and twenty letter groups that are used to create those words. The groups contain two or three letter clusters that can only be used once. For example, the clue is "without fault" and letter groups "BLA", "MEL" and "ESS" is used to create the correct word.
If you find yourself at a loss for words, hints are available to reveal the first letter, first tile or the entire word for a specific clue's answer. 7 Little Words includes fourteen hints with a $2.99 in-app option for unlimited hints.
7 Little Words is a challenging, sometimes nerve-racking, word game that is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile (listed separately). The free game includes 50 puzzles, along with daily puzzles. Additional puzzle packs are available through in-app purchases that range in price of $0.99 to $5.99.
If you have tried any of these Windows 10 word games, let us know what you think of them in the comments below. We have only scratched the surface of all the fantastic word games in the Windows Store and if you have a favorite word game not listed, feel free to share your recommendations in the comments as well.