Summary Feed the bookworm by linking letters together to form words.
Description Type: Puzzle
Players: 1 Player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: Endless
Developer or Designer: PopCap
Full version relatively expensive
Q tile has 'u' attached
In Bookworm you have to link letters together to form words. The longer the word, the bigger the score. It is a fun and simple game, and with no timer, it allows you to study the panel without any pressure. Instead of it being a race against the clock, the level comes to an end once the bookworm is full. This happens when the shelf on the left hand side gets filled with books. Books fill the shelf every time you submit a word, so the challenge is to find the highest scoring words. It is quality over quantity, making it more of an educational experience.
There are other factors that determine how much a word is worth, other than just length. In the corner of each tile are a certain number of dots; the more dots, the more the letter is worth. The higher scoring letters include Z and J.
Sometimes different coloured tiles will appear. Green and gold tiles boost your score, but if a red tile reaches the bottom of the screen, the game is over.
Once you get to level two, the Bookworm will give you bonus words to find, that also increase your score. Don't worry about having to find the word on the same level it is given, as it carries on to the next round.
At the end of each level you are shown your highest scoring word and longest scoring word. In the free online version, this information is not saved, but if you buy the full download, you can save your high scores and play in full screen mode. At £6.04, it is quite expensive for a small online game such as this, especially since the free version provides most of the gameplay you want anyway.
Bookworm is one of my favourite online games, and definitely my favourite by Popcaps. Unless a red tile hits the bottom of the screen, the game goes on practically for infinity; I can get totally absorbed, and just keep playing round after round after round.