Arkadium Launches Writer’s Blox on Facebook – A Frisky Hands-On

Tue, Sep 21, 2010

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Arkadium, most known for their work on the Facebook game Mahjongg Dimensions, has partnered with Merriam-Webster dictionary to form a new word game on Facebook entitled Writer’s Blox.

Writer’s Blox can be most easily compared to Scrabble, in that you’ll be given a certain amount of letters and will have to use those letters on a game board (with a grid, complete with bonus squares for extra points on letters and full words) to form complete words. Each word you form earns you more points, with the entire goal being to earn the most amount of points possible, and at the same time, earn more points than all of your friends.

However, there’s a catch. Only a small portion of the letter’s you’re given are single letters. That is, you’ll often find pieces of two or more letters connected together in various orientations. You can have a TE placed horizontally, an NG stacked vertically, and so on, with other shapes being available at random (perhaps four squares connecte at once, as an example). You’ll have to use these pieces as a whole in the words that you form, so, heading back to our first example, you’d need to find a word that has a TE in it, not just a single T or a single E.

As you earn points, you’ll be able to remove and rearrange letters on the grid in an effort to earn more points. You can save your current board layout at any time, if you’d like to rearrange things to earn a higher score, or you can easily and instantly revert back to your highest scoring grid by clicking on a button at the bottom of the screen. In addition, while it is possible to do so, all words on the grid do not need to intersect as they do in Scrabble. That is, you can have one separate area of words, and on the other side of the board, have another, wholly separate set.

Writer’s Blox contains both Daily Freebie Puzzles, or “Big Blox” puzzles that are even more challenging (larger portions of connected letters, but more bonus spaces on the board to help you rack up points). You’ll start with credit for one free Big Blox puzzle as you first begin the game. If you want more Big Blox puzzles, you can purchase them for Facebook Credits, at a rate of 15 Facebook Credits for one more day of Big Blox puzzles. You can unlock an entire week (one puzzle per day) for 45 Facebook Credits, or a full month (30 puzzles), for 90 Facebook Credits. That’s anywhere from $1.50 to $9.00, depending on the option you choose.

For now, the social features concern mostly leaderboards, where you can track your high score on a particular day’s puzzle against your friends.

In addition, the game will be updated in the future to provide extra incentive in the form of Writer’s Bux, a sort of in-game currency that will be earned for each word you correctly form. You’ll be able to spend these Writer’s Bux on bonus items.

If you’d like to try out the game, head over to Writer’s Blox on Facebook. Before you go, take a look at our Frisky Hands-On of the video below to see the game in action.

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