2. General hints and tips
Let's start with the controls for this game. Since it is a word search game, all you have to do is highlight the word within the grid and lock it in.
There are two different control schemes that can be utilized: Single Cursor and Twin Cursors. The main difference is using one control stick versus two control sticks in order to highlight words. Twin Cursors has the potential to be faster but is also a little bit more susceptible to mistakes. I personally used the Single Cursor control scheme, but you can use what is more comfortable as they are not all that different from each other.
- Move the cusor
- Lock the letter
- Unlock the letter
/ - Rotate the letter cube
- Move the left cursor
- Move the right cursor
- Lock the entire word
/ - Rotate the letter cube
Here are a few things to keep in mind while playing:
- Words will NEVER overlap with each other. If you're having trouble finding a word, look at the most vacant part of the grid.
- Words can appear horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. Additionally, words can appear backwards.
- Word bonus multipliers may appear next to specific words (x2 or x3), which will double or triple your score respectively.
- There are two types of bonus themes: Puzzle Words and Pair Words. One bonus theme is present while solving a board.
- Puzzle Words awards bonus points for finding a word that fits the theme of all other words (for example, if the word bank includes: "rhythm," "swing," and "samba," the bonus word can be "dancing," which does not appear in the word bank).
- Pair Words gives you bonus points for spelling two words that relate to each other back-to-back. The words can be related through being synonyms (happy/glad), antonyms (young/old), or generally being related (postman/mail).
- There are three types of boards: Cube, Square, and Irregular.
- Cube boards contain four sides that must be rotated between. I consider this the most difficult board.
- Square boards are the most basic type of board.
- Irregular boards are shaped non-traditionally. They only contain a single plane, so it's not too much harder than a Square board.
There are other game mode-specific hints to be aware of, but I'll tackle those as we come to them. I don't want to overwhelm you with information before you even get started. So with that being said, let's - well - get started!
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