As any word game fan knows, big words aren’t always big point-earners. You can drop a six-letter word like “TETHER” in Scrabble and, even though it’s somewhat interesting and will eat up a good chunk of the board, it’s not a spectacular move because:
- It’s one letter short of a 50-point BINGO (Scrabble’s point bonus for using all your letters).
- You may not reach one of the bonus tiles with it (most notably Triple Word Score).
- The letters in “TETHER” are all low-value, worth one point apiece.
- With a sprawling crossword, you’re opening up a LOT of options for your opponent to exploit.
Often in Scrabble, it’s the tiny, well-placed words that win the day, enabling you to re-score two additional words that are already on the board via clever linking.
These aren’t the vowels you’re looking for. (photo by thrig)
A Word of a Different Colour
The same goes for Spellirium. Spelling a 7-letter word is fine, but if you want to send your score into the stratosphere, you need to make solidly-coloured words.
Here’s how the combo/chain system works:
Big scores are extremely important for dominating your friends and showing off your superior vocabulary and intellect. In Story Mode, you’ll need these points in order to craft power-ups. More on power-ups in a future post.