Monday, February 17, 2014

He's So Money #36: BookWorm Deluxe.

If you're looking to expand your Bekabulary, you should grab your American boyfriend (HEY-O) and play this game.

The object of the game is simple. Make words out of the letters provided on the game board. It looks simple enough, doesn't it?

However, Bookworm becomes nearly impossible around level 12. As the levels go on, you are punished for making smaller words. Words like "cut" just don't cut it. What happens is, the letters (which are meant to be books, btw) catch fire at the top of the board. You must extinguish the fire by using that book in a word you form. If you do not do this, the fire spreads and it burns through books lower than itself til it reaches the bottom row.

There is also the option to scramble all the tiles on the board, something babes and I discovered after almost 4 hours worth of playtime. The problem with this, though, is the game will give you about 3 or 4 burning books at once, and try as you may, it's hard to get all these fires out once you have so many. Unfortunately, the books on fire also seem to be uncommon letters, like "X" or "Y". Now, I'm sure you can think of words like Xylophone (and that's 2 birds with 1 stone right there), but the odds of these letters appearing next to each other... and with the latter 7 letters seems to be about 1.10231%. (Trust me, I'm a scientist)

Scoring longer words can net you books that give bonus points. These are obviously a lot harder to get, and I find the ironic thing is, I get these bonuses and end up wasting them on yet another 3 lettered word.

Now, being the Australian that I am, we tend to put "U's" where babes would argue that they're really not necessary. Words like honour, humour, favourite, flavour, favour and armour appear to be localized in the game.

"Colour". Deal with it, world.

One word you probably didn't even know existed is "Gaol". Australia's way of spelling "Jail". Now, this word isn't even used by most Australians. In fact, in my tenth grade history class, my text book contained the American spelling. I pointed this out to my teacher and he laughed and said, verbatim, "it doesn't matter". This teacher also taught me English in Grade 8. And you know what else? We don't even say "grade" here. We say "year". "YEAR 10 HISTORY TEXT BOOK". Only it's NOT year 10. Have we forgotten Kindergarten? So, in summary, Australian's don't care about English, History OR Mathematics (which gets shortened to "Maths" here, not "Math".)

Anyway, after far too many personal anecdotes I'll end on this note. ♫ This is the Grand Staff.



  2. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.