You’ve probably seen people everywhere talking about a new pun craze called wordle. And if you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering what other puns exist (especially after the takeover). Luckily, there are plenty of great mobile and tabletop options out there!
There are many wordle alternatives you can check out if you’re looking for copy games (you know, so you can play more than one puzzle a day). But if you’re looking for other types of word puzzles that have different game mechanics, we’ve got you covered. We’ve found fun options for both tabletop and mobile gamers, perfect for solo fun or on family game night!
The best mobile word games
Word puzzles are fun, but they can often require tons of pieces, and they’re not exactly portable. These fun mobile options provide hours of fun and let you easily test your word-making skills anywhere on your tablet and smartphone.
Competitive Letters: Words with Friends
Words between friends (Free, with in-app purchases) is Zynga’s digital Scrabble a very fun variant to play with – who else – your friends! You’ll have seven letter tiles to work with and a board to place them on once you’ve created a keyword. You can even boost your score by placing your tiles on multiplier squares that affect either individual letters or your entire word. Points determine victory, so plan carefully!
The game also offers a few different game modes. You can challenge other players in the fast-paced Beat the Clock mode or play alone and hone your skills between matches with friends. You can also participate in weekly challenges, play with other random players online, and use tools like Hindsight and Word Radar to optimize your gameplay.
Frantic Word Searches: SpellTower
We’re big fans of SpellTower (free, with in-app purchases) because it mixes all the fun of a word search with the heart-pounding iconic game. Tetris. In the game, you will simultaneously race to find hidden words and prevent your columns of letters from reaching the top of the screen. You will definitely need to refresh small and large words in order to clear the tiles at a fairly fast pace!
The game features 11 modes in total, including favorites like Daily Tower, Zen, Rush, ExPuzzle, Bubble Puzzle, Blitz, and Double Puzzle. The puzzles also feature bonus tiles that will allow you to get double word values. The game collects high scores, detailed game stats, leaderboards, achievements and supports iCloud backup.
Relaxing Puzzles: Wordscapes
With Wordscapes (Free, with in-app purchases) you can challenge your mind and test your word skills with its myriad of puzzles and daily challenges. It can even help you expand your vocabulary (which is not it you want) and help you relax at the same time. Each puzzle consists of a circle with six letters and a small crossword-style board layout, and you can swipe between the letters to complete the crossword.
The word hunt game offers more than 6,000 crossword puzzles. It also has a ton of themes and settings that you can unlock as you continue playing. You’ll need to bring your sharpest pun skills to the table with this one, but it’s a ton of fun!
Words and cats: the letter Kitty
Word games AND cats? We like that. kitty letter (Free) is created by the same studio that made Explosive kittens and gives you cats, bonuses to collect, and thrilling competition against other players. The faster you decipher the words in each puzzle, the faster you will be able to stop your crazy neighbor from destroying your house.
kitty letter supports both one-on-one online gaming with friends and strangers, and a super fun single-player campaign mode if that’s more your speed. How can anyone not love a word puzzle game with cats, right?
Lie to your friends: Fibbage XL
OK so Fibbage XL ($4.49) is not technically a mobile game, but you’ll need either your tablet or a smartphone to play it. The hilarious game is available as a standalone title or as part of the original Jackbox party pack game bundle (which we heartily recommend). It’s a perfect choice for both parties and for family game night with up to eight players.
fibbage is a bluffing pun. In it, players are given a phrase, like “The mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky is a ___.” You’ll have to make up a lie so good that all other players will think yours is the real correct word. Once everyone has submitted their answer, players can vote for the answer they think is the truth.
If you’re looking to stick to a budget, we recommend downloading this unique game. However, if you want a few more party games to go along with it, the first Jackbox Party Pack is great fun (with some truly unique and memorable titles), and it’s available for 12 different platforms.
The best word board and card games
If mobile games aren’t your jam and you prefer all your games in tabletop form (which we totally get), you’ll love these picks. Whether you want a game with simple and fast mechanics or something more complex that will rock your next game night, we think these board and card games are just perfect.
Clever Word Creation: Scrabble
Chances are you’ve played (or at least seen) a game of Scrabble at some point in your life. The iconic pun has been around forever and is a staple for a reason. You’ll have seven letter tiles – randomly drawn – to work with, and it’s up to you to shuffle them and consistently play the words with the highest score.
The game board also features strategic multiplier squares that can double or triple the value of a letter or word, and you’ll want to take advantage of these to secure victory. The game comes with a board, 100 wooden letter tiles, four tile holders, a game guide, and a drawstring bag in which you can store the tiles between games. Scrabble is ideal for two to four players, ages 8 and up.
Smart word creation
Scrabble is one of the most iconic word games out there, but you’ll need to carefully strategize how to place the tiles on the board!
The Ultimate Word Search: Boggle
One of the other most popular word puzzle games of all time is Boggle. This game includes 16 letter cubes, as well as a 16-slot cube tray and lid. You’ll put the lid on the board, shake the cubes, and players ages 8 and up will then have 90 seconds to write down as many random grid words as you can think of.
The game works with one or more players. The single-player mode is a fun way to test yourself (and practice between multiplayer matches), but the competition really intensifies when you go for two or more people, as any word found by two or more people doesn’t count. You’ll have to brush up on your obscure vocabulary words for this one, but it’s totally worth it!
The ultimate word search
Shake the letter cubes, then find as many words as possible in 90 seconds.
Find the wolf and the word: Werewords
Looking for another layer of fun beyond just crafting a good word? We think you’ll love it instantly Werewords. It is a perfect board game for four to ten players. Yes, you still have to guess a secret word, corn you will need to be creative as you can only do this by asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions and you have a limited amount of time to do so. But that’s not all!
One of the players is secretly a werewolf. This player knows the secret word and will actively work against you as much as they can without revealing themselves. Don’t worry, however, a player will also be a seer. They too know the secret word and will try to help you guess it. You can still win by identifying the werewolf, but the werewolf can win by identifying the seer. The game can be adapted to a variety of difficulty levels, making it ideal for most ages. Lots of twists in this one, and even more fun.
Sizzling Teamwork: Burning Words
Hey, you can’t say that! hot words is a sizzling game that’s ideal for four or more players. In this one, you will have to describe words while the rest of your teammates try to guess them. In each of the four rounds, each team will choose a Jalapeno card, giving you hot words that you can not use to describe the secret word.
The game gets harder (and more hilarious) with each round, and there’s even a Ghost Pepper tie round for all teams tied for first place. hot words has a small learning curve and offers simple and engaging gameplay, perfect for anyone ages 12 and up. The game includes a game board, four team tasting boards, 50 Jalapeno cards, 150 Word cards, four hot sauce bottles, an hourglass, and a dinner bell.
Things could heat up quickly in this team word guessing game.
Matching predictions: blank slate
If you are good at reading minds, you will be natural with blank slate. In this board game, you’ll try to predict what other people think. Players will secretly write a word that completes the sentence given for the trick. Everyone will write the word they think everyone else will write too, but you will only earn points each time you play against another player. And, you guessed it, whoever has the most points wins. The game is designed for three to eight players ages 8 and up, and play lasts approximately 30 minutes.
You’ll have to guess the right word everyone is thinking of to win!