Letterpress for iOS, a Brand New Word Game with Adrenalin

A new app, Letterpress,  just came from Apple Store, created by Loren Brichter who created the best Twitter App, called Twetie which is bought by Twitter. The game is totally addictive, you may need a few games for learning curve, and you know exactly how to win.

The rule is simple. You are given 5×5 letters without background color. Meaning, nobody owns them. You will play with exactly one opponent, you may invite him/her from Game Center, or the servers will pick one randomly for you. Once the letters being played to form a valid word based on their dictionary, the background of the letter will turn to either your or your opponents, depends who plays them. The game is over when all letters are used at least once. The winner is the one who owns more letters than his/her opponents. You may protect your own letter by surrounding it with your own other letters. All protected letters cannot be turned to the opponent when they are protected.

Tips for the game:

  1. Try not only form a long word (use as many as possible letters), but also think how to protect your own letters
  2. When there are few letters left being used, try to form a word long enough using those unclaimed letters with final amount of your letters more than your opponent has

As usual, after creating a helper application for Draw Something phenomenon in my earlier blog here, I updated the application so it can be used for Letterpress as well. Well, don’t use it if you don’t want to lose the excitement of playing the game! But if you insist, you can download the ‘helper’ here.

Letter Press in Action!

The pink letters are belong to my opponent but still can be turned when I use them. The red one cannot. It is protected.

Word Cruncher for Letterpress and Draw Something

This helper application comes with a dictionary.txt that contains words from internet. Since the Letterpress dictionary is different with this app’s, this helper sometimes cannot help you 🙂

You may group all words with the same length by dragging the header of the column (length) to upper area of the grid. Or you may filter it by clicking the pick column / combobox for length header.

Filtering the result by its length

Or you may filter all results with 8 in length and contains S and K, like this.

All words with S and K and 8 in length

Once again, don’t over use this helper app since it will ruin the excitement. Use your own brain, not the CPU 🙂

Word Cruncher Helper for Draw Something Phenomenon and Letter Press App

If you get stucked or start to yelling WTF of the meaning of your opponent’s drawing when playing the famous Social Drawing Application – Draw Something, this simple tool may help you to reduce the millions or probably trillions of the possibility answer for the question. Use this application wisely since it may spoil the fun of the game. Use it just when you want to keep the long streak that you have achieved with your opponent and you are in a deep stress unable guessing the question.

This tool was coded using Delphi and it uses dictionary found by googling from this site. Of course the result of this tool really depends with the entry of the dictionary. You may add your own words, celebrity names, famous phrases, etc by manually add your own entries in the dictionary.txt file which comes along with the application. Ensure the file is located in the same folder with the application. You may share the application freely or share the link among of your friends who play the game. You may download the application from this link.

Actually you may get help from the bomb feature to eliminate some unused letters when you get stucked. The problem is, you have a limited bomb to use. When you are running out of bombs, you may purchase it from the store, adding some money to Draw Something. This tool eliminate you from purchasing any bombs (1200 coins for 4.99 USD, 3000 coins for 9.99 USD, and 10000 coins for 24.99 USD). So this cool tool really save you money!!!

Here is the source code (you may enhance it or put some refactoring to increase the speed) or recoding it with your favorite programming language. Click this link to see the code.

Here is the sample of images that you may not find in the dictionary. You’re on your own.

The reason I made this tool was one night, I was really sleepy in my bedroom, and yet still playing this addictive game. I wrote a sentence to my opponent before drawing the question : This is the last drawing before go to bed. Good Night. And then I touched the erase icon to erase the sentence and drew the question. The next morning I grabbed my iPad, my opponent replied my sentence with Good Night, and she forgot to draw the question!!! There are thousands of possible words that I need to try. I have 36 turn in streak that both of us always correctly guess the answer. I don’t want to start from all over again, so I decided to code this tool. Hahaha.. another excuse to code for a programmer, huh?

The other reason was when my son  playing the same game in his iPod touch, his opponent drew numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. And NO OTHER CLUE. We were thinking about words: COUNTING, NUMBERS, MATH, etc. When we gave up, the actual answer was PASSWORD. This is a kind of WTF drawing that impossible to guess, and with this tool you may avoid crunching all possibilities with just a reasonable number of guess.


How to use the application:

  1. Download the zip file from the link above, and extract it to a folder
  2. There are 2 files, first is the application, WordCruncher.exe and dictionary.txt. Run the application by double clicking on the WordCruncher.exe
  3. Put all the letters available in Choice of letters (12 length)
  4. Choose the length of the answer
  5. Click Crunch button to get the possible result
  6. You may double click the word in the result box to launch the browser with the meaning of the word

Enjoy the game (you can get it from Apple AppStore or Google Play (Androit Market)) ,  and enjoy this tool but use it wisely!

======================== EDITED ON 3rd Nov 2012  ==========================

Letterpress App just launched. I modified a bit so it can be used for Draw Something and Letter Press. Same link for  this ver2.0. To get the password of the zip file, please email to word.cruncher.application at gmail.com.
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