The Word Alone


  • Currently 3.9/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 3.9/5 (110 votes)
| Comments (15) | Views (35)

Kyhkyh_thewordalone_screen.pngAlone. A word that has both good and bad connotations. For Matt Rix (Trainyard) and his Ludum Dare entry, it's a goal. In The Word Alone, you are given a Boggle-esque board where you are tasked to eliminate all the other letters to leave just 'A', 'L', 'O', 'N' and 'E'.

Letters are moved off the board by first typing a word using the letters available to you on the 5 x 5 grid (unlike Boggle, the letters do not have to be adjacent). With the [arrow] keys, your chosen letters then move in unison, and any unlucky letters on the edges are nudged off and out of the game, sumo wrestling style, just without all the action. All letters are subject to these actions, so it's up to you to keep an eye on your five golden letters and make sure they're the last ones standing. See if you have the word and spatial genius to accomplish this.

Play The Word Alone

15 Comments

littlefish January 3, 2012 9:17 AM

Lost quite a bit of challenge when I found that
1:

you can use the ALONE-letters too

2:

you can use a built word to simply run around and push everythings off the board

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
welshdude January 3, 2012 9:46 AM

Really enjoyable - finished on my second go in 25 moves. Gets a lot easier when you realise you can

use the letters A,L,O,N,E to make words as well...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Is solving this in 33 moves a good score???

The idea is good.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It's pretty fun, but after a while you realise you can

always use the two following words: 'lea' and 'lean', as they are both inside 'alone'. This means you can largely manipulate the board just by flicking between those two, certainly toward the end.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Since

the letters A-L-O-N-E all appear in their own rows and columns

it's fairly easy to

use short words to move individual letters up/down or left/right until they're all on the same row or column, then use the word ALONE to sweep everything else off the board.

Score: 1 (1 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

As someone pointed out, the easiest way to beat this game seems to be to

arrange the letters comprising "ALONE" into a column, and then shove everything else off the board using the word "ALONE."

I got it down to 10 moves that way.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I also used

NOEL (funny, given the season just passed) and LANE a lot as well towards the end.

It's good to have more variety with

words using A-L-O-N-E in case you have some letters in a tight place. I got one where all the letters but N were clustered in one corner, so more words meant I could manipulate in different ways.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

8 moves. BEE-AT-CHESS

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
ThemePark Author Profile Page January 4, 2012 12:15 AM

10 moves as well.

Hate, Net, Nog, Alone

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
ThemePark Author Profile Page January 4, 2012 12:22 AM

I didn't realize the board changes every time. But 8 moves is the minimum.

Choose an edge and move all letters to it. First 4 letters, then 3, 2 and 1, using those of the other letters that won't push the golden letters out. Once you've aligned ALONE, it's just 4 moves in the other direction.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Great concept and pretty easy to beat when you start using the same words over and over, which I began doing once I realized that valid "Q" words (such as "quo") and other seldom-used three/four letter words are not in their dictionary. A larger board with more vowels might be more challenging, especially if the ALONE letters couldn't be used.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I cannot turn the music down.. or even mute it.. suggestions?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hi Iceebear,

There is no mute or volume button directly in the game... Only suggestion I can make is to turn down your computer's speakers. Always a bummer for those of us who like iTunes when playing games, though.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I googled around a bit and found this Flash Mute plug-in. As I haven't tried it, I can't recommend it as good or not...but maybe it will help?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Once you realize you can use... well the info in everyone else's spoiler on here, so I won't post it again ... you should be able to solve almost every puzzle in 8 moves. The game then becomes "what's the fastest way to figure out the 8 move answer?"

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
183 Views
0 Comments
Helix> Dora Need a challenging but clever arcade game? Fire up Michael Brough's iOS gem, where you need to move fast to encircle enemies to destroy them on a playing field that's full of constantly evolving foes. Getting a high score here is a definite accomplishment in a world of one-hit KOs.  ...
Find the Escape-Men Part 121: Appetite for Fall Food> Dora You and your friend were enjoying a day at the fall festival when they vanished, and after finding them you discover they've gotten themselves trapped in the bathroom, thus providing you ample teasing opportunity for years to come. Hunt around for items and solve puzzles, and of course find the ten little green men to escape!  ...
Faraway Kingdom - Dragon Raiders> Dora When your kingdom is destroyed by a dragon, it's up to you to rebuild it and train an army in this gorgeous free-to-play iOS fantasy RPG/simulation that calls Tiny Tower to mind. With a light, unobtrusive in-app purchase system and a generous amount of in-game rewards, it keeps players coming back for its simple, fun gameplay without ever putting the squeeze on their wallet.  ...
1,146 Views
9 Comments
Assembots> Dora You've been put in charge of a factory that makes little robots, and it's your job to program each one to help the rest get to the exit safely in this charming logic puzzle game!  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Riddles of Fate: Memento Mori

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!