“ Welcome to Lexulous, it's the coolest online word game! You can play live against users from all over the world, stay in touch with friends by playing the asynchronous version, or just practice for fun. It's free, and signing up is easy. „
www.lexulous.com is a free scrabble-like online gaming site. It was originally an exact copy of a scrabble board, and used to be called www.scrabulous.com. But the threat of legal action from Hasbro compelled the site owners to rename the site, and to introduce a variation on the traditional scrabble board. The board has 8 letters instead of 7, and the multi-score positions are different. But you soon get used to this, and everything else about the game is pretty much the same as traditional scrabble.
You need to sign up to play, and once you've logged in, you select a room to play in. The number in brackets next to the room shows how many online players are playing, or waiting for, a game in that room. By selecting the 'Set Table' button, you show that you are ready for a game, and wait for people to accept your offer.
You need to decide what the Initial Time and Increments need to be for your game, since this will determine who wants to play you. Generally people with similar values in these boxes will play each other. The Initial Time is the time in minutes that both players start with, and Increments is the time in seconds that gets added to the clock after you make a move. It sounds a little confusing at first, but again you get used to it. It's only after a few plays that you realise what your preferences for these boxes are, since it depends on how quickly you are able to place a word on the board. If you find that you are always losing a game because you run out of time, then you need to increase one or both of the values.
You get rated on your wins, losses and draws - based on your's and your opponents current rating. If someone clicks on your table offer, be sure to check how a win, loss or draw will affect your score. Sometimes it's not worth playing because you don't get many points for a win.
www.lexulous.com is an addictive site, and it's satisfying seeing yourself climbing up the ratings. It's a perfect way to while away the time for scrabble lovers.
Lexulous is a word game, based very closely on the hugely popular board game, Scrabble. Lexulous started life as 'Scrabulous', but following a legal wrangle with the makers of Scrabble was forced to shut down. I had an account on 'Scrabulous.com', but played mainly on Facebook.com, where the game was available as an 'application' on there. To say I was addicted was an understatement, and I was gutted when the site closed down.
However, a few months passed & I was informed by a friend that Scrabulous was back....under the new guise of Lexulous. Hurrah! I quickly added the application on facebook, & was pleased to find all my old stats & games from the Scrabulous days were still there.
There were a few changes with the advent of Lexulous. There had to be, to avoid any further repercussions. Instead of having 7 tiles to play with, there were now 8. The board layout was slightly different, with reference to double & triple scoring spaces. These points were trivial - the game was back & as playable & addictive as ever!
The game is played in the same way as Scrabble. Each player starts with a random set of letters & takes turns to build words. Each letter scores a certain number of points, & placing your word over double/triple letter or word spaces drastically increases your score. If you want to swap any tiles, then simply drag the unwanted letters onto the board & select 'swap'. Can't play a word, but don't want to swap? Select 'pass turn'. The game ends when one player uses all their tiles. Players with remaining tiles are deducted the value of their remaining tiles & these points are added to the winners total.
Lexulous game boards also include a handy 'dictionary' tool. However, if this to you seems like cheating, then opt for a 'challenge' game where the dictionary is disabled & players can challenge each others words if they feel they are incorrect. An incorrect word will lose you a turn, so be careful!
It's really easy to start games with friends or with strangers from around the world on Lexulous. There's a chat box next to the game board if you feel like chatting or would like to meet (albeit virtually) new people. Statistics against each person you play are recorded (wins/losses/draws), & overall statistics are also dislayed. Each players' rating works on a points system, but I never have figured out exactly how it works....I seem to lose one game & suddenly drop 200 points or something ridiculous, & my rating can vary by 600-800 points sometimes.
One major downside to the game is the level of cheating which takes place. 'Word-builder' programmes are readily available on the internet (simply type in your letters & it will tell you what words you can make with them), & it is clear that many people use such programmes. Obviously you can't prove that they've been cheating, but some of the words people come up with are utterly ridiculous...& when people are repeatedly putting 8 letter words (also known as a 'bingo' & scoring the player an extra 50 points), you know they're up to something!
I can't recommend this game highly enough. True, most facebook applications are utter tripe, but this one is so well thought out in the layout & execution, & as we all know with Scrabble, it's a game that requires you to THINK - somewhat of a rarity these days!
So, who's up for a game......?! ;)