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New Wordrix Game Mode Available

V2.2 of Wordrix is now released and out in the Marketplace and it adds a new game mode: 4 or more. In this game mode you have to find words that are 4 letters or more in length. This makes vowel managment even more important and forces you to expand your vocabulary even farther.

What’s coming up in V2.3 you ask? Achievements. We’ve identified roughly 50 achievements across the 7 different game modes and we’ll be adding in achievement tracking in 2.3. Do you have any ideas for achievements? Ideas for new Wordrix features? Drop us a line at haylex@live.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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All-Time Arena Leaderboards now available for Wordrix

Now you can check out the all-time leaders in the arena on our website. What’s the highest point total anyone has ever gotten in the Arena? Who has the best word EVER? How many Arena wins do you have? All these stats are now available!

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Wordrix Arena Points Explained

When you play in the Wordrix Arena, there are actually four different ways in which you can compete if you choose to (of course none of these is required; you can simply just play and have fun with your friends in the Arena if you want.) First, and probably foremost, is competing to win any given arena match. These start every two and half minutes so you can compete over and over for this one. Next, some folks wish to try and get the biggest words possible in order to be in the top 5 Best Words at the end of the match. The last two deal with accruing Arena Points in order to win the daily tournament and/or the weekly tournament. But where do these Arena Points come from and how are they calculated?

Well, first of all, every point that you accumulate during an arena match is automatically converted to an Arena Point. Next you are awarded bonus Arena Points based on where you ranked in the match, first place getting the maximum bonus, last place getting zero bonus and everyone else
getting something in between.

Next, every player is awarded bonus Arena Points based on how many people they beat in the arena. So for example placing 5th place when there are 25 people in the area will earn you a lot more Arena Points than placing 5th when there are only 10.

Neither of these last two bonus point awards is based on a simple linear formula as there are minimums and maximums put in place to achieve balance in the game. I won’t publish the exact formulas here because I reserve the right to tweak these as time goes on in order to keep the Arena dynamic, fun and challenging. But I will give you some examples that give you an idea of the kinds of bonuses that are possible. Note that these are just the bonus Arena Points that are awarded in addition to the word score you achieved during the arena match.

1st place 5th 10th 20th 30th 40th
5 Players Competing

100

0

10 players

200

46

0

15 players

300

138

41

25 players

500

230

136

24

50 players

800

369

218

76

26

9

So, if you want to earn more Arena Points the solution is simple: invite lots of your friends to play in the Arena and then kick their butts!

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Week #1 Tournament Winners

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! The first week of the Wordrix online Arena is now in the books and here’s the list of the top #25 players for the week.

This Week’s Arena Leaderboards

Rank

User Arena Points Matches Played Words Found
1 Ren Noir 284,218 398 17,079
2 gvinebill 187,472 329 9,058
3 VolvoVT880 152,532 288 7,810
4 superDAD 133,508 298 8,253
5 Cnut Juice 118,621 251 6,656
6 Srobg 110,543 398 6,274
7 plaiddayna 108,284 209 7,343
8 eric67 103,016 306 7,092
9 angelbabe22 94,978 158 6,142
10 Alyxx 91,908 226 4,929
11 Matavin 90,700 224 6,024
12 Adam2211 78,869 178 5,006
13 James C 72,392 215 4,949
14 zippyZ 59,080 175 4,139
15 Amber 58,655 206 2,967
16 bch 56,741 233 3,942
17 LT 56,158 162 3,753
18 Claire 54,294 172 3,065
19 Player_271786 53,644 167 4,113
20 Jester 50,848 179 3,887
21 fatima 49,959 128 3,061
22 jSunburst 49,606 102 2,378
23 Simon 49,571 157 3,725
24 Jake F 49,527 170 3,846
25 Player_271751 47,723 149 3,578
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Scoring in Wordrix

All of the game modes in Wordrix are based around the core concept of scoring points for words, so having a solid understanding of the scoring system is key to being competitive. There are two dimensions to scoring in Wordrix, the score of each letter as seen on its tile as and the bonus multiplier you receive based on word length.

The Letter Scores

Each letter is associated with a point value (QU counting as its own letter). These point values were determined by performing an analysis of the frequency in which each letter is used in everyday language. First megabytes
and megabytes worth of books and articles were scanned and analyzed to come up with a list of the most commonly used words. Then weighted letter counts were tallied based on this common word list and based on that distribution letters were dropped into 1 of 8 buckets. From there a point value was assigned to each bucket.

a,e,i,o,u,l,n,r,s,t 2
d,g 4
b,c,m,m,p 6
f,h,v,w,y 8
k 10
qu 12
j,x 16
z 20

The Multipliers

In an effort to keep people from just finding easy 3 and 4  letters words as fast as they can, I wanted to enhance the scoring system to reward people who found longer words. In order to find longer words you will usually need to manipulate the tiles on the board into the correct order and that takes time. In early play testing that extra time turned out to be very costly and the strategy of just plowing through 3 letter words as fast as possible
almost always won. So to balance this I introduced the word length multipliers in an effort to reward people for finding the longer words and to offset the time it can take to maneuver them into position. After a couple rounds of
testing, the multipliers were established to be:

3 letters 1.0
4 1.25
5 1.5
6 2.0
7 2.5
8 3.0
9 3.5

So the next time you’ve got that J stuck in the middle of the board and  you’re tempted to just to select JAR to get rid of it, keep the following in mind:

  • JAR is worth 20 points, but
  • JARS is worth 28, and
  • JARRED is worth 56, and
  • JARRING is worth 75
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Wordrix 2 leaderboards now on the web

You can now view all of the Wordrix 2 leaderboards and statistics on the web using this URL:

http://www.haylexstudios.com/WordrixStats.aspx

The web version includes more stats and displays more rankings than the leaderboards on the phone (which has limited screen space and bandwidth). Check it out and let me know what you think, what you like, what you don’t like and what else you’d like to see.

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