|11/7/2007 2:21:57 PM|
Last Edited by Babs
on 11/7/2007 2:23:30 PM
I don’t know how many of you noticed (or cared), but I managed to get what I thought was an unbelievable score at WordFall (> 5 million points) in October. I had previously posted my strategy in another thread, but since that time I’ve refined it quite a bit, so I’m creating a new thread to highlight it and hopefully inspire others to keep trying to raise their scores.
I had previously posted that it takes at least an 8-letter word to get a gold tile. That’s true, and it takes at least a 10-letter word to get a platinum tile, but there appears to be a minimum point value for the 10-letter word required in order to get that coveted platinum tile. I’m not sure what the minimum value is, but several times I’ve made 10-letter words early in a game and not been awarded a platinum tile because the words didn’t have any colored tiles in them. Now I make sure my 10-letter babies are worth at least 1000 points before I redeem them. I also mentioned previously that it takes at least an 11-letter word to get a diamond tile. I suspect there’s also a minimum point value required to get a platinum tile, but again, I don’t know what it is.
So now that I’ve discovered what I believe are all the special tiles (I can’t imagine what would be more valuable than a diamond), my strategy has become this: make a 10-letter-or-longer word as early as possible to get a platinum or diamond tile and then start working on as big a word as you can using that tile. Early is better so you can afford to make little moves to manipulate the board to build on the platinum or diamond tile word without creating a bunch of burning tiles (if you haven’t noticed, burning tiles only appear above columns where you’ve just made a word, which is important later on when they appear more frequently).
Ideally your special word should be toward the bottom and/or side of the board, because you’re going to want to shepherd that word as long as possible, and if your word is at the top or middle of the board, it really limits how long you can keep going before a burning tile threatens your word, or you might just run out of possible words to make. And you certainly don’t want to scramble your letters once you’ve gotten a platinum or diamond tile, because that devalues them and drastically slashes your potential points. Having your special word to one side of the board is especially handy for avoiding burning tiles. Concentrate on making additional words in columns that don’t contain letters in your special word and you’ll lessen the risk of a burning tile ruining it. Keep going as long as you can and try to get as many of your special word's tiles to turn into multipliers as you can.
In sum: (a) work on a long word early to get a high-value tile, (b) use that tile to build a high-value word, (c) and shepherd that word as long as you can while the tiles in the word build in value.
My biggest score came when I got a platinum tile early, got extremely lucky and stumbled into an 11-letter word that earned me a diamond tile, and then managed to use both the platinum and diamond tiles in an 8-letter word where I also had a silver and five bronze tiles by the time I finally had to redeem it. That one word was worth over 5.1 million points, so you can see where patience and dedication can earn you great rewards.
I’ve also made myself a list of about 60 10-letter-or-greater words that are relatively easy to make. I use the list to help spot potential platinum or diamond-inducing words. Most of the words consist of all 1-point letters with maybe one multiple-point letter in them (B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, M, P, Q, V, W, X, Y, or Z). Trying to make words with too many multiple-point letters in them is difficult and often fruitless. Many of my big words end with the suffix -tion, which is a letter combo that frequently appears. Some examples of my words are: explosions, inventions, irrational, secretions, recreation, relaxation, restraints, torrential. I’ll leave you to come up with your own, and I wish you all luck.
|5/16/2008 11:52:50 AM|
Last Edited by Babs
on 5/16/2008 11:54:09 AM
What I do now is immediately look for a potential 10+ letter word. I work on that until I get it, but if its value is less than 1000 points, I hold on to it until its value goes above 1000 (by either the letters turning color or by the rounds going up and inflating the value). That will give me either a platinum or diamond tile (depending on the length/value). Then I repeat until I have two of the higher bonus tiles. I then do my darndest to find a word that I can make that contains those two letters. The longer the better, of course. Once I get that word, I work around it for as long as I can, because as you guessed, the rounds do matter. I haven't figured out exactly how the multipliers work, but as the rounds progress, the word values go up, and as you fill your "Award Meter", more letters turn into bonus tiles, so the longer you can keep working around your big word, the higher your eventual word value is going to be.
Oh, and my big scores are usually redeemed around the 15th to 16th levels.