Big Ben word game
July 19, 2023 5:02 AM   Subscribe

Big Ben word game
A unique puzzle for each second of the day, with lots of nice touches: the background fades between day and night based on London time, there's a satisfying bonnggg sound that shakes the game when you find a long word, fireworks if you clear the grid, etc. It also features a large dictionary and generously makes sure you don't get a Q without a U next to it.
Role: creator
posted by malevolent (7 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by Paul Slade on July 20, 2023: Big Ben word game

Good game. Best I've done so far is 196.

(But why wouldn't it let me have "Israel"?)
posted by Paul Slade at 7:52 AM on July 19, 2023

That's a proper noun but it was worth a try, it's a generous dictionary (381,928 words) that contains a lot of archaic spellings and rare words.
posted by malevolent at 8:18 AM on July 19, 2023

That's such a good bonggg, and having to make a word just enough distance to get to it on the reward pathway, so you're not just constantly bonggging until you develop a problem.
posted by ignignokt at 10:05 AM on July 19, 2023

Two thoughts:

It'd be good to have a Wordle style summary of your personal stats. Not just personal high score, but longest word yet achieved too.

A few times, I've been part way through forming a word then released the mouse when I realised the word I'd had in mind isn't going to work. Say I'd been trying to form "ASSISTANT" but gave up on realising I had no second S. In that case, when I release the mouse the "AS" goes through as a two-letter entry, which is sometimes frustrating. Maybe make a second mouse click necessary to confirm each entry so you have a chance to review it first??
posted by Paul Slade at 1:11 PM on July 19, 2023

Yeah I considered storing high score etc, but decided it was better to keep the end screen uncluttered in this case (unlike with DayBrix, where it's a daily game and so all about the ongoing stats). It's a tricky call though, maybe I'll add something.

And I did try out an extra confirmation click... but it was annoyingly cumbersome vs learning your lesson to be careful, sorry!
posted by malevolent at 2:14 PM on July 19, 2023 [1 favorite]

Not sure if you're still checking this thread, malevolent, but I love the game, though I'm having trouble running it on Chrome for Windows. I can't seem to select any letters. Works fine on Chrome for Android and Edge on Windows. Any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong?
posted by greatgefilte at 8:33 AM on August 25, 2023

As I assess the things that have made 2023 bearable, your game is way up on my list. Thanks!
posted by tizzie at 1:48 PM on December 25, 2023

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