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Word Harvest - Print n' Play word puzzle game - FREE

SquareHeartSquareHeart Posts: 69Member, PRO

Hi everyone,

I mentioned in my, rather ropey interview, that I was releasing a pen and paper word game - Well I finally shuffled it out to the public...
www.word-harvest.com
from that site you can download the free PDF that includes the introductory puzzles and the play-as-you-go rules from there.

Would love to hear some feedback.
Thanks
Peter

Comments

  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,614Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    Intriguing! Can't wait to try it.

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  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,614Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    First of all, the instructions are superb. It's easy to take something like that for granted but you obviously put a lot of thought into them. I've only played the game once so I may have more comments later but for now I enjoyed it and it mixes some familiar word games such as traditional word searches and Boggle-style anagram puzzles with a two-stage process that clearly sets you up for some serious strategizing. Well done!

    The scoring seems a bit overly complex. I wanted to double-check that you divide by the number of circled letters without including squared letters... correct?

    I scored 89 on the first puzzle. I imagine that's not particularly good. :wink:

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  • SquareHeartSquareHeart Posts: 69Member, PRO

    thanks for giving it a try tatiang -

    Yeah the scoring calculation is a bit heavy - it's up to it's 5th iteration. But any thoughts I'd be interested in hearing. My original thoughts was this to be a iPhone game - so keep the scoring a little more deep than usual - and then rather liked what the scoring was doing to how one played the game (as Reiner Knizia says- 'scoring will drive player behaviour' - something like that).

    The goal for the scoring was to make its fairly balanced across the 3 aspects of the game so:
    1) rewarded for good words
    2) rewarded for many words
    3) rewarded for efficient harvesting.

    with the last 2 being dependant on the first. In a way it creates a cyclic thinking, which helps link the harvesting and constructing together. I understand the scoring is a bit beyond casual and have been considering a simplified scoring option - but have struggled to find a way to keep it balanced and the puzzles opaque enough be interesting.
    Will keep on twiddling the knobs.

    As to your question - yes you only count the letters you have circled - not the 'squared letters' i.e the ones that the lines have crossed. consider each circling as an ACTION.

    nice score - I reckon on your second attempt you should be able to hit above 110-120

  • wordysmithwordysmith Posts: 1Member

    As a matter of first importance, the directions are brilliant. It's anything but difficult to underestimate something to that effect however you clearly put a considerable measure of thought into them. I've just played the game once so I may have more comments later yet for the time being I delighted in it and it blends some well known word diversions, for example, conventional word pursuits and Boggle-style re-arranged word baffles with a two-organize handle that unmistakably sets you up for some genuine strategizing. Well done!

    The scoring appears a bit excessively unpredictable. I needed to double-check that you isolate by the quantity of circled letters without including squared letters... correct?

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  • Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 9,076Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee

    Going to close this one. Last response was more than 2 years ago. :)

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