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Nearly two years ago, I announced to the world my plan to find a word ending in -LESSNESS while playing Boggle. It hasn’t happened yet. In addition to my usual internet boggling, there was a time when I’d continually press “New Game” on wurdle, scouring only for that particular sequence, going through a hundred boards at a time, but to no avail.
Above, is a screenshot of SpellTower, an ipad game that blends boggle and tetris gameplay elements rather fantastically. The gameplay was such that finding a -LESSNESS was a very doable challenge (which doesn’t count towards my ultimate project, obviously). But don’t let my ease of finding HAPLESSNESS fool you, this is a deeply challenging game, even for the embarrassingly expert Boggle players among us.
If ever there was a subject I was an authority on, it is finding words in grids. I have devoted disgusting amounts of time to Boggle, Tangleword, Word Racer, Bogglific, Prolific, Scramble, Wurdle, Serpentine, Bookworm, W.E.L.D.E.R., and probably about ten others I have forgotten. This is all to say that you should take my recommendation of SpellTower very fucking seriously. This game is good.
SpellTower was made by some dude named Zach Gage. When I discovered his virtuosic BitPilot a few months ago, I began thinking about dropping out of school to teach myself how to make ipad games, because all word games available are relatively shitty (this is also when I conceived Scrabble-Hangman-Battleship), and I suspect I can do better. But now that Gage has gone and made a word game, I don’t think I can do better. So I still need to figure out what to do with my life.
The -LESSNESS hunt continues.