Ahoy, mateys! So ye be wantin' t'learn how t'spell right proper, 'ey? Well, you're in luck! Captain Roundhoof's pirate school is acceptin' students, and I'm here to tell you how to pass with flying colours!
Word Poker is played in six rounds. Each round, you're given 8 letters (the letters are random and different each round, although you are guaranteed at least one vowel), from which you have to make as many words as you can in the allotted 90 seconds per round. Words must be at least 3 letters each, and can only use the letters you're given. Additionally, you can only use the letter the number of times it appears—if your letter set only includes one E you cannot try to make a word that uses more than one E. The letters may, however, be used in as many words as you like during that round.
To submit a word, simply type it in and press Enter (you can either use the button on your keyboard or the one in-game, but keyboard is generally faster). The word will then clear, and, if it's an acceptable word not yet used in the round, be added to the list on the bottom right. The game will only accept words that appear in the Neopian Dictionary, which does have some quirks:
- Some words that do not exist in an English dictionary are allowed if they are Neopets-related, but not all Neopets words are allowed. For example, SLORG is a valid word, but NOAK is not.
- Some fairly common English words are not valid, such as UNIT, GEEK, and PHONE.
- Not every plural is allowed. For example, ARK is a valid word, but ARKS is not.
- In general, proper nouns (names of people and places) are not allowed, but there are some exceptions for some Neopian proper nouns, such as GORS or THADE. Even some real proper nouns are allowed; in the example below, SUKARNO (a longtime former president of Indonesia) is a valid word!
If you do try an invalid word, don't worry—the only penalty is the time you spent trying the word!
In the above example, you could enter words like RANK, RANKS, RUN, RUNS, NOR, even NURAKO, and so on. You could not use RON or SKOURA because those are proper nouns not in the Neopian Dictionary, nor could you use KSRUO because it's not a word in any dictionary. You also could not use SOON, because that requires two O's, and you only have one.
Points and Scoring
At the end of each round, you'll be asked to choose one of the six categories shown below to take the points for. Each category can only be used once per game, so pick carefully! The images below show the options once you've completed a round—the one on the left is from the first round, where you can choose any of the sections. The one on the right is from a later round—the squared sections have already been used this game, and cannot be selected again (even if you would have a better score).
As you can see in the images above, there are six different sections, equaling out to one section per round. Here's a quick guide to how they work:
- 3 Letters - This section's score is dependent on the number of valid three-letter words you've submitted. Each word is worth 4 points, so the score is the number of words times four.
- 4 Letters - This section works the same as the 3-letter one, but each word is worth 6 points. Also, getting at least 10 words here will add an additional 30 points to your score in this section.
- 5+ Letters - Yup, you know it—every valid word you enter with five or more letters is worth 8 points. Also, getting 10 or more words here will add an additional 100 points to the score in this section.
- Full House - If you have fifteen or more words total (of any length), you'll be eligible for the Full House, which is worth 50 points. If you manage to get twenty-five words or more, this will be bumped up to 150 points. (It is possible for a round to not even have fifteen valid words!)
- Flush - During the round, there will end up being one letter that begins more words you entered than any other letter—the number of words you enter that start with that letter are multiplied by ten for the Flush score. If more than one letter is tied, it will randomly list one of them.
- Wild - This section counts points for every word you enter. Longer words are worth more:
- 3 letters: 1 point
- 4 letters: 2 points
- 5 letters: 5 points
- 6 letters: 7 points
- 7 letters: 10 points
- 8 letters: 15 points
Every valid 7 or 8 letter word you enter automatically earns you 50 points to your total score—no selection required!
Tips and Tricks
- If you have an S available, make sure you get as many plurals as you can! The game will count them as different words.
- If you're on a later round, and only have certain categories open (such as 5-letter+), don't waste time trying to put together a ton of three-letter words—they won't do anything for you in the long run.
- Sometimes you'll simply run out of possible words long before the round ends. In this case, you can select the points you want to take at any time, and the round will end immediately.
This game guide was written by: Suzuka