All puzzles are saved and marked as Unplayed, Started or Solved. Creation date, puzzle size, title and number of words are all indicated. Any puzzle can then be replayed or continued where left off. Three typical puzzles are provided as samples upon initial use of the game. Any puzzle can be deleted, modified, emailed or restarted at any time.
For new puzzle creation, an internet connection is required. Existing puzzles can be replayed even if locked in a lead closet. If going on a trip abroad and you don't enjoy all those wonderful roaming data charges, we recommend you stock up on lots of Word-A-Maze puzzles before departure!!
Title - You may personalize the title of any puzzle, otherwise a default title will be provided.
Puzzle Size - For the iPhone puzzle grid sizes are from 10x10 up to 15x15. For the iPad you may choose from 10x10 up to 25x25. Default size is 12x12 (iPhone) or 15x15 (iPad).
Secret Message - You may enter your own personalized secret message. If one is not entered, a random default message will be used.
A user may denote keywords that may be added to any existing wordset. These keywords are guaranteed to be present in the puzzle. This allows users to personalize any wordset! When a word set is chosen with the spinner/picker, a dialog enter box is presented stating "User Defined Keyboards". All your "keywords" entered here before you "Generate New Game" will be in your personalized puzzle. Only keywords that are 3 characters or greater are used in the puzzles.
Occasionally puzzles may fail for very large puzzles, such as those with a grid size of greater that 20x20. It is rare with preselected wordsets, but in those cases the created puzzle will have a repeated secret message. If so you can also use the modification button to redo or simply create a new puzzle. Usually in the rare case of a failure, the puzzle is made as normal, but with a secret message that may partially repeat.
How To Play
The puzzle appears on two or more pages, one containing the puzzle grid and the other the puzzle words. A simple finger swipes moves the users back and forth.
To select a word, touch the first, and then last letters of the word (or vice versa). If it is a valid puzzle word, the word is circled on the puzzle page and the word is crossed off on the word page.
The number of words selected/total appears in the puzzle title. When the last word is selected the secret message is displayed!
Words may recur as part of other words (due to the existence of compound words or plurality). In these cases you will need to find the original word.
Letters or Numbers (no special characters are accepted) may be used in the wordsets or secret messages.
Backward - Allows you to cycle backwards through all your games.(iPad only)Help - Shows/Hides help page.Resize - Resizes the puzzle grid (50, 75 or 100%).(iPad only)Settings - Options to change background.Modification - Allows you to modify an existing puzzle.Upper/Lower case - Change case of font of puzzle grid.Page Change - Alternate between the puzzle grid and list of words(iPad only)Email - Allows you to email the current puzzle (in a unplayed state).Hint - Reveals the next (alphabetically) hidden word in the puzzle.Restart - Clears all found words and allows you to start again.Forward - Allows you to cycle forward through all your games.(iPad only)
Once a letter in the grid is selected (touched), users can request a 'hint' by double-tapping the letter again. This will highlight all the letters in the puzzle containing that letter. If the user touches the letter again, the character will no longer be highlighted in the grid.