Edit: I strongly recommend playing Jumblewords instead at hobub.com. Games are faster, more challenging, and include more detailed statistics to help you track and improve your skills. I haven’t continued writing this guide in anticipation of changing all my tips and strategies to apply specifically to Jumblewords instead of Boggle Bash (and obviously there are enough similarities between all word search games that these tips and tricks would work in general for all of them, as already noted below). However, since Jumblewords is as far as I know the first game to allow players to input two-letter words, and also introduce several bonuses awarding quickness and accuracy, and also offers a higher probability of getting “perfect” on a given board, there will be added tips to accomodate these new concepts.
Purpose of this Guide
I am writing this guide to impart some of my experience to improve your Boggle score. I have been a “Boggler” since the days of WordWeb on ClassicGames and Tangleword on Playsite, both which are now extinct. Currently I frequent Boggle Bash at pogo.com under the pseudonym “ChucklingRhinos”. Some players accuse me of being a “bot” (an automated program that scans the grid for all the possible words and enters them) or of cheating in general. This guide will hopefully clarify that it is possible to obtain high scores on a regular basis in Boggle, without any additional aids.
Note that these tips and tricks are written with Pogo.com’s Boggle Bash/Party in mind, but you can apply them to virtually any Boggle-type game (e.g. Yahoo! Games’ Word Racer, Zynga Scramble, etc.). This guide will be written as a series of blog posts, organized in a table of contents.
A Word on Cheating
This guide is not trying to prove that all consistently high scorers are legitimate players. There are unfortunately a handful of cheaters that exist. As a software engineer, I am aware of what’s required to cheat at Boggle. A “bot” generally performs three tasks: scraping the screen, passing the grid to the solving algorithm, and automating the output. Sometimes those without the required software will cheat simply by using the algorithm (which is readily available online), and will do the screen reading and output manually. Either way, there are telltale signs of a cheater, and likewise there are signs of a legitimately strong player. A section of this guide will elaborate more on these topics: methods to identify cheaters, how the solving algorithm works, and steps you can take to prevent cheating.
Summary of the Game
If you’ve reached this page while specifically searching for tips, you probably already know the general rules to the game so I won’t delve into this topic too much. You can always find the complete set of rules at the gaming site you play at.
But in case you didn’t know already, Boggle is a widely known board game whose objective is to find as many words three letters or longer, each word formed by a path of adjacent letters in a 4 by 4 grid, within a specified time limit. There is no penalty for an invalid word, but each “cube” in the grid can only be used once per word. Every three or four-letter word scores one point, five-letter words score two points each, six-letter words score three, seven-letter words five, and eight letters or more score eleven. There are variants of the game, such as different board sizes and shapes, different point distributions, and extra points for getting a word first.
Continue to the Table of Contents.