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Flip Words

Make words where the first letter is used to solve a Wheel of Fortune type puzzle!

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  • What's Free - Play game for 60 minutes.
  • File Size - 5 MB
  • Play It On - Win XP/Vista/7


DFG Exclusive Review Summary

A very good game, far above average & recommended.


  • Turn based play lets you focus on words without feeling the pressure of time.
  • Longer and more difficult words bring about bonus turns.
  • Scores posted online.
  • Challenging cross between hangman and a puzzle word game.


  • Only one difficulty setting.
  • The red disks are hard on your eyes.
  • Only one game mode.




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Game Description

Flip Words is a fantastic new word game that blends the word making fun of Boggle with the puzzle solving excitement of Wheel of Fortune!

  • "I'm addicted to Wheel of Fortune and to computer word games!! SOOO!! you've made my day combining the two!! Super fantastic fun!" - Beavin Heath Ansley

You have a certain amount of turns to guess the puzzle or get all the letters for the puzzle with the words you make. The first letter of every word you make is used towards the puzzle solution. If the letter is included in the puzzle, it appears, if not, you must make more words. Every word you make takes up 1 turn and when you are out of turns, you get one final guess at the puzzle.


  • "I think this game is great. In fact, I plan on using it with my 4th grade students in the Fall to encourage their spelling skills as well as critical thinking skills. Thanks a bunch!!!!!" - Patricia Neighbors

Flip Words also incorporates several fun bonuses to help you along the way. Some letters will appear with a "Free" marker indicating that they don't have to be the first letter in the word you make to be used toward the puzzle. Some letters will come with a score multiplier to boost your word score.

Also, when you get a certain score, you will also be rewarded with an extra turn you can use to solve the puzzle. Get a high enough score and you may make it on the all time Internet high score chart!

Flip Words Review

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Review by Dylan

Flip words is a challenging word game that develops spelling skills as well as critical thinking abilities. In this game you are given a 7x7 grid of letters that you will need to combine in order to create words. Each word you make counts as one of your turns and the points you earn not only add to your total score, but also help you earn bonus turns. While spelling you will be working toward solving a Wheel of Fortune-like clue. If you solve the puzzle, you advance to the next round and continue playing.

Wheel of Fortune-Like Word Game

Flip Words is similar to other word games like Bookworm or Aqua Words in that you spell words by combining adjacent letters. You click on the red letters to link them into words. The letters must be touching and the words must be at least 3 letters long. This similarity ends with the hangman-like feature of this game. As you spell words you gain letters to an unknown puzzle. The first letter of valid words is used to reveal letters in the hidden puzzle. If you reveal enough letters and are able to recognize the phrase, you can continue guessing until you are out of turns or you can click the “Guess Phrase” button to solve the puzzle. Correctly solving the problem boosts your score and advances you to the next level, which is a repeat of what you just accomplished.


Some Strategic Elements

The hangman-esque gameplay not only improves the quality of the game, but it also adds a strategic element that extends much further than just finding words from a random 49 letters. You have to plan out your words and guess certain words based on what letter they start with, how many points they are worth, and how many turns you have left. The best words in this game can be long or short and start with E, A, and O. Since the first letter used in the word you make could also be used in the puzzle, its important to begin your words with common letters and vowels. This can be difficult, but improves both your spelling and critical thinking skills. Having a mix of hangman and Wheel of Fortune makes Flip Word a unique and great word game.

Only One Game Mode

In addition to the uniqueness you find in the gameplay, differences can be seen in other aspects of this game. Unlike most other word games, Flip Words only has one mode of play, one difficulty setting, no multiplayer mode, and no online play. The limited options are detrimental to the game and set it behind its counterparts. If you could take you skills online and play others or through a LAN connection this game would be much more dynamic and better. Also, having only one difficulty setting makes this game less available to all users. It might be too difficult for some and much too easy for others. The developers should have included these features to make this better than others on the market.

Conclusion - Good If You Really Enjoy Playing the Basic Game Repeatedly

Overall, Flip Words is a fun game that deserves a chance, however, not having a multiplayer mode, multiple difficulty settings, online play, and various game modes limits the game. The essence and core of the game are fun regardless, however, other games on the market are just as fun and offer a lot more features. If you are a fan of Wheel of Fortune and other word games you might want to give this a try. Regardless of it's simple game features the game is still enjoyable.

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Fast Facts

  1. Flip Words was released on June 9, 2004.
  2. The game was developed by HipSoft LLC.
  3. Currently, it only has one sequel called Flip Words 2.
  4. HipSoft is a company that mainly specializes in casual games. A few examples of their work include Jig Words, MicroMan, Ocean Express, Gem Shop, Five Card Deluxe, and the Build-a-lot series.
  5. Flip Words is available for Windows, Mac OSX and iOS systems.

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