August 2009

Spogglitaire

This is a game published by Spogg. It is like solitaire, but has some interesting twists to it. First of all, you can play against others online from all over the world. In the speed mode, you compete with them to see who can get the most cards down first.
Playing the game
The table consists of seven columns, with the first column containing one card, the second column two cards, the third column three cards, and so on. The top card of each column is face-up; the remainder of the cards are face-down. The rest of the cards (24) are left face-down to form the stock.
The object of the game is to move the four aces, as they appear, to the top right boxes, and build each up in suit from ace to king (A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K).
You turn cards face-up from the stock three at a time onto a discard pile by clicking the top left box. The top card of the discard pile may be played onto the seven columns or the top right boxes. Likewise, the top card of each pile is available for play onto the foundations or another tableau pile. Cards within the columns may be build down in sequence and alternating color. A sequence of cards may be moved as a unit from one pile to another. When a face-down tableau card is exposed, click it to turn it face-up. If a space is created amongst the columns it may only be filled with a king. The stock may be recycled from the wastepile when it becomes empty by clicking the empty top left box. When either all the top right boxes are filled, or when no more moves are possible (or when the only possible move is to recycle the stock) click the New Cards button to play another deal.
There are two different modes in spogglitaire: Fun and Compete. In Fun mode there's no time limit and no direct competition between the players in a room. The objective is to play the ultimate round of Spogglitaire (1040 points). You also have plenty of time to chat with the other players and see how they play. In Compete mode the objective is to get the most points in 10, 15 or 20 minutes. Winning will boost your ranking points but to get a high score you must play in Fun mode.
Scoring
You receive points for every card you put in any of the top completion boxes (20 points in Fun and 100 points in Compete mode). You lose points for moving cards from one heap to another. You can't have a negative score (this is a hint for receiving maximum score in the Fun high score mode). When pressing the New Cards button you will reset your score in Fun mode and you will lose 100 points in Compete mode, the high score list only shows the best scores from the Fun mode. Your ranking score will only be affected by the results in Compete mode.
Here is a link to Spogglitaire by Spogg in case you want to play
Play Spogglitaire
Spogglitaire

Spellbound

Another multi-player game by Spogg is Spellbound. It's kind of like Scrabble, but instead of putting down letters, you have to find as many words as you can before your online opponents do. The letters are all scrambled up so the challenge is picking them out of the confusion.
The objective of the game is to form as many valid words as possible during the specified amount of time. Form words of three or more letters and submit them by either double-clicking the last letter or by clicking the word below the letter area. The letters in the word must be next to each other on the grid. If a word is valid it will show up in the green area, if the word is not valid it will show up in the red area. If a word is valid but already taken by you or another player, it will be grayed out.
If you wish you may use the tab key to toggle between using the keyboard for chat input and game letter input. When you're in game letter input mode pressing backspace will remove letters and enter will submit the word.
Scoring for letters:
Each letter is worth:
A=3, B=5, C=4, D=4, E=1, F=5,
G=3, H=5, I=2, J=5, K=5, L=4,
M=4, N=3, O=3, P=4, Q=5, R=3,
S=2, T=3, U=4, V=5, W=5, X=5,
Y=5, Z=5
The most fun part of the game is playing against people online from all over the world!
Here is a link to Spellbound by Spogg in case you want to play.
Play Spellbound
Spellbound

Sketchorama

Sketchorama is a really fun drawing game published by Spogg.com. In the game, you try to guess what the other players are drawing. You can also grab the pencil and draw if you want the others in the game to try to guess what you are drawing. This is a multi-player Java based game that is played in your favorite browser over the internet.
If a guess almost correct, you will see the correct part of the word on the drawing board. If no one has guessed the correct word after 60 seconds everyone will receive a hint.
If you think the sketcher is trying to cheat you can press the report cheat button, if more than half the players pressed the cheat button, no points will be awarded that round and the sketcher will be warned.
You may also chat with the other players to see if any of them have any idea what is being drawn.
I have been looking for cheats to this game so if you know of any, please leave them!
Scoring
The scoring in Sketchorama is simple, the faster the word is guessed the more points are awarded the guesser and the sketcher. The maximum amount of points is 200 per round.
Here is a link to Sketchorama in case you want to play!


Sketchorama

Crosswise

Crosswise is a cool crossword game that was created by Spogg for multi-player action over the internet. You compete to create the best scoring words in this crossword game. Everyone places their word at the same time, so there is no need to wait for your turn! The fastest one wins.

The objective of the game is to form the highest scoring words from a set of seven letters. In addition to your seven letters you must use at least one letter from the ones already on the board. All letter combinations created need to form valid words. To create a word, drag the letters from your personal set to the game board. Note that the very first word must be placed on the center square (marked with a star). When you have placed your word, click the Submit button. If you haven't submitted a word within a minute you will pass the round and get all letters you have placed on the board back.

The player with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner. The score you get for a word, is the sum of all the numbers marked on the letters. More uncommon letters generate a higher score. So it works a bit like Scrabble.

Here is a link to Crosswise by Spogg in case you want to play!

Play Crosswise