Word search puzzles have been around for many years as a source of entertainment. Featured in newspapers, magazines, and mixed media puzzle books, these puzzles range in difficulty from very easy to almost unsolvable. Adults and children alike attempt to finish them daily, making them a universally accepted activity. Even available on computers and as iPhone games, word searches continue to increase in popularity as the years pass.
When used as a form of entertainment, these games can be played at a person’s leisure. They require no strategy or preparation, and there are no pieces to play with or lose. People can do them on breaks at work, during long trips, or while waiting for an event. There are many websites dedicated to word search, either online or printing them out to distribute. One site allows users to print out the puzzles based on their interests from the internet. Each of the lists has at least ten words to find, and the puzzles can be shuffled and re-sized to the user’s specifications. Users must register before they can view or print the puzzles.
Registered users can also create their own puzzles, which is a great tool for educators. When used as a classroom supplement, word search games help children learn to spell and read the words that they are looking for while making it seem less like learning. With the ability to create new puzzles, teachers will be able to incorporate these games into each different chapter or section that they teach. They can even use the puzzles as group activities to encourage teamwork, or as rewards for good classroom behavior. Solution sheets can also be printed for each puzzle, making checking student results much simpler.
Word Search puzzle games are also available as a free application on iOS compatible devices, (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) these word search games can be played on the go. After downloading the application, users have the ability to play and create puzzles on their hand held devices. The iPhone games can be played solo or with others, and the user has the option to choose before the start of each game. For networked games, there are two options – local and online. The online games will use an internet connection to find one or multiple competitors from all users currently playing. The local function will allow the user to play against someone using a compatible device in close proximity to them. The multiplayer winner is the player that finds the most words in each puzzle.
Always updating with user-created input, wordsearchparty.com makes it easy for users to play new and exciting puzzles daily. The puzzles update in real time, and users can select their favorite word lists and replay them as many times as they choose. Whether they are printed out and solved on paper, or electronically finished, word search puzzles are a perfect (and educational) way to relax.