How to Play

Creating a Login

Register with an email address and create a password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and must contain an upper case and lower case letter, a symbol, and a number.

Follow the prompt to create a profile by selecting a “screen name” of your choosing. Your password will remain the same.

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Select the languages in which you would like to play.  You can make language changes in your profile at any time. You will have the option to play games in as many or as few of your selected languages. Every game can have a different combination of languages. You do not have to play in all of your selected languages in each game.

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Finding an Opponent

Start a game by tapping on the name of a suggested opponent. Select at least one of their common languages to start a game. (You do not need to select all their playable languages - just the ones you want to include).

Invite someone new to play by tapping the “friends” icon at the bottom of your screen. If you don't see a friend listed, tap “All Friends” at the  top of your screen. Tap “Invite,” then select a contact method. Your friend will receive an invitation to play. The game can begin once your friend has created an account.

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How to play:

Each player starts with 7 character tiles, drawn from the languages you have chosen to play (including their unique special characters: ñ, ö, ä, etc). 

The current player is highlighted in white along with their current score.

 

The goal is to create words using the characters in your tile tray in the language currently in play. The language of play (LOP) is highlighted at the top right of your game screen along with the other languages available for that particular game. In the example below, the available languages are Spanish (ES), English (EN), and German (DE). The LOP is currently in English (EN). The word(s) that you create on any given turn must be in the current LOP.

Each tile has an individual value that is totaled for all words that you create (horizontally and vertically). A number of the squares on the playing grid are bonus tiles. These include double letter (DL), triple letter (TL), double word (DW), and triple word (TW). The first word needs to be played across the center star square.

 

Linguicity also has change language (CL) squares. When one of your character tiles in a played word covers a CL square, you'll be prompted to select the language (from the agreed upon languages in that game) for your opponent to play during their next turn.

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In the game shown above, it's Player #1's turn to play a word in English. Because Player #1 has two German character tiles with umlauts ("Ö" and "Ä"), a good strategy would be to play a word that crosses a CL square so that they will be able to change the LOP to German (and hope that Player #2 doesn't change the LOP back to English or to Spanish during their turn!) 

Alternatively, they could use a Change Language+ Power-Up to change the LOP to German before their play. (See Power-Ups section below.)

Words that have been played on the board can be used to make additional words in the current LOP. If one player has added the word "play" while the LOP is English, and if later the LOP has been switched to Spanish a player may add an "a" to the English word "play" to make the Spanish word "playa". 

Power Ups:

There are two Power-Up options:  Change Language+ and Swap+. Change Language+ lets you change languages before you play your word. Swap+ allows you to swap your character tiles before you play your word without losing your turn.

To use the Power-Up option, tap on the “Store” icon at the bottom right of the main page. On the Store page you will see how many coins, Change Language+, and Swap+ that you have. You earn coins as you play:  the more games you play, the more coins you will earn! You also have the option to buy additional coins which can then be used to purchase the desired Power-Up.

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How are Power Ups used?

Tap on the "Power" icon at the left bottom of the game page. A pop-up will appear with the Power-Up options. Tap on the one that you would like to use. Both Power-Ups can be used at the beginning of your turn in any game -- but each can be used only once per turn.

Translation:

Tap on any played word on the game screen to get the translation of that word. The translation pop-up window will show the translation of that word in the other languages in play for that particular game.

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Have fun, exercise your brain, learn new words!