Clockwords Prelude: www.kongregate.com
English teachers, take note - if you taught this in school, every child would talk like a Shakespearean thespian. It’s a fun and highly addictive game that aims to expand your vocabulary, but it’s much more entertaining than Scrabble.
Clockwords Prelude is set in Victorian England. You take the role of an inventor who’s created a machine that’s powered by language. But it comes under attack from mechanical spiders who are trying to steal the blueprints.
You’re given a set of letters, and have to make words using as many of them as possible to power the cannon and shoot the spiders. Come up with a word that uses all the given letters, and you’ll unlock an extra-letter chamber with which to build longer words.
It’s all lovingly rendered with a steampunk feel, and a chirpy time-is-ticking soundtrack that you could listen to for hours. Which is a good job, as once you start playing it’s fiendishly difficult to stop. And once you do start, you’ll surprise yourself with some of the words you come up with.