Word Search… and Destroy! Swap letters to build words, then cross out words to remove them from the board. You must plan ahead to build longer words with the fewest swaps. If you’re really clever you can clear the board.

For a fast-paced challenge try the Beat the Clock mode! Letter swaps won’t cost you any points but you only have 12 seconds to cross out each valid word.

(This originally was a uDevGames 2004 contest entry. Visit the uDevGames website
for more information.)

System Requirements Download
  • Mac OS X 10.1 – 10.14 (“Mojave”)
  • 400 MHz CPU or greater
  • Rage 128 Pro, Radeon-class, or GeForce video card.
Click here for PowerPC Binary
(version 1.1.8; 6.3 MB)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or greater
Click here for Intel Binary
(version 1.1.9; 6.4 MB)

Hints and Tips

The game includes details about the rules of the game. Simply run the game and click on “How to Play”.

Also, the Readme file included with the game has lots of details about how to play and how the scoring works.

Here’s a strategy for Beat the Clock: quickly build a short word to be safe, but before crossing it out spend a few seconds working on a larger word somewhere else on the board. In this way you can gradually build longer words or use up tricky letters like X or Q.

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