A downloadable game for Windows and Mac OS X

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In WordUp your aim is to grow a word more than the computer can. The computer places a letter. Then it's your turn. If the computer can't continue the word on its turn, you win and get a point for every letter placed. If you choose a letter that creates a word not in the ENABLE word list, you lose and start again with zero points. That's it.

I've rated the game for mature audiences because the word list contains offensive words and could be chosen by the player or the computer. Future versions might well change this.

The game prototype for the Mac and PC uses:

  • Messy, quick and dirty C++ code, the game written from scratch starting for Ludum Dare (growing theme) solo in under 48 hours
  • The ENABLE word list
  • The Cinder Library
  • The Apple San Francisco system font
  • Tile graphics created in Acorn
  • Sound effects created in BFXR

I plan to continue developing this prototype into a full game. This is the first playable, original game I've created since 1988

Update December 27, 2015: PC port added. Unzip and run. No difference from the Mac version. 32-bit. Windows 8.1 and up, it crashes for some people, so please hang fire until the 28th so that I can investigate!

Update December 28, 2015: PC build updated. Unzip and run. This is a release version instead of yesterday's faulty debug version that didn't work for some people.

Update December 29, 2015: PC build updated. This version has updated assets using ogg files for audio and a ttf file for the font. This works on more PCs.

More information

Published313 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X
TagsCasual, Ludum Dare 34, word, wordgame
Player countSingleplayer


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

WordUp.zip 3 MB
WordUp-LD34-Win32.zip 1 MB