DorieW – Longest Word

jade645 – Random Winner

BillD – Random Winner

nowshining – Random Winner

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Thank you for all the great words. There were several words longer than the winner but they did not fall into the rules that the word cannot start with a capitalization, like my name Todd.

Winners of the contest can choose one of the following:

Palm OS
WordPop
Word Watch
Word Monaco
Farkle Dice
Triples

Windows Mobile
WordPop
Word Monaco
Farkle Dice

iPhone
WordPop

I was reading twitter when one of the people posted his high score.  It is always so rewarding when you work hard on a new feature and then see it used.  http://stattos.blogspot.com/2009/04/wordpop-no1.html

 Congratulations to Statto for being number one.

WordPop No.1

I’ve just messed up a WordPop game. But my score of 52,567 on round 185 puts me No. 1 on the global all time scores on the iPhone! How about that? Never been No. 1 at anything before….

Dead chuffed.

I really messed up though, I was going steamingly well but paying half attention to WordPop and half to the Man Utd/Porto game on telly, and left myself with no

wordpop_contest_march_2009.jpgTo the left is a screen shot of WordPop!, our best selling word game. Two ways to win. Try to find the longest word you can, and then submit it to our forum. Just like the rules when you play WordPop! on your device, each letter in the word must be adjacent to the next, for example, RIPE.

– The player who submits the longest word wins a copy of a Smart Box Design Game (if a tie then the first one to submit wins)
– Two random winners will be picked from additional submitted words
– Contest ends March 31, 2009
– Winners will be announced in the next newsletter and / or e-mail (you must register at the forum to qualify and so we have your e-mail on record)
– We’re looking forward to seeing your words

Click Here to Submit Your Words at the Forum

wordpop_globalhighscores75.jpgFor the last month, the team has been working on Global High scores for WordPop for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  A real challenge was how to lay out the screen. Wyatt was driving the effort and through several iterations with Jim and I, a series of screens were created and tested. The driving goal of the High Score screen was to allow players to easily and quickly compare their scores to other players. It was complicated because we have three different scores, Easy, Medium, and Hard. It was a lot of information to squeeze into one page. It was tempting to split this to separate screens. The feedback from our testers to Wyatt was very helpful and I am very pleased with the final vesion. 

 A feature we added that is not new, but not seen too often, is Today scores. Typically, All Time high scores are posted and compared. However, I wanted new and occasional player to see how they are doing in comparison to others. The Today High Score posts scores from the last 24 hours, Pacific Time. It has been great fun watching the Easy, Medium, and Hard lists fill up through out the day.

 An interesting side note in releasing a Global High score feature.  Our first version was rejected by Apple as violating their privacy policy. We assumed the term Global High scores was enough to alert players that their scores are being posted to the net. Scores are considered private data by Apple, so we needed to add some language alerting the player is a more transparent way. Although Apple was more strict than I liked it did push us to be more creative in our presentation.

I highly recommend all owners of WordPop for iPhone to upgrade to the latest version. It is free and the new feature is a real incentive to get those high scores. I know during testing that I really wanted to beat some of the other scores I saw.

Click here to download the latest version from the Apple Store.

This month we created our plan for updating WordPop for the iPhone features for the next few months. We started with a minor release on Friday. Although the changes were minor they are very important to our long term commitment to making the best word game.

  1. Added “Suggest a Word” – We’ve been wanting this ability from a while now. Even though we have an 80,000 plus word list there is room for growth, especially in industry specific words, such a medical or accounting. The Suggest a Word selecting in the main menu, provides a quick and convenient method for sending us words to consider.
  2. Added user suggested words – We are dedicated to improving the word list on a regular basis. Announcing this in this recent build was our way to let everyone know, that we appreciate your suggestions and hope they keep coming.
  3. Updated “How to Play” – For new players and for those who want to learn more about the game we added more detail to the help file and graphics. The graphics are especially helpful as they explain visually the directions.

Select Updates in iTunes to get your FREE upgrade.