Celebrate WildTangent Studios’ Newest Game With A Pen & Paper Version of Word Science

Hi ‘Tangenters,

We just launched the fun word game, Word Science, on all the major app stores.wordscience_403x403

To celebrate, I have a fun, paper version that’s great for kids or when you’re without power (like during one of those surprisingly common crazy storms, when you’re camping or surviving the zombie apocalypse). This game only requires a pen, paper and a pair of dice.


  • Pen
  • Paper – I lied, you’ll need two pieces of paper – one will be blank and one you’ll download here:


  • Pair of dice – okay, okay, you could get away with just a single die
  • Timer

How-To Play Pen & Paper Word Science

  • Get your letters!

    Here’s a screenshot of the letter grid from the download.

    • Roll one die and find that number in the top row.
    • Now, roll your second die and find the number in the first column.
    • Look at the intersection to figure out which letter you got. For example, if I rolled a 4 and then a 3 – I would get a P.
    • Do this 7 times (or until you have 7 letters).
  • Set your timer for 2 minutes, hit start, and…
  • Spell, spell spell! Spell as many words as you can with your 7 letters until the timer goes off.
  • Score your words. Each letter in a word is worth a point. For example, “R-A-I-N-B-O-W” would be worth 7 points.
  • Whoever has the highest score wins this round! Play as many rounds as you’d like and keep track of your scores on the blank sheet of paper.


    Help Professor Von Vocab even when your favorite mobile device isn’t in your hand!

Alternative Ways To Play

  • For a single-player game – see if you can beat your last score.
  • For a competitive game – see if you can beat other players’ scores.
  • For a cooperative game – have everyone work together to beat a cumulative high score.
  • For a little more challenge – decrease your timer’s time to 1 minute.
  • For little kids who can’t spell yet – you can turn this into an educational game. Let them identify the numbers on the dice and the letters that they got. To reduce the tension, you may want to get rid of the timer for this one.

And, that’s how you play Pen & Paper Word Science!

This post was brought to you by WildTangent Studios’ newest game, Word Science! If you love word games, get it today on iPhone/iPad, Android – WildTangent, Android – Google Play or Kindle Fire!

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2 Responses to “Celebrate WildTangent Studios’ Newest Game With A Pen & Paper Version of Word Science”

  1. Spock January 15, 2014 at 4:39 AM #

    Got it all, including a copy of the Blog page. It might help if the “rules” were included as a second page with the paper playing board … 😉

    • Mari January 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM #

      Good suggestion, Spock! I’ll have to do that for the next activity.

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