"I don't know," says Peter Roizen,
creator of the WildWords crossword game,
"but I sure would like to have their
WildWords is played and scored in a similar
fashion to Scrabble, but wild tiles marked with
an asterisk can represent any series of letters.
For example, the play of "JUX*ION"
could be made for the word
"juxtaposition." There are twelve such
tiles in the bag.
In addition, 20 special squares on the board
convert regular tiles into wild tiles. A tile is
turned upside down when played on such a square
and may then represent, one, two, three, or any
series of contiguous letters. This adds a
strategic element and considerable opportunities.
According to Roizen, "these elements shift
the odds, so that WildWords is played with your
complete vocabulary. Every word in English is
As players need not divulge the letter sequences
represented by wild tiles unless an opponent
risks challenging the play, bluffing is a
component of the game. The tension and
psychological maneuvering found in poker are
present in WildWords.
"I have heard that Jennifer Aniston, John
Travolta, Mel Gibson, Madonna, Oprah, and Dustin
Hoffman are all Scrabble fans," says Roizen.
"I'm sure we could convert at least two of
them. Reviews of the game are always great, but
we have yet to get a mention by anyone with star
quality. That is what we need to go big
The WildWords Game Company invites anyone to
submit leads on locating these and other famous
players of Scrabble.