Versions: A newer version does not require a newer Java Runtime Environment. Just replace the old jar file with the new one.
|Description / Issue
|First Version out of Beta
|Merriam Webster dramatically revised the syntax of their web pages.
WW's Lookup function for resolving challenges was changed to parse their new approach.
Some of the words ending up on the board in this sample game are shown in the Chat box.
This game used an unusually high number of Turn To Wild Squares. There is a knack here
form and see possible words from pieces of them that takes some games to
If you have memorized Scrabble words from AAL through ZUZ, you can free up those brain
cells for a better purpose. This is a game you get better at by the joyful experience of playing it.
Here's a link to a video of a whole game with the thinking time removed. You may have already seen it on the home page. To The Video! Here is a description of Game Play if you want the full details now.
WildWords.jar (the program itself) is a
very small file (75,000 bytes) and can be easily downloaded in a flash.
It requires something called the Java Runtime Environment which you may
already have. You can start by downloading the jar file and firing it
up to see if that is the case.
Feedback on any problems with or without solutions would be welcome.
WildWords is NOT a browser plug-in.
Enabling java in your browser is not required and actually discouraged for security reasons.
WildWords is a
application with no abilities beyond communicating with another copy of
itself to exchange information on the status of the game and browsing some well-established dictionary pages. The game
connection is made directly between you and your opponent. There is no
third party involved to spy, pester, advertise, or self-update.
You can practice on your own and play others who use your router without requiring an internet connection at all.
WildWords downloads in a few seconds which
changing your version easy as well. Just remember to delete the old one
first. This is version 3.05 updated on 4/7/2021. It's a good idea to
make sure that both players are playing with the latest and the same
Know where you put the file and make a shortcut to it on Windows or the
eqivalent, if possible, on a Mac. It will be in your Finder, of course.
first thing is just try to fire it up. Perhaps you have a suitable
version of Java 8, and it works a la carte. When this is not the case,
you will need to continue reading below.
case on an old Mac machine with a new
Operating System, a user was told they needed the Java Runtime Environment and installed it with another click.
Perhaps yours may too. Sadly, every "perhaps" has an equal and opposite "perhaps not."
On a different Mac machine I have, the System Preferences page had a
(coffee cup) icon. A click on that offered me a chance to update the
version of java. A click on the Update option hung endlessly and
updated nothing. Your machine might do what mine said it would, but did not. Mine has an 8 year old operating system.
For that Mac and two Windows Machines (7 and 10), I downloaded
the correct installer directly from Oracle with the link further down.
In particular I asked for the:
MacOS x64 Installer (the
dmg file) for the Mac, or
Windows x64 (the exe file) for
the two Windows machines.
I saw no point in downloading compressed versions that were virtually the same size as the uncompressed
versions. There was also a Windows X86 Offline which would presumably
older Windows machines. I tried it on my 25 year old laptop but it
failed to install. That machine has minimal memory.
do the download, you will need an Oracle account. It's free. There
is no credit card entry required. The are a few lines of information
you need to fill out first. Your account is confirmed with a follow-up
you have a java JRE, you won't need to get it again and may use it with
java programs that you trust. Updating the JRE now and then seems to be
recommended. Once you have an account with Oracle, you can use it to
download and install a JRE on other machines you have or on a friend's
machine in a matter of minutes.
Note: Some problems may arise when going beyond practicing to
playing an opponent in Timbuktu or sometimes around the corner. Some
explanations are offered within the program--the Make A Connection box
in particular. There is also a link in the Web Links menu to a
"Technical Issues" page. Don't forget to take that link if necessary.