Game Introduction – Letter by Letter
Letter by Letter is a free-to-play word game where you play with friends or random opponents to see who can own the most letters on the game board before it’s full. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.
Quick Start Guide
- To download the game, click the “Play Now” button at the top of this page.
- Once downloaded, click the “play” button
- That’s it! You’re ready to start the game!
How to Play
- The Game Board: This isn’t like Words with Friends (http://www.gamezebo.com/games/words-friends)—this is purely about the words. There are no bonus multipliers to worry about—it is simply a 7 by 7 game board—49 letters to be placed on it. Once all 49 spaces have been filled, the game is over. The person with the most letters out of the 49 wins the game.
- Starting Out: When you first start the match, the game board will be blank. Down near the bottom are the eight letters that you have at your disposal to spell out a word. Interestingly, also unlike Words with Friends, you are not constricted to horizontal and vertical word placement. So long as the current letter is touching diagonally, vertically, or horizontally with the next letter choice, you can use it to spell out a letter. So that means for any letter that is not on the top, bottom or side rows, there are eight possible letters for you do choose from. The only stipulation is that you must play a letter each turn.
- Placement: When the game begins, only the bottom row is available for immediate use. You can place it along any part of the row. Placing a letter opens the box above it on its column for immediate use.
- Letter Tray: The other catch is that the letter tray is a shared. So while you might be spelling a great word, an “S” that is left in the tray might allow the player on their next turn.
- Shuffling: Like every other word game out there you have the ability to shuffle the letters around. This is best for when you’re stumped and simply need to see the letters mixed around to conjure up a few different words in your head.
- Completed Board: Here’s a completed game board—a nail biter to be sure! In this case, before the game was ultimately won by yours truly, I was down 24-21. The upper corner was available with four spaces, and luckily for me, I had a four letter word in the tray!
- Don’t Get Greedy: Along these lines, it can be very tempting to simply snipe your opponents letters, but you also need to be mindful of win conditions like the one above. While sniping three letters from your opponent might be pretty satisfying, the winds can just as easily blow the other way. Because you’re in head to head, every letter can count as two so long as it is flipping from you to your opponent. If you have the opportunity to place five or six tiles in the same location to get the victory—take it. In this game, the last person to play is going to typically come out victorious.
- Creating a Game: If you’re familiar with any of the Zynga franchises, the set up should be pretty familiar. At the top you have two options to set up games, shown in the above screenshot.
- Game Options: The game does support Facebook, but you can also search opponents by game username, email and of course, random opponents.
- Coins: You start off with 75 coins in your account. The coins currently can only be used to buy “bombs”.
- Bombs: Bombs do not affect the game board. Instead, they simply refresh the letters in the tray. If there is a set that just doesn’t get you what you need, you can use the bomb to hopefully turn your fortune. Playing the game and winning will earn you 3 coins per victory, otherwise you will have to pay the above prices.
A Few Tips
- Focus Early on Opponent’s Letters: Keeping a nice cushion early on is key. Hone in on your opponents letters early on rather than building new ones. Controlling the bottom of the board will be key as you move up the rows—it will be harder to take away the bottom rows as the game progresses.
- No Replacement for a Good Book: With this type of game, there’s just no replacement for reading a book, newspaper, or our fantastic game guides! Being exposed to words allows you to be much better at the game because you have an expanded vocabulary to work from. There’s no triple letter or word to save you!
You have completed Gamezebo’s quick start guide for Letter by Letter! You should be all set on your way to play your best game! Be sure to check back often for game updates, staff and user reviews, user tips, forums comments and much more here at Gamezebo!