Play On Words (POW) is word game for mobile devices where players must aim to place letters on a game board to achieve the highest scoring word possible, using an identical rack of 7 letters as their opponent. The winner is the player with the highest score at the end of the game.
Once both players have played a word, the two words are revealed simultaneously, with the highest scoring word only remaining on the board. When both scores are the same, the first word played remains on the board but both scores count. Individual player tile colours highlight board domination at a glance.
Letters played in the word remaining on the board are removed from both racks. Letters played in the word removed from the board are returned to the tile pool.
If players cannot play a word, they can pass but will lose a turn. If both players pass, both players will receive 7 new identical letters.
A bonus of 40 points is awarded to a player who achieves a POWer Play (playing all 7 letters in one go).
Play continues with each player trying to make the highest scoring word possible. Play ends after four consecutive passes (two per player), when all letter tiles have been placed on the board, or a player forfeits or resigns, in which case their opponent wins!
A player’s rating is adjusted up or down after each game taking into account whether they won/lost and the rating of their opponent.