Michael Kismet is a freelance writer and a committed gamer. Odds are he'll keel over one day with a video game controller in his hands.
What Is Ruzzle?
Ruzzle, which was developed by MAG Interactive, is a word-based game for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. It combines elements of Scrabble and Boggle into a highly addictive game enjoyed by players all over the world. There are no secrets to playing Ruzzle, just aspects of the game you might not be aware of. Now, let's improve your Ruzzle score!
If you're unfamiliar with the popular and addictive online word game Ruzzle, then you're missing out on all the time you could be spending in front of yet another screen and loving it. Now, I can't say what I'll be covering in this article will make you the best player overnight, but I can say it will make you twice the Ruzzle player you are now (unless you're currently ranked above me).
My Ruzzle ranking fluctuates between 2800–2900, which means I'm just another 100 points away from getting into the top 25 of globally ranked players. Accomplishing that has been the sole reason I continue playing and improving. I want to be ranked among the top elite players.
Just the mere thought of seeing my name on that list has become an obsession. Now, I will confess that I'm not the sharpest guy around, but I'm good at adapting and I'm fast. I continually find new ways to make myself an even faster player and that is what I attribute my current rank and survival to. If you're going to be a long-term Ruzzle player, you must always keep continuous improvement in mind. This guide is intended for seriously competitive Ruzzle players, so if you're not one, I advise you to walk away.
When NOT to Play
If you're playing Ruzzle competitively and ranking is of the utmost importance to you, there are times in your life when you should choose not to play:
- You shouldn't play Ruzzle when you are distracted. If you're not really focused on a 2-minute Ruzzle match, then you will not be capable of giving your opponent your best, and a more focused player will capitalize on your lack of proper attention.
- Don't play when you're angry, frustrated, or stressed. Anger makes you lose your objectivity. I never play Ruzzle while consumed by any kind of emotion. All emotions need to be removed from the equation.
- You should feel confident. If you can't play Ruzzle feeling confident that you can be victorious, then you'll likely lose.
- You shouldn't play when you're in a loud environment. Not only will it hamper your concentration, but it will muffle the sound of the game. You will need good listening skills to become a faster player because you will be able to hear the word being spelled before your eyes can signal the word to your brain. Use sound to become faster.
- Never play after washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Doing this removes all the natural oils from your fingertips and creates unwanted friction between your playing finger and the screen, which will slow you down tremendously. It could also be painful because screen burn is possible when you're spelling over 120 words per round.
- Don't use more than one finger to spell your words. Any more fingertips added on the board will make you lose too much speed. I learned through trial and error that my right thumb was my fastest appendage. Also, for the record, pinkies are probably the worst digit to play with.
Vocabulary or Speed?
How to Get Faster
If you want to get better at playing Ruzzle, you need strong vocabulary skills and you need to be fast. Speedy hand-eye coordination abilities will enable you to spell quickly while your eyes scan for the next words. Your ultimate goal should be to decrease the amount of time between your brain sending the signals to your fingers to spell and your fingertips physically carrying out the command.
There are many ways to achieve success while playing Ruzzle, but you can only get better and faster through practice. I have a few recommendations for increasing your playing speed. Before I begin, I want to say that this advice is going to be a bit extreme, but it has made me faster and helped me average 120–150 words per game. The most words I've achieved in one game is 192. Here's how I accomplished that and what you'll need to do to imitate my success.
The Oil Trick
- A non-corrosive cooking oil
- One paper towel
- One wide bottle cap (preferably a Snapple bottle cap because it works well and its width is good)
Next, fold the paper towel (or tear it) into a small square that will fit into the bottle cap. We want to put layers of paper in the bottle cap. Pour exactly 1–2 drops of oil onto the paper towel inside the bottle cap. Now, before you start to play, lightly dab the paper towel with your playing fingertip. Do this very gently and without pressing down on it.
You want to end up with a tiny amount of oil on your fingertip. This is to reduce any and all friction between your skin and the screen. I can't stress the efficacy of this step enough. I am fully aware of the fact that oil being near an expensive electronic device is undesirable, but I am a very competitive Ruzzle player and I will improve wherever and however I can.
Tips to Improve Your Score
- Always string-spell your words in short-to-long succession. For example, if you scan and see the word "Pester", you would first spell "pe, pes, pest", then finally "pester." To be able to spell as many words as you can, you have to do this to every word. The only time you shouldn't do this is when you see a much longer word that you can bank more points from, then go right back to string-spelling words you find.
- Learn from your opponents; after the third round, win, lose, or draw, scroll through the "found words" list and take note of every word they found that you failed to find. Learn those words and add them to your vocabulary arsenal.
- Learn and use more long, complex, and obscure words. The Top 25 ranked Ruzzle players in the world tend to spell crazy, obscure words. I've personally played against every single one of them, and they are as word-knowledgeable as they are lighting quick.
- Play when you're alone in a quiet environment. I like playing in the middle of the night between 1–4 a.m. Find out when you play your best and only play matches during those times.
I'm Addicted to Ruzzle
I never imagined that I'd become addicted to such a simple game, but I loved it from the moment a friend introduced me to it. If you love spelling, then you are highly susceptible to becoming a Ruzzle addict! If you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to share them. I'd love to hear your opinions and questions. Feel free to share this article with a friend and your social network!
© 2014 Michael Kismet
Alexis Hart on April 29, 2020:
I have played this on m kindle fire for years - but suddenly it seems to have been removed from their games. Am I doing something wrong, can it be recovered, or is it as my son says, a ploy to make me get an ew device?
Leana on December 06, 2019:
I’ve been playing Ruzzle for years and I’ve recently seen an increase in cheating, it’s frustrating and pathetic, so I usually compete against myself. Thanks for the tips!
Michael Kismet (author) from Northern California - Follow me on Twitter! -> on August 24, 2014:
Oh , it is! It's super addictive.. as your friend, I actually implore you to never start, once those Ruzzle hooks are in you, there's no turning back.
Thanks for visiting!
ologsinquito from USA on August 24, 2014:
If it's the best of Scrabble and Boggle it has to be fun.