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the online word search maker that creates interactive, embeddable and fully customizable word searches

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The word search maker

Using the online word search maker is as easy as entering the first words that come to mind around a certain topic and let the word search generator do the rest!

The generator creates the word search in real-time, so you can directly see the result of your input.

The word search maker

Changing directions and difficulty

Changing the difficulty and look of your word search can be done in various ways. The free version allows you to change the 'Size' and the 'Directions' via the Settings-tab.

Increasing or decreasing the word search grid size can tune the difficulty up or down and it can help with the space that the puzzle takes up on the screen.

The directions can be turned on or off individually. The diagonal directions (southwest/northwest/etc..) are the most difficult to find, so if you want to make the word search a little easier, disable those.

Changing directions and difficulty

Vary between field shapes

If you want to surprise your players, you can opt for the 'Field shape' feature via the Premium-tab. This allows you to deviate from the default square grid and generate a word search with all kinds of shapes: 'Smiley', 'Diamond', 'Circle', 'Cross', 'Pyramid' and 'Star'

To create the best look, experiment with the 'Size' from the Settings-tab as well, since the distribution of the cells might improve further!

Vary between field shapes

Changing the hint type to 'Questions'

If you want to spice up the word search puzzle and make it a bit more educational/challenging, you can change the Premium 'Type of Word Search' to 'Questions'

This way, the player does not directly see the answers to look for, but only the questions/descriptions describing the answer! A cool way to experiment with alternative educational material :-)

Changing the hint type to 'Questions'

Solving word searches as a team

Generating interactive puzzles that can be played in teams is of course even more fun! The 'Play in teams' option on the Premium-tab does just that.

After setting up the teams and starting the word search battle, the team members are connected digitally causing correctly given answers to by synchronised automatically to the other team members.

The word search owner (probably you!) has a cool control room via the Premium-tab that shows the progress of each team, so you can determine who finishes first!

Solving word searches as a team

Force a new word search field every time

If you want to make sure that your word search is unique every time it gets played, enable the Premium feature 'Allow regenerating puzzle'. This way the word search generator is activated each time the player opens up the puzzle and thus gets a unique puzzle every time.

Force a new word search field every time

Adding a countdown timer

In combination with the Premium 'Use countdown timer', you can create the ultimate repeatable puzzle challenge. Find all the answers within 60 seconds.

Players can reset their puzzle after they have finished, and then try again! :)

Adding a countdown timer

Hiding any hints

You can also hide the hints altogether via the 'Hide Hints' Premium feature, this way the player will have no idea what to look for, making it even more challenging and for some, fun :).

The other option is to show the hints below the word search puzzle, which could make it a bit more compact for smaller screens.

Hiding any hints

Choosing your own character set

Each language has their own unique character sets, and so the word search generator should be able to include those characters in the randomly generated cells. The 'Character List' option on the Premium-tab does exactly that.

You can include any character you like, allowing you to create Chinese puzzles, other foreign language characters, like (ë and á) and any character you can think of.

Choosing your own character set

Adding row and column numbers

Solving word searches in virtual meetings or via central digital school boards can be tough since communicating where you see a word is not really easy by default.

But the solution is here! Enable the Premium 'Show numbers' and each row and column will get their own number, making it easy to call out character coordinates and allowing for central play!

Adding row and column numbers

Integrating a hidden solution

Adding a hidden solution to a word search puzzle is not the easiest feature to implement since we have to work with randomly inserted words by you, the puzzle creator and this leaves random amounts of 'open' puzzle cells.

But, if you really want to try it out, there is a feature that you can use, namely the manual word search builder. This can be toggled via the black/white human head icon at the top right of the puzzle preview.

Via this mode, you can manually change the cells that remain and create a solution this way that exactly fits these remaining cells.

Integrating a hidden solution

Check out the sample puzzle

Discover how this puzzle type looks in practice by viewing and playing the sample puzzle (opens in a new tab)

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