Mumble is a word game using virtual Musa tiles. Unlike most word games and puzzles, the tiles don't show letters, they show shapes: half letters. We use all the Musa shapes except
and the accents
: they don't occur in English. You start with a hand of sixteen tiles, so you can only spell words up to eight letters long. Longer words are worth more points.
Your job is to make a word with those tiles by placing the tiles from your hand on the board. Shapes that flip over on the bottom will do so automatically. You don't have to fill every column in the grid, but any empty columns must be on the right.
To move a tile, click on it to select it, and then click where you want to put it. Double-clicking will move a tile to the next open spot on the other array. Double-clicking a blank spot on the board will send all the tiles back to the hand.
If you'd like to consult the dictionary directly to see how Musa spells an English wprd, it costs 1 point for three words. You can also get a new hand for 1 point.
Any word in our dictionary will score you the square of its length: a 2-letter word is worth 4 points, while a 5-letter word is worth 25 points. There's no timer, and you're not competing directly with anyone else. But you can keep going to earn a higher and higher score. Clicking on the score box will print the screen, so you can show off your high score.
Our dictionary is a subset of the Mieliestronk Corncob list of 58000 words from British English, but the Musa spellings are based on the pronunciations in the Carnegie Mellon University dictionary, and thus represent a General American dialect.
We hope you're enjoying this first version of Mumble. We're interested in hearing what you think of it, both good and bad. Please comment on it on either our Facebook page or our subReddit, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which of the following possible new directions interests you the most?
An online scoreboard to which you could post your score
A way to buy the tile you want for 1 point
A restricted word list, like for example only names of animals (makes it harder)