Out with the old
We’ve changed a few things around on Knoword recently. You may have noticed a slick(er) new interface, shiny coloured buttons and faster load times, but there was a few important retractions from the old version that I thought I should mention here.
First of all, we’ve removed badges for the time being. We still believe players should be rewarded for their performance in games of Knoword, but we’re going to go about it in a different way. We’ll be introducing achievements later this summer, which will effectively take the place of badges. Per-game achievements will be awarded, but not recorded. These include word streaks, game-savers (correctly answered words with only seconds remaining), and speed-based rewards. Other achievements, such as word and game milestones (such as 200 words answered) will be announced in-game, as well as displayed on your profile page for the world to see. We hope achievements will amount to a lighter load on our servers as well as a more logical reward system for our players.
Secondly, we’ve unified our word lists in two ways. We’ve consolidated all of our normal and hard words from all seasons into two giant lists of normal and hard difficulties, respectively. We’ve also done away with separate languages. Now, the game will accept both British/Canadian and American spelling variations for all words. No need to select your language anymore. You can start playing and rest assured that we will understand you.
Last but certainly not least, we’ve removed the possibility of word repetition within any single game. Now when you play, you will get a full set of randomized words to play through. Once you answer or skip a word, it’s off the list for the rest of that game. We hope this addresses some issues faced by players of the original game and creates a more enjoyable experience for everybody moving forward.
That’s all for now. Next week, I’ll be talking about some of the new additions made to the game in the most recent update. Until then, take care and keep expanding that vocabulary!