Quick Tips

  • Help the worm get to the bottom by making words before the apple explodes!  

  • Choose letters to make your word.  They do NOT have to be next to each other.  

  • When you make a valid word it will turn green in the word bar at the bottom of the screen.  Tap the bar to submit the word. 

  • Invalid words appear red in the word bar. 

  • To clear an invalid word and start a new word, click the word bar when it's red.

  • The more points you get the more stars you'll earn.

  • Keep an eye on the wick which is shown on the right side of your screen!  It's game over if the wick reaches the bottom before the worm. 

  • 3 letter words are limited, use them wisely. Watch the dots on the bottom dashboard to see how many you have left. 

  • Use all of the "Gem Tiles" in every level to unlock secret levels!

  • Drag bombs onto letters if you need help clearing the way. 

  • Drag shuffle booster (arrow icon on the dashboard) onto the tiles to get all new letters.

  • Earn more bombs by using 'bomb tiles' in a word. 

  • Proper nouns such as names of people, places, days of the week, etc. will not be accepted as valid game words.

Detailed Instructions


The objective in Word Wow is to clear a path for the worm to reach the bottom of the screen.  As you make words, the letter blocks disappear creating an open path for Worm. 

How to Make Words

Just start tapping letters!  You can choose any letter on the screen to make words.  They do not need to be next to each other...if you can see the letter, you can use it. Keep in mind that the Word Wow dictionary is based on the Scrabble dictionary. Words that are hyphenated, capitalized (proper nouns including names and places), or apostrophized are not allowed.  Your letters will appear on the submit bar on the bottom dashboard.  Incomplete and invalid words will appear red.  You can clear a misspelled or invalid word by tapping the submit bar.  Valid words will appear green.  Submit them by tapping the submit bar. Tip: In French and Spanish all accents have been removed for ease of play. 


Each level in Word Wow Big City has hidden gems!  There is at least one gem FRAGMENT in each level. You need to collect all the Gem Fragments on a level to earn the full GEM.   You will need to find and use the gem fragment tiles in a word in order to collect them.  When you earn a gem fragment by making a word, you still have to complete the level to keep it.  If you fail then the gem fragment will still be available the next time you play the level for you to try again.   


If you collect all gems, on all levels, in any given world you will unlock 3 secret bonus levels!  

Gem tile


You have the opportunity to earn up to 3 stars on each level.  Stars are earned through points.  The more points you make, the more stars you'll earn.  Making longer words with rare letters (x, z, etc.) will earn you more points.


To make it even more fun, there is a multiplier for words made in rapid succession.  If you continuously make words quickly you can increase the multiplier infinitely.   This is actually the fastest way to earn 3 stars!   See the "Scoring" section below for more detailed scoring information.


The wick is your timer during game play.  You will find it on the right side of the play screen.  The wick ignites when you start the level.  If the wick reaches the ground before the worm, it's game over.  If you beat the wick to the bottom you win!  


Booster bombs are used to blast away letters helping to clear a path for the worm. They appear on the bottom right, in the dashboard.  If you need some help, drag a bomb onto the screen and release it on top of the letters you'd like to destroy. You'll start off the game with a few bombs to try and can earn additional bombs by using a bomb tile in a word. Bomb tiles have a small black bomb in the upper right-hand corner. You may also purchase additional bombs from the Pause Menu.

Bomb Tile

3 Letter Words

There are a limited number of 3 letter words that you are allowed to make on each level, so use them wisely!  They are represented by the dots on your bottom dashboard. Each dot allows you to make one 3 letter word. If you run out of 3 letter words, the game will no longer accept them and you'll have to make longer words to finish that level. 


Indicator for remaining 3 letter words available on this level

Gift tile = one additional 3 letter word OR other surpise. 



Scoring in all Word Wow games is based on the letters used, and the length of the word.   


  1 point for A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T 

  2 points for D, G

  3 points for B, C, M, P

  4 points for F, H, W, Y, V

  5 points for K

  8 points for J, X

10 points for Q, Z


For words longer than 3 letters you'll earn more points.  


4 letter words = 2x

5 letter words = 3x

6 letter words = 4x

Gift Tile

If you use this special tile you can earn 3 letter words, more time and bonus points.





Cages obstacles

Some tiles have a cage on top of them.   You must use these tiles twice in order to remove them from the board.   

              Cage obstacle

Shuffle Booster

Word Wow Big City has a special Shuffle Booster.   When used it will change all the letters (except letters under cages) into new letters.    To use, drag one from the dashboard 


 onto the play area the same way you would a bomb (this prevents you from accidentally using them).

Bonus Levels

There are 3 bonus levels at the end of each world in Word Wow Big City. After collecting all gems in each world a button will allow access to the 3 bonus levels where you can earn even more points, bombs and shuffles!

Difficulty Setting

There are 3 difficulty settings available in each Word Wow game.  The default mode is "normal".  You can change the difficulty setting by navigating to the main screen and selecting the "options" button.  


  • 20% less points for each word made

  • More 3 letter words allowed on each level

  • Less points required for 3 stars


  • 20% more points for each word made

  • Less 3 letter words allowed on each level

  • More points required for 3 stars


Word Wow Big City will create a group of peers for your to compete against.    As you complete each level you can see how you stack up against the other players in your group.   They will be other Big City players from all over the world.    

Be sure to change your nickname and avatar by tapping on the tabs along the top of the leaderboard.    The one with the image will take you to the profile page where you can set them.


Play against your friends and see who dominates! On the opening screen in Word Wow Big City you will find a "Save your progress" button.   In there you will find a Facebook Login button.  This will allow you to link up with your friends and compete for best score.  We do not collect or use any of your Facebook information, nor do we have access to post on your wall. 


Remove Ads: This in-app purchase will remove all ads from the game.

Bombs and Shuffles: You may purchase additional Bombs or Shuffles at any time. There are several packages to choose from with discounts applied to volume bundles. Purchased Bombs or Shuffles will not disappear until you use them (ie. if you shut down the game you will not lose any items purchased).

Synchronizing Multiple Devices

If you would like to play Word Wow Big City on more than one device (or if you get a new device) then you can synchronize your game progress to a second or more devices.    On the title screen of the game there is a "Save your Progress" button which will allow you to login with Google, Facebook or Amazon (Amazon only on Android devices).    Doing so will allow you to access your game progress from any other device that you login with in the same way.   

Note : We do not store your login or passwords and this is a completely secure way of preserving your game data.



We love hearing your feedback!  There are a few ways to send us messages.


If possible, please send us messages through the app. This way we will know which version of the game you are playing and be able to help you faster. Go to the main screen and choose the options button (it looks like a gear), in there choose "Contact Us".


You can also go to our website www.donkeysoft.ca and go to the contact us page.


You can also email us directly at support@donkeysoft.ca


If you have a moment please rate our app!  The success of a mobile game relies heavily on ratings.  Great ratings means more players...allowing us to create more levels and new games!  Navigate to the main screen and choose the options button.  In there you will see a link to rate the game.  You can also rate any of the Word Wow games directly in Apple and Mac App Stores, Google Play or Amazon App store online.