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Official Upwords Game Rules

Upwords is a word game similar to Scrabble but with a twist, as players can stack letters on top of existing letters to create new words. Here are the rules for playing Upwords:


The goal of Upwords is to score the most points by creating words on the game board using letter tiles.


  • Game Board: The game board consists of a grid of squares where letter tiles can be placed.

  • Letter Tiles: The letter tiles represent the alphabet and are used to create words on the board.

  • Tile Racks: Each player has a tile rack to hold their letter tiles.

  • Scorepad: Used to keep track of each player's score.


  1. Place the game board in the center of the playing area.

  2. Each player chooses a tile rack and takes a set number of letter tiles from the pool (usually seven tiles for each player).

  3. Determine who will start the game.


  1. Starting the Game: The first player places a word on the game board using their letter tiles. This word must be at least two letters long and must intersect with the center square of the board.

  2. Building Words: Players take turns adding letters to the board to create new words. Letters can be placed horizontally or vertically, and they can be stacked on top of existing letters to change the word or create new words.

  3. Scoring: Players score points based on the letters they place and the words they create. The value of each letter is indicated on the tile, and longer words or words with high-value letters score more points.

  4. Challenges: If a player believes that a word placed by another player is not valid, they can challenge it. If the word is not found in the dictionary or is not a valid word, the player who placed the word loses their turn and removes the word from the board.

  5. Drawing New Tiles: After each turn, players replenish their tile racks to maintain a set number of letter tiles (usually seven tiles).

  6. Game End: The game continues until all letter tiles have been used and no more words can be placed on the board, or until players agree to end the game.


  • The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

  • Scores are calculated by adding up the points earned from each word created during the game.


  • Look for opportunities to stack letters on top of existing words to create new words and score more points.

  • Plan ahead and consider the potential for creating longer words or high-scoring words with valuable letters.

  • Pay attention to the words placed by other players and be prepared to challenge invalid words.

Upwords is a challenging and strategic word game that encourages creativity and vocabulary skills. Enjoy the thrill of building words and competing for the highest score!

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