Crossword Puzzle Games!
If you know much about me, then you know that crossword
games like ScrabbleTM and Clabbers
are some of my favorite passtimes. Here are some utility
programs to help your play.
The Scrabble Companion
Set up your board however you like it, set your tiles,
and let the computer intelligently suggest your best
moves. Great for creating or solving Scrabble-style
puzzles, and a fun way to refine your game.
Uses the default ENABLE word list; versions using
SOWPODS or my own RIDYHEW may be made available on request
(please post in the forums if you want me to prepare them.)
Source code (C++) is available, and for the most part this is
portable. It's a console application that uses some
fancy conio functions (cursor position and coloring text,)
so you may need to port to your own conio/curses library
if your system does not offer similar functionality.
The source is a bit old, but should be fairly readable. It
was not written with the idea that it would one day be distributed, unfortunately.
Built binaries are available for the DOS/Win32 platform. Yes,
this should technically run under MS-DOS on an old 386, but
you should have better than that if you're viewing this
Clabbers Game For DOS/Win9x
This is a binary-only distribution. As far as I know this is the only
implementation of the game of Clabbers available anywhere. (In case you were wondering,
Clabbers is played exactly like Scrabble, only you can lay down any combination
of tiles which can be anagrammed into a valid word, as opposed to laying down valid words only.)
It should also play the original game as well. I've never seen a good implementation
of Scrabble for DOS, so here you go, about eight years too late. This should run under Win9x or WinME, however
it probably won't run under Windows NT or Windows XP. You have better games to play, anyway.