At their core, games are meant to be fun. But just because games are fun, doesn’t mean that they can’t be helpful tools. Games have the potential to educate, to connect, and to rehabilitate. We’ve compiled a short list of free games online to consider for people with aphasia, their caregivers, and their friends.
Wordle is a relatively new word game that has swept the nation. Maybe you’ve seen posts on websites like Twitter or Facebook featuring rows of yellow, gray, and green boxes. Those boxes are simple visual representations of one’s Wordle score.
Every 24 hours, the Wordle website updates, allowing visitors to guess the five-letter word of the day in six tries or fewer. If you have the right letter in the right spot, that letter will show up green, giving you a valuable clue for your next guess. Yellow means you have a letter that exists in the word, but that it’s located in the wrong spot. And gray means that the letter is not present in the word of the day. Use these clues and process of elimination to guess the Wordle each day.
The Metagame is a social game that sparks conversations. Its “History 101” game mode is straightforward enough. All you have to do is draw cards that depict various historical events and place them in the correct chronological order. The folks over at Aphasia Games for Health even adopted the game to make an aphasia friendly version. While this game doesn’t take place online, you can download it for free from Aphasia Games for health.
7 Little Words
The free-to-play 7 Little Words is a fun word game that’s easy to learn. The game consists of seven clues to build seven words. Players choose from a bank of letters, and when combined, they spell out the words behind the clues. For example, a clue might say “a place to watch movies.” You’d simply select the right pieces of the word from the bank to assemble the word in order: the + at + er. It’s a fun and engaging way to interact with vocabulary.
Words with Friends
Words with Friends is one of the most popular mobile games of all time. The game is reminiscent of the classic game Scrabble, with just a few differences. It’s a two-player game, where each player is dealt seven random letter tiles. Players take turns placing their tiles on the board to form words for points. This mobile game allows you to connect to the internet and play against friends around the world at your own pace.
Do you have a favorite word game? Let us know in the comments below!
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