Minigame Guides: Soupwords

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky here guest-writing for you today! Many people refer to me as “The Master of Soupwords,” so I thought I’d share some advice for mastering the game! And if you don’t know how the game works, your goal is to find as many words as possible by clicking on letters that are connected horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

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I wasn’t always good at Soupwords. I win 99.99% of the time now, but it was more of a 3% when I first started playing! I may have a total of a few thousand wins, but I also have 87 losses. My biggest strategy is simply just practice. As a Poptropica player since 2008, I learned the hard way in this game, as I lost most of my early battles. But if you want to practice without all the loses added to your game stats that come with being a new Soupwords player, then here’s what I recommend:

First, make another Poptropican. Then log into both the new account, and your main account in separate tabs on your internet browser. Then create a multiverse room, and battle against the other Poptropican you created. Of course, you could just practice against other people in a common room like I did, but that’s just something I thought of recently in case you don’t want all those “new player loses.” You can also practice by playing other similar games outside of Poptropica.

Now, for some strategies!

1. Rearrange your words.

Some words can be rearranged, or written backwards to make new words. If you find the word “won,” you can also spell it backwards and get the words “now.” Also, pay close attention to groups of letters, and see how many combinations you can actually make. For example, here’s common arrangement of letters:

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2. Go for the big words.

In Soupwords, you will receive double the amount of points for each word as there are letters. So if you find a 3 letter word, you get 6 points. Sometimes, I notice a lot of different words at once. When this happens, always go for the longest ones first, especially  if you are running out of time.

3. Don’t worry about the other player!

You may see your opponent entering in lots of words at a really fast rate. But don’t let that distract you! Not only will that waste your time, but it will also make you nervous, which makes it harder to concentrate. Lots of times, half of them aren’t even real words anyway! So just don’t worry about it.

4. Don’t put in names!

Unless it happens to also be a regular word, most names are not in the Soupwords dictionary. Don’t waste time entering in a name like “Joe” or “Jane.”

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5. Think about your guesses.

Sometimes when there aren’t many word combinations, you need to guess a little. Don’t guess things like “ntxa” because that’s obviously not a word. Make a decent guess by trying 3 letter word combinations with 1 vowel in the middle. They actually work at times, and you have a better chance with a guess like that than a combination of just vowels or just consonants. Also try 2 letter words. Some things that you wouldn’t expect to count actually do, such as “ti” or “fa.”

6. Know any other languages?

Soupwords only counts English words, but sometimes when you’re at the point of just guessing, this works pretty well. If you can’t find any more words, but you see something in another language, just put it in! This actually worked for me a few times recently. I see French words in Soupwords all the time, but I ignore them knowing that the game is in English only. But many words are spelled the same in different languages, even if they mean something completely different.

For example, I couldn’t find any more words one time and entered in the word “dire,” which means to “say” in French. I forgot that it was a word in English since I don’t say it often, but it counted of course, since it is. You may be forgetting about a word in English, but remember a word with the same spelling in another language you speak. This doesn’t always work, but it has helped me a few times and I would definitely recommend it when you’re at the point of just random guessing.

7. Pay attention when the scores are being counted.

Look at all the words your opponent got points for. There might be some words that you didn’t know of that you could use next time.

Well, that’s all for my Soupwords guide. I hope this helped! And I’d like to thank Lucky Joker for inviting me to write this guest post!

-Perfect Sky