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Bookworm is a word puzzle game released in 2003 by PopCap Games. The object of the game is to feed Lex the Bookworm by creating words with adjacent tiles on a board, which gives you points based on the length and which letters not unlike Scrabble. Making small and/or low scoring words causes flaming tiles to appear which if left unused will eventually destroy the board and end the game while making large words causes special, high scoring tiles to appear. It has been released on several platforms (each version varying in small ways) throughout the years with the latest release on the Nintendo 3DS (2011) and was successful enough to get a Spiritual Successor with Bookworm Adventures.


Tropes found in Bookworm include:

  • Cap: According to the Pop Cap website, the largest score attainable in the original PC version is 2,140,000,000. This is because the game cannot correctly interpret numbers higher than that. Should someone obtain a score higher than the cap (extremely unlikely), the score would become the opposite of the score i.e. negative.
  • Civilized Animal: The very proper Lex.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: This being a Casual Video Game, it's not uncommon.
  • Picky Eater: Lex will only choose to eat scraps of paper that have a single word on them.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Lex of course.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The whole point of the game is to get into this way of speaking so as to score higher. In Bookworm Adventures, Lex himself speaks in this.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Lex. He's a regular old bookworm who is able to tell if the paper he eats has letters on it and if said letters form words. As a result, he chooses to only eats words.
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  • Too Awesome to Use: Diamond tiles. They are the most valuable type of tile and are worth a buttload of points and worth so much more when used in large words. This makes it very difficult to feel justified in using them when a better combo could've been achieved.

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