When playing Word Circus, the players build up their vocabulary and have the opportunity to practice their reading skills.
During the game, the players are presented with different words – either just in written form or in written form with the word being read out to them.
The players’ task is, as fast as possible, to find the image that depicts this word among the eight images that they can choose from. This will earn them points. The first player to reach 100 points wins the game.
The faster the players pick the correct image, the more points they will receive, but if they choose one of the incorrect images, they will not receive any points in that round. As a help to the players, the game will automatically remove the wrong images one at a time until the players make their pick.
Once a player has picked one of the images, this image is turned over so the other players cannot see which image this player has picked. Only when all players have picked an image, the chosen cards of each player are shown.
Players who have picked the correct image receive points and a new word and a new set of images appear. The number of points that each player has collected is displayed just above the players’ play area. Once a player has reached 100 points, this player has won and the game is over.
If the players are lucky, they will occasionally find cannonballs behind some of their images. If a player manages to drag such a cannonball to one of the free slots next to the area with the images before the cannonball disappears, the player can use it to shoot at one of the opponents. By dragging a cannonball from the slot to one of the three cannons, this cannon will then shoot the cannonball at the opponent who is located in the direction that the cannon is pointing. When doing so, the opponent’s images will begin to rotate making it more difficult for the opponent to make out what is depicted on the images.