JetPunk Daily Word Search - Follow-up
First published: Monday February 21st, 2022
Today we look at how JetPunk's newest minigame has performed over its first 3 weeks, and more importantly we're looking for feedback from the community on it.
Recap of JetPunk's Daily Word Search
In case you've been living under a rock for 3 weeks, let me recap on what this is all about.
Three weeks ago we introduced a brand new minigame, this provided a word search puzzle that was the same for everybody. A new puzzle is available every single day, hand crafted by yours truly. Each day comes with a different theme, they are:
|Monday||"Easy Monday" - smaller grids, easier words, nothing backwards (may have a theme sometimes)|
|Tuesday||"Countries Tuesday" - only countries of the world in the grid|
|Wednesday||"Wordy Wednesday" - random words with no semantic theme|
|Thursday||"Capitals Thursday" - only capitals of countries in the grid|
|Friday||"Fresh Friday" - a brand new theme each friday, never repeated (within the past 6 months)|
|Saturday||"Hidden Saturday" - countries in the grid, but no word list and no number of words to find, you have to click "Done?" when you think you've found them all|
|Sunday||"Cryptic Sunday" - instead of words we provide clues to the words, in a twist of Crossword meets Word Search|
Now I'll show you an example:
JetPunk Word Search #1
Below you can see puzzles #2, #5 and #6.
The first showcases how the dragging motion words, with some examples of the words present that day.
The second shows what Saturday's looks like, as you can see there is a green "Done?" button which indicates you need to submit your score when you think you've found all the words.
The last image shows how clues work on a Sunday, specifically that the clues provide a cryptic clue, the length of the word and also cross themselves out when you find the word.
Word Search Stats
Now we've gone over the basics, let's take a look at the stats!
First and foremost, something unrelated to Word Search, but the prominent placing of the Dark Mode option on Word Search has resulted in Dark Mode usage doubling in the past month! This is measured by quizzes taken by day using Dark Mode, which is now up to 2.8% average.
Next, some quickfire stats!
- All 21 word searches have been played over 45,000 times in total so far.
- Currently, logged-in users represent 68.1% of all takes.
- 84.2% of all takes were submitted before the end of the day.
- Over 13,000 unique people have played a single word search.
- So far 74 people have completed the word search every single day.
- Over 2,000 people have played at least 7 word searches.
- Last week 17,000 takes accrued, 570 people played all 7 word searches, and 7,000 people played at least 1.
- The first person to complete the word search each day has been a different person every single day, except overtired, who has managed to be the first person twice!
- The hardest word search so far was #13 (a Sunday) where only 61% of people completed the grid.
- The most-taken word search so far was #15 with over 2,800 takes!
Alright that's probably enough quickfire stats for today.
The Current Themes
So, here's my thoughts on the current themes. So far, the unique themes have been quite varied, and I've been quite proud of them. So far we've had:
#4 - Red Things
#11 - Musical Instruments
#14 - Valentine's Day
#16 - 4 letter words
#18 - Outer Space
#21 - Palindromes
I have received very positive feedback from others that they enjoy these unique themes, as they switch it up and give something fresh for the user.
Then we get to the weekly themes, it is clear that the most popular (by takes) is Countries Tuesday, followed by Wordy Wednesday. Capitals Thursday and Easy Monday follow close behind those. However, takes are not necessarily the best indicator, as some have mentioned that they find midweek "boring" or "easy", despite my attempts to switch up the difficultly and the themes a bit. This is where I am looking for community feedback the most, whilst remembering that you, as a JetPunker, are "above average" when it comes to ability.
In fact, in the very early days of Word Search (on the easiest one we had) I had some users complain at me very vocally that Word Search was a waste of space because they were far too easy and completely boring.
What they didn't realise is that it was Easy Monday, it's in the name! Plus, they were a hardcore JetPunker and so likely found these puzzles much easier than the general public.
Anyway, for weekday puzzles, the suggestion I would be making is to change Capitals Thursday to simply "Geography Thursday", this allows for more general extrapolation, for example to use U.S. States, State Capitals, English Counties, Lakes, Rivers etc...
Now we get to the weekend. After ironing out the minor kinks in the first couple weeks, it seems many really enjoy the challenge of a Saturday, despite the stress it induces if you're not sure you've found them all. I was wondering if there's any appetite to change the behaviour here, I've already modified it so you now see where missing words were after you submit, but is that enough?
Finally that brings us to Sunday, which appears to be many people's favourite day of the week. The challenge of getting clues instead of words adds another dimension, especially when additional words are snuck into the grid, despite not being the answers to any clues!
Feedback, Suggestions, Improvements
Finally, this is where you come in!
Please let me know below of any feedback (good or bad), suggestions or improvements you have for Word Search. I will note though, there is no guarantee your suggestions will be implemented, but I will respond to anything serious with reasons why I think it should / should not be done.
Remember that, even if you have no suggestions, positive feedback is very welcome! Often people only mentions "problems" or "suggestions" and it skews the overall feedback because positive feedback is often unspoken.
Some suggestions which are impossible due to the way Word Search is set up right now, so please don't suggest them:
- The ability to "replay" the current day's word search.
- The ability to play previous day's word searches.
- User-created word searches.
- Live competitions.
- A "timer" of any sorts, since we can't track time between sessions on the same word search.
Some suggestions which will not happen, not due to technical reasons:
- Comments on the word search page.