The object of boggle
is to find as many words as
possible on the Boggle board within the three minute time limit. A Boggle
board is a four by four arrangement of Boggle cubes, each side of each cube
displaying a letter of the alphabet or `qu'. Words are formed by finding a
sequence of cubes (letters) that are in the game's dictionary. The (N+1)th
cube in the word must be horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent to
the Nth cube. Cubes cannot be reused. Words consist solely of lower case
letters and must be at least 3 letters long.
Command line flags can be given to change the rules of the game.
- Run boggle in batch mode. A
boardspec must also be given. The
dictionary is read from stdin and a list of words appearing in
boardspec is printed to stdout.
- Enable debugging output.
- Specify a seed seed other
than the time of day.
- Set the time limit for each game from the default 3 minutes
to time seconds.
- Change the minimum word length from 3 letters to
- This flag allows a cube to be used multiple times, but not
- This flag allows the same cubes to be considered adjacent
- A starting board position can be specified on the command
line by listing the board left to right and top to bottom.
Help is available during play by typing
’. More detailed information on
the game is given there.
If there are a great many words in the cube the final display of the words may
scroll off of the screen. (On a 25 line screen about 130 words can be
No word can contain a ‘q’ that is not immediately followed by a
When using the +
options the display of words found in the
board doesn't indicate reused cubes.
Boggle is a trademark of Parker Brothers.
Dept. of Computer Science
University of British Columbia