Updated: 2021/Apr/14

BOGGLE(6)                        Games Manual                        BOGGLE(6)

     boggle - word search game

     boggle [-bd] [-s seed] [-t time] [-w length] [+ [+]] [boardspec]

     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.

     -b         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.

     -d         Enable debugging output.

     -s seed    Specify a seed seed other than the time of day.

     -t time    Set the time limit for each game from the default 3 minutes to
                time seconds.

     -w length  Change the minimum word length from 3 letters to length.

     +          This flag allows a cube to be used multiple times, but not in

     ++         This flag allows the same cubes to be considered adjacent to

     boardspec  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.

     Boggle is a trademark of Parker Brothers.

     Barry Brachman

     Dept. of Computer Science

     University of British Columbia

     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 displayed.)

     No word can contain a `q' that is not immediately followed by a `u'.

     When using the + or ++ options the display of words found in the board
     doesn't indicate reused cubes.

     The dictionary that NetBSD installs omits many words that belong in the
     English language, most notably inflected forms.

NetBSD 9.99                   September 23, 2006                   NetBSD 9.99