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GOALS | RULES | CONTROLS | WORD SOLVING | SCORING | STRATEGY

Game Goals

Guess the hidden word in this top-rated original game show from GSN - The Network for Games! Use letter clues to correctly guess words, but whatever you do, don't let the timer run out!

Game Rules

Each game of LINGO consists of six rounds of play; five Initial Rounds and a sixth Lightning Round.

In the first five Initial Rounds you must correctly guess incomplete 5-letter words, your only clue being the first letter of the target word. To advance to the sixty-second Lightning Round, you must complete the first five rounds before the 5-minute time limit expires, so think fast!

In the Lighting Round, you must solve a series of 6-letter words. You will have 60 seconds to correctly guess as many 6-letter words as you can before time runs out. (Note: The same rules apply for the Lightning Round that applied to the previous five rounds.)

Game Controls

Use the keyboard letters to enter your guesses for each word.

Use the ENTER or RETURN key to submit your guess.

Use the BACKSPACE button to delete the letter entered.

Word Solving

A letter in a RED SQUARE indicates that a correctly-guessed letter is in its correct position in the word (like the hint letter that appears at the beginning of each round).

A letter in a YELLOW CIRCLE indicates a letter that appears in the word, but is not in its correct position.

In order to receive these hints, you must enter a valid word. Non-existent/made-up words will receive no hints.

Non-existent/made-up words will count as a guess, and your word score will drop as a result.

All guesses MUST begin with the first letter of the word that is provided to you.

If you make 10 incorrect attempts the game will immediately end.

Game Scoring

During the five Initial Rounds all words start with a maximum bases value of 1,000 points. If you answer correctly on the first line you will receive the full 1,000 points. In addition, you will receive an Initial Round 'Time Bonus' (see below). The maximum base value you can earn for each round decreases in value by 100 points after each incorrect guess.

An Initial Round Time Bonus is awarded for each round when you solve the word in less than one minute and 40 seconds. The Time Bonus is displayed to the upper-right of the game board. The Time Bonus starts at 500 points and decreases by five points every second. You can still solve the word after the Time Bonus reaches zero (0), but no bonus will be awarded.

During the Lighting Round all words start with a maximum bases value of 1,000 points. If you answer correctly on the first line you will receive the full 1,000 points. The maximum base value you can earn for each successfully guessed word decreases in value by 100 points after each incorrect guess. Note - there is no Time Bonus during the Lighting Round

Game Strategy

  • Guess words that start with the target word's first letter but contain different vowels and consonants. This will help you to narrow down your letter choices.
  • Make sure you guess actual words. Invalid words will not give letter hints but will still count as a guess.
  • Move quickly! Guessing words in less time offers a significantly higher time bonus!

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