WordWhile 9+

Great literature. Know it‪?‬

Gregory McDonald

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 153 Ratings
    • Free



Nursery rhymes, tongue twisters, proverbs, great prose and poetry. These timeless texts are missing words. Tap the author's word and feel clever. Don’t know it? Don’t sweat it! Our ”Wrong answers” are usually pretty funny. Now you can even add your own!

Nearly 5,000 timeless words in 50 playable texts with over 1,500 missing words and 15,000 hand-crafted Novel alternatives to select...or avoid.

* RELAX in Zen Mode or THRILL to Timed Mode
* LAUGH at the Silly solutions
* REFLECT on the Tricky ones and the source texts
* CREATE custom solutions
* READ the original texts
* SAVE your completed texts however you filled those gaps
* REVIEW your saved versions
* COMPARE your solution to the author's
* ADMIRE the classy Victorian styling
* ENJOY a growing collection of playable texts (see below)


* DISCOVER classic texts playfully with your kids
* GIGGLE at the puns, crazy rhymes, category errors,...
* GROW from ACCESSIBLE texts like proverbs and nursery rhymes to literary gems from Shakespeare, Dickens, Byron, Wordsworth and more
* BOOKISH KIDS love it, even if (especially because?) it’s not “made for kids”


* Unlimited player profiles on the same device
* No ads or in-app purchases
* Works offline
* No links or sharing outside the app


* Think you know these texts cold? Try picking the _wrong_ Tricky word on purpose every time with a time limit. We call that 100% Novel. It can be brutal!
* Have you got the endurance to complete the Virtuoso Race on “Once more unto the breach”? How about the “Major-General’s Song”?
* Achievements for all modes of play, text collections and challenge categories. How many can you earn?

WARNING: possible side effects of playing WordWhile include: increased vocabulary, improved memory, greater familiarity with literary classics, learning poems and famous speeches by heart...and laughter. The WordWhile Editorial Team assumes no responsibility for any learning incurred as a result of playing WordWhile...but the laughing is entirely our fault.


The collection of playable texts is growing and any new texts will come to you as free updates. That is worth repeating: when WordWhile gets an update, take a look at "What's New". There are always new texts to try.

1) “Proverbs”: over 40 well-known proverbs divided into eight playable texts

2) “Shakespeare: Speeches and Sonnets”: "To be or not to be", "O Romeo", "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" and five others

3) "Children's Classics" --- 8 nursery rhymes, tongue twisters and several "Poems Every Child Should Know" including "Jabberwocky" (ADDED September 2017)

4) "Pickin's from Dickens": "Please, sir, I want some more", "It was the best of times", and 10 more (ADDED September 2017)

5) "Selected Poems": "How do I love thee", "She walks in beauty", "Death, be not proud" and 5 more (ADDED Winter 2017)

6) "Love, sweet love": "Roses are red", quotes from Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night", Hamlet's love letter to Ophelia, Hugo, Austen, Burns (8 texts, ADDED Valentine's Day 2018)

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Correcting a few typos and pesky bugs pointed out by my longtime friend CD—stout fellow!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

DDN2 ,

So Fun!

As an English major with a love of Mad Libs and silly jokes, this game couldn’t be more up my alley. I can quiz myself on classic texts, read and remember things I haven’t read in a long time, and let my kids play along with me and learn some of these texts. Plus, I can make up silly versions and then read them aloud in funny voices until my daughters roll their eyes at me and that’s worth the price of the game all on its own.

I would love to see some more classic children’s lit (Anne of Green Gables, Secret Garden, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, etc.) and maybe some really tough challenges (a little Gertrude Stein?) It would also be cool to play with more plays than just Shakespeare’s. Marlowe, Shaw, Chekov, Ibsen, Strindberg—all would be great!

Thanks for the great game!

elannae ,

A novel word game involving famous texts.

How fun! I have done about 10 of these so far. They start easy. It is very satisfying to discover that I do remember some of the Shakespeare I used to memorize because I was so in awe of him. But then they start to get harder. But it’s okay because even the “wrong” answers are fun. I just go back and redo until I’m satisfied with my percentage of “right” answers. There are a whole bunch of achievements to work toward, including things like getting every answer “wrong”, which I suspect is hard to do.
I love word games but sometimes I get tired of the same sorts of games showing up in the apple store. What a rare and pleasant surprise to find one that is unlike any other that I’ve found.

Developer Response ,

Your review just made my day! Thank-you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts about WordWhile. You've probably realized this but I wanted to point out that you can set your "playlist" of texts in the "Choose & Peruse" section. For example, if you wanted to focus on the achievements for texts in "Pickin's from Dickens" ("Dabbling in Dickens", "Please, sir, more speed!", "It was the beat of tines", "Snacks everywhere", "Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace"), you could check just that collection.

I'm glad you like the "wrong" or "Novel" answers. The ones in Silly mode are certainly meant to be fun. If you decide to give playing for maximum Novelty a try, be sure to replay the same text several times as there are often as many as 10 different Novel answers for every missing word. Some of the combinations are especially funny, if I say so myself.

Again, I can't tell you how much it means to me to read your review. Thank-you and enjoy discovering the other texts. All the best, Greg

NotoriousB.O.B. ,

A Pleasant and Relaxing Game

I just downloaded the game and played it for the first time, and after a bit of a slow start, I found it to be very pleasant and stimulating. The slow start was probably necessary to bring the new player up to speed, and all things considered, it worked well enough and was fine. I love Shakespeare and interacting with his work was as enjoyable as I'd imagined it would be. To the developer of this game I would like to say thank you. I know how much resistance pops up in response to creative ideas that are coupled with real and meaningful areas of understanding and intellectual works that are worth learning and knowing. You have accomplished a rare and wonderful thing. RP Wilson

Developer Response ,

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to share these words of encouragement and support. Your particular fondness for Shakespeare has been noted! The Valentine's Day update will include Hamlet's love letter to Ophelia (and seven other love-themed texts). I've streamlined the Tutorial and made custom profiles optional to help players get off to a faster start. Thanks again for the feedback.

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