Brain Swaggle is an interactive game that combines Scrabble and chess, making for an online game thatâ€™s strategic and stimulating, said Downing, the gameâ€™s creator, who is from Cortland.
â€œI thought that it would be cool if somehow a game could be created combining the strategy of chess with the vocabulary skills needed for Scrabble,â€ Downing said. â€œItâ€™s kind of like sparring with letters.â€
Downing said the game is played online. Currently the only option is to play against a computer challenger.
Each player takes turns picking a letter to spell a word, Downing said.
â€œYou can choose how long you have on each turn â€” 15, 30 or 60 seconds,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s really tough to plan ahead because as soon as the computer makes its move you might have to rethink your word.â€