The first published wordsearch appeared in 1968 and, since then, the puzzle has soared in popularity to become possibly the most-played puzzle in recent times. The objective is simple – find all of the listed words in a grid of letters. The words may be placed horizontally, vertically or diagonally and the puzzles often have a theme to which all of the words are related.

There are a number of variations on the standard wordsearch, such as different shaped grids; finding the word or words related to the puzzle theme not included within the grid; or using the unused letters to form another word or secret message. However, regular wordsearch puzzles are most popular.

Find out more about wordsearch in our Puzzles A-Z

Like wordsearch?
You should try Pathfinder, where you trace letters through a path in a grid, or Kriss Kross, where you have to place all of the listed words into their correct places in a grid. We think you’d enjoy both!

Also Known As:

Find-A-Word, Hide And Seek, Hide 'n' Seek, Search Me

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Online Wordsearch

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Wordsearch Apps

Our Wordsearch Puzzler app is great for all wordsearch fans. It’s available for free on iOS, Android and Kindle.

Wordsearch is also one of the five great word games that make up our free Puzzler app for iOS.

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Wordsearch Magazines

As you’d expect of one of the most played puzzles across the globe, wordsearch has a number of dedicated Puzzler titles:

Wordsearch Books, Printables and Other Products

If you’re looking for other ways to get your fill of wordsearch puzzles, we have a range of books, bundles and printables that may be of interest: