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I have a confession to make: I'm a terrible speller. I know what you're thinking, "how can someone who writes for a living be bad at spelling?" Honestly, if it wasn't for spellcheck, I probably wouldn't have this job right now. So, thanks for spellcheck, um, spellcheck inventor!

Considering how many times a day Chrome has to correct stupid spelling mistakes (like mine), I think Google realized an intervention was due. It was time for someone to step in and help me and the rest of the country with our spelling quandaries. Since people generally pretty much like fun, a game makes the most sense. Spell Up was born.

This is really just another one of those quirky little Chrome experiments that Google has been cooking up lately, and it works on all devices that are capable of running the Chrome browser. The concept is stupid-simple: spell words with your voice to stack the tower of words as high as possible. Check it out:

Simple enough, right? Yeah. Unless you can't spell. Also, each letter has to be spoken and detected individually, so it's kind of tedious. And if you're in an area with a noisy background, kiss this game goodbye. But really, it's about doing something fun and unique with Chrome, all while helping people become better spellers. And it's probably great for kids, so it gives you an excuse to finally get your little one an Android tablet.

See, these things can be fun and edukashunal.

Thanks, Google!

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Spell Up; Google Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • remister

    I am not going to hate, but you should post some of the samples of what you type out without spell check. =]

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Pffff, not gonna happen. ;)

      • remister

        FYI then:
        Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.

  • Mayoo

    Anything to avoid this in the future

    • fireworksordie

      funny, but you can clearly see where the AN was moved over the G

  • Harsha

    It asks me to download Google Chrome stable when trying it on beta 😕

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Weird. I tested it on beta and it worked just fine.

      • uthark

        It doesn't work for me for stable Google Chrome on Android. Asks to download Google Chrome on Android. Nexus 4, stock Android 4.4.2

      • Matthew Fry

        Interestingly, trying it via desktop it wouldn't load because of my flashblock chrome extension. If it's flash, it certainly won't work in Chrome mobile.

  • solbin

    You CAN use the keyboard in the chrome version of the game.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    3 concerns:
    - terribly slow (I wanna spell C - A - R, not C ................... A ............./zZzZz/.........R)
    - a bug: once you guess a mystery word, the next one is out of sync with game (it asks you to pronounce the same that was the mystery word, but expects you to answer the next one, which it did not ask for)
    - when you close the tab in the middle of the game, without properly ending the game, you can't get rid of the "accessing your microphone" notification, you need to kill Chrome

    • Morten Ulveseth

      Yeah, the huuuuge delay between each letter makes the whole thing useless. Maybe they'll fix it, but it'll have to be fluent.

  • SlutMagnet

    It says that it also works on mobile, how would one play this intriguing game on an Android phone?

  • tmartin

    Can't understand anything she says.

  • Lexy

    The game is fun. I am, however, not a bad speller. This game lags quite a bit. The keyboard symbol covers my "L" so it's hard to type any word containing an "L". And the "Q" is also blocked by power-ups. Luckily, my game keeps stalling before I get a "Q" word. I am on expert and using and iPhone. The computer is occasionally hard to understand, but defining the word makes it understandable.
    Otherwise, the game is great.