How to Make a Word Scramble Game in HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript

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In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create a Word Scramble Game using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. The complete source code of this JavaScript Word Scramble Game is given below.

JavaScript Word Scramble Game Source Code

index.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" dir="ltr">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Word Scramble Game</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <script src="js/words.js" defer></script>
    <script src="js/script.js" defer></script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="container">
        <h2>Word Scramble</h2>
        <div class="content">
            <p class="word"></p>
            <div class="details">
                <p class="hint">Hint: <span></span></p>
                <p class="time">Time Left: <span><b>30</b>s</span></p>
            </div>
            <input type="text" spellcheck="false" placeholder="Enter a valid word">
            <div class="buttons">
                <button class="refresh-word">Refresh Word</button>
                <button class="check-word">Check Word</button>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

style.css

/* Import Google font - Poppins */
@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Poppins:[email protected];500;600&display=swap');
*{
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  font-family: 'Poppins', sans-serif;
}
body{
  display: flex;
  padding: 0 10px;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  min-height: 100vh;
  background: #5372F0;
}
.container{
  width: 440px;
  border-radius: 7px;
  background: #fff;
  box-shadow: 0 10px 20px rgba(0,0,0,0.08);
}
.container h2{
  font-size: 25px;
  font-weight: 500;
  padding: 16px 25px;
  border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
}
.container .content{
  margin: 25px 20px 35px;
}
.content .word{
  user-select: none;
  font-size: 33px;
  font-weight: 500;
  text-align: center;
  letter-spacing: 24px;
  margin-right: -24px;
  word-break: break-all;
  text-transform: uppercase;
}
.content .details{
  margin: 25px 0 20px;
}
.details p{
  font-size: 18px;
  margin-bottom: 10px;
}
.details p b{
  font-weight: 500;
}
.content input{
  width: 100%;
  height: 60px;
  outline: none;
  padding: 0 16px;
  font-size: 18px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  border: 1px solid #bfbfbf;
}
.content input:focus{
  box-shadow: 0px 2px 4px rgba(0,0,0,0.08);
}
.content input::placeholder{
  color: #aaa;
}
.content input:focus::placeholder{
  color: #bfbfbf;
}
.content .buttons{
  display: flex;
  margin-top: 20px;
  justify-content: space-between;
}
.buttons button{
  border: none;
  outline: none;
  color: #fff;
  cursor: pointer;
  padding: 15px 0;
  font-size: 17px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  width: calc(100% / 2 - 8px);
  transition: all 0.3s ease;
}
.buttons button:active{
  transform: scale(0.97);
}
.buttons .refresh-word{
  background: #6C757D;
}
.buttons .refresh-word:hover{
  background: #5f666d;
}
.buttons .check-word{
  background: #5372F0;
}
.buttons .check-word:hover{
  background: #2c52ed;
}

@media screen and (max-width: 470px) {
  .container h2{
    font-size: 22px;
    padding: 13px 20px;
  }
  .content .word{
    font-size: 30px;
    letter-spacing: 20px;
    margin-right: -20px;
  }
  .container .content{
    margin: 20px 20px 30px;
  }
  .details p{
    font-size: 16px;
    margin-bottom: 8px;
  }
  .content input{
    height: 55px;
    font-size: 17px;
  }
  .buttons button{
    padding: 14px 0;
    font-size: 16px;
    width: calc(100% / 2 - 7px);
  }
}

js/words.js

let words = [
    {
        word: "addition",
        hint: "The process of adding numbers"
    },
    {
        word: "meeting",
        hint: "Event in which people come together"
    },
    {
        word: "number",
        hint: "Math symbol used for counting"
    },
    {
        word: "exchange",
        hint: "The act of trading"
    },
    {
        word: "canvas",
        hint: "Piece of fabric for oil painting"
    },
    {
        word: "garden",
        hint: "Space for planting flower and plant"
    },
    {
        word: "position",
        hint: "Location of someone or something"
    },
    {
        word: "feather",
        hint: "Hair like outer covering of bird"
    },
    {
        word: "comfort",
        hint: "A pleasant feeling of relaxation"
    },
    {
        word: "tongue",
        hint: "The muscular organ of mouth"
    },
    {
        word: "expansion",
        hint: "The process of increase or grow"
    },
    {
        word: "country",
        hint: "A politically identified region"
    },
    {
        word: "group",
        hint: "A number of objects or persons"
    },
    {
        word: "taste",
        hint: "Ability of tongue to detect flavour"
    },
    {
        word: "store",
        hint: "Large shop where goods are traded"
    },
    {
        word: "field",
        hint: "Area of land for farming activities"
    },
    {
        word: "friend",
        hint: "Person other than a family member"
    },
    {
        word: "pocket",
        hint: "A bag for carrying small items"
    },
    {
        word: "needle",
        hint: "A thin and sharp metal pin"
    },
    {
        word: "expert",
        hint: "Person with extensive knowledge"
    },
    {
        word: "statement",
        hint: "A declaration of something"
    },
    {
        word: "second",
        hint: "One-sixtieth of a minute"
    },
    {
        word: "library",
        hint: "Place containing collection of books"
    },
]

js/script.js

const wordText = document.querySelector(".word"),
hintText = document.querySelector(".hint span"),
timeText = document.querySelector(".time b"),
inputField = document.querySelector("input"),
refreshBtn = document.querySelector(".refresh-word"),
checkBtn = document.querySelector(".check-word");

let correctWord, timer;

const initTimer = maxTime => {
    clearInterval(timer);
    timer = setInterval(() => {
        if(maxTime > 0) {
            maxTime--;
            return timeText.innerText = maxTime;
        }
        alert(`Time off! ${correctWord.toUpperCase()} was the correct word`);
        initGame();
    }, 1000);
}

const initGame = () => {
    initTimer(30);
    let randomObj = words[Math.floor(Math.random() * words.length)];
    let wordArray = randomObj.word.split("");
    for (let i = wordArray.length - 1; i > 0; i--) {
        let j = Math.floor(Math.random() * (i + 1));
        [wordArray[i], wordArray[j]] = [wordArray[j], wordArray[i]];
    }
    wordText.innerText = wordArray.join("");
    hintText.innerText = randomObj.hint;
    correctWord = randomObj.word.toLowerCase();;
    inputField.value = "";
    inputField.setAttribute("maxlength", correctWord.length);
}
initGame();

const checkWord = () => {
    let userWord = inputField.value.toLowerCase();
    if(!userWord) return alert("Please enter the word to check!");
    if(userWord !== correctWord) return alert(`Oops! ${userWord} is not a correct word`);
    alert(`Congrats! ${correctWord.toUpperCase()} is the correct word`);
    initGame();
}

refreshBtn.addEventListener("click", initGame);
checkBtn.addEventListener("click", checkWord);
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