It is possible to play word games and puzzles online: cross words, word searches, and others (Spellbound, Word Fission and Typing Speed). WordGames.com, Shockwave.com and Games.Yahoo.com all offer online word games. Other types of word games and puzzles include vocabulary tests, riddles, and scrambled-letter games.
Featured online play sites offer categories for game searches, user statistics, star ratings, and player reviews. Some games can be sorted by date release or by popularity.
The first crossword puzzle was written in 1913, long before the days of web-based games. This early game is still available online, and with hints and more modern features.