Babble Royale – Basic Guide (Controls, Gameplay, Strategy)

A general overview of the game, including controls and some strategy tips.

Guide to Basics


  • Type letters to fill in your word. Press space or enter to play it.
  • Hold ctrl to see tooltips for hotkeys.


  • Use the mouse to select squares. Click a square again to toggle the cursor direction.
  • Hold the right button to scroll around.


  • This has to be enabled in options, it will disable mouse clicking.
  • Use the arrow keys to move around.
  • Press shift to toggle the cursor direction.
  • Hold alt to scroll around.


  • Score points to level up.
  • Join a word to an opponent to kill them.
  • As the game moves on, the playable shrinks.
  • Being outside the playable area slowly hurts you.
  • Levelling up earns cash, there are also small survival bonuses.
  • Cash only lasts for one game.
  • Cash can be used to unlock inventory slots, tile slots, or speed-up earning new tiles.
  • Powerups can be collected, and have to be played from inventory slots.
  • Using up all of your tiles will refill you to full.
  • If you get stuck there’s an overload button on the right that will blow away nearby grey tiles.
  • You need to have a full rack for the overload button to appear.


This is just stuff I’ve found from a small amount of playing, hope it helps!

  • Hit your overload just before a tile is due to drop, and you won’t be empty for long.
  • If you can make a 2 letter word straight after an overload, you’ll be back to full right away.
  • Upgrading the new tile speed generally works well.
  • Unlocking too many tile slots means you’ll have to wait longer for overloads.
  • The dictionary has quite a few unusual small words in it, so keep an eye out for them.
  • If you’re building near to an opponent, try and make sure you have enough tiles or even an idea of a word to link up before placing the previous word which makes a link possible.
  • Sometimes just hunking down near the middle behind a bunch of blocks is a good play.
  • The hot zone burns quite slowly, and the health-kit heals 50% – this can open up some good navigation options.
  • Small words keep you safer from attack but can get you stuck, longer words give you more options – but your opponents get those options too.

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