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Ogle: Word-finding game for Windows


Ogle is a free, open source word-finding game for Windows:

Ogle screenshots

I created this app when I was first learning C#. Ogle derives from a tabletop game you've probably played, but the pace is much faster. This version uses Windows Forms, but I'm planning to make a fancier version with WPF when I get some time.

To learn more about the game, have a look at the Ogle help pages.

Ogle solution

Ogle was originally created with C# 3.0, .NET Framework 3.5, and Visual Studio 2008. I have updated the solution to use Visual Studio 2019 and .NET Framework 4.5, but the code hasn't changed much since 2006.

The Ogle solution contains three projects:

  • BtnTime: Implements the 'timer' button used on the Play form.

  • Line: Implements the 'line' control used in several places on the Score form.

  • Ogle: The main Ogle application.

The Ogle project references the Release versions of BtnTime and Line, so you should build that target before Debug.

Several other controls are implemented within the Ctls folder in the Ogle project; these are too specialized to be used outside Ogle, so they do not have their own projects.

All developer-generated code uses Split Notation.

Image resources

Ogle image resources are stored in Ogle\Main.resx. To add or remove resources, edit Ogle\BuildRsc\BuildRsc.cs, then build BuildRsc.exe at the Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt:

csc BuildRsc.cs

Alternatively, modify existing resources referenced by BuildRsc.cs, then:

  1. Update Main.resx by running BuildRsc.exe;

  2. Copy Main.resx to the Ogle folder, replacing the instance already there.

Sound resources

Ogle sound resources are deployed as WAV files in the Sound folder, within the folder containing the executable. The installer draws these and other files from Ogle\bin\Release.

Other run-time files

Along with sound files, the Ogle executable expects to find a number of DLLs and license files in its folder. These are already present in the Ogle/bin/Debug and Ogle/bin/Release folders within the repository.

Lexicon files are expected to be found within the user's Roaming application data folder. To install these:

  1. Create an Ogle folder within %APPDATA%;

  2. Copy the Ogle/Lexicon folder into the new Ogle folder.

Several settings files are also maintained within the Ogle folder, but these are created at run-time.


The installer was built with Inno Setup 5.4.2 Unicode and ISTool Install Inno Setup before installing ISTool.

The Ogle installer project is at Ogle/Install/Ogle.iss. You will see that the installer draws executables, license files, and sound files from the Ogle\bin\Release folder. It copies word files from Ogle\Lexicon.


Ogle has copyright ©2011 Jeremy Kelly. Its use and distribution are subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License

The Ogle word lists derive from SCOWL, copyright ©2000-2004 Kevin Atkinson. Use and distribution of SCOWL are subject to the terms of the SCOWL License:

SCOWL copyright 2000-2004 Kevin Atkinson

Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell these word lists, the associated scripts, the output created from the scripts, and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright notice appears in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. Kevin Atkinson makes no representations about the suitability of this array for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.

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