In each game, 5 words are hidden in the grid, going in any direction (not just straight lines)
One cue is given below the game for the current word (either the reading or the meaning, depending on your setting)
You find the word in the grid by touching the first kanji circle, dragging and releasing on the last kanji circle.
If the kanji circles selected are incorrect (ie not making the target word), the next cue is shown automatically.
If you need another hint, you can press the cue box below and the next hint is revealed (either the reading or the meaning, depending on your setting). If you still don't know, pressing the cue box again shows the actual target word which you can then find in the grid.
Getting a word correct having been shown only the first hint, means the word's completion status goes up one color rating. It's completion status goes down one color rating for each additional cue shown or mistake made. i.e. If one extra cue was shown, the word's completion status goes down one color rating eg from yellow to orange.
The color of the selected circles indicates the current completion status of the word. If the word is now completed, it will go green.
The score is based on word points plus timer points. If you get a word correct from only one cue shown, you get 10 points; if you get a word correct from two cues shown, you get 5 points; if all cues were shown you get 0 points. The points remaining on the timer at the end of the game, if any, are added to the word points to give you your final score.
A high score is shown that is renewed every Sunday so you can challenge yourself to get a weekly high score.
Relaxing koto sounds play as you select kanji circles, playing a chord when a word has been found correctly. These can be turned off (so you can listen to your own choice of music while playing) by tapping the sound icon in the top right-hand corner.
You can set in 'Options' whether to have the kanji or the hiragana reading in the game grid, which provides different challenges. n.b. When hiragana are in the grid, the game board is always 5 x 5, to fit all the words in.