Are you familiar with haiku? It’s a form of poetry that doesn’t require rhyming, but there are some rules. All poems must be three lines with the first and last lines having five syllables and the middle line having exactly seven.
Haiku Hero turns composing poetry into a fun game. You can click here to go to the site.
If you aren’t familiar with Haiku, you can read the instructions first. I love the soothing Japanese music that greets you when you open the game. When you’re ready to play, just hit the Start button and then choose a level of difficulty. You can play in a Survival mode that makes you compose as many poems as quickly as possible, Deadline, which gives you only five minutes to make as many haikus as possible, or enjoy the relaxing Endless mode and make as many poems as you like. The Endless mode is probably your best choice to start and get a little practice in. Then pick a difficulty level and hit Start.
You’ll be assigned a word to use and you just start typing the line. The game monitors how many syllables you use for each line.
Whan your round is finished, you can check out your work and look at your stats. It’s a relaxing way to have some word fun. And you don’t have to be a wordsmith, all that it keeps track of is syllables.
Note: this game does require that Flash be activated to play.