The player's goal is of course, to find the words hidden in the letter grid, and circle each of these words. Often players will be told exactly what words to look for, but in more difficult puzzles, the designer may simply give the player a hint as to the type or subject matter of the words (for example, "countries in Europe").
Word search puzzles are grids of letters arranged in rows and columns. At first glance they appear to be a completely random mishmash of letters, but if you look closely you can see within the grid that there are hidden words. The words may be placed horizontally (either left to right or right to left), vertically (upwards or downwards) or diagonally. The goal of the puzzle is to find the words hidden within the grid. Many people find these puzzles to be an interesting diversion, and you will often see this type of puzzle printed in magazines or newspapers. But it's not only adults who may enjoy these puzzles _ many children like solving them too.