Word game aficionados, allow me to draw your attention to a freebie you don't want to pass by. 7 Little Words [Free] is a new word game from the creator of Moxie [99¢ / Free] and Moxie 2 [$1.99]. Those games picked up big followings over time, and this should be no different.

7 Little Words uses a super-simple formula that works really well. It feels a bit like a crossword or anagram game, and it's got me pretty hooked. Each puzzle presents you with seven clues for seven mystery words, and twenty two- or three-letter combinations. Put the letter combos together to make words that fit the clues. Your goal in each puzzle is to use up all the letters to create seven words.

The nice thing about 7 Little Words is that it relies on elimination. If you don't know a 7 letter word for "New Hampshire Stone," complete all the words you can and then experiment with what's left. I've certainly been challenged by this game, but I've never felt out of my depth. If you're truly stumped, you can't get stuck - you're free to move onto any puzzle at any time.

The base game has 25 puzzles, and so far there are two packs of 50 puzzles available for 99¢ each, with more to come. As an added bonus, 7 Little Words is universal. If there are any other features you'd like to see, the developer has been hanging out on our forums.

The simplicity of 7 Little Words' gameplay is a strength, but the whole package might be a bit too simple. Don't expect a fancy interface, game center achievements or any other meta-game material. That said, I'm not really complaining. 7 Little Words is a challenging, creative word game that's definitely worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Hmm, none of their other games support Game Center, so I guess there isn't much hope for that? It's nearly a requirement for addictive puzzle games.

    • Anonymous

      Sure it is, because they're just not addictive or puzzles otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        :rolleyes: I said they're addictive and puzzles...refer to the word "nearly" in my post?

        But I find that they are far _less_ addictive if you can't easily compare your progress with others'. And, frankly, I like the satisfaction of getting achievements and seeing a well-completed game in my list. There are so many free puzzle games out there, I feel it can help them stand out.

        Besides, there's built-in benefit to the developer. For example, it's not uncommon for one my friends or I to get a game and the rest will either see it in GC or from my goading them into getting it (in part so I can have some people to compare against in GC). Then we end up playing endlessly. This means a wider user base and, especially when you have DLC, that can be a very positive thing.

      • Anonymous

        :rolleyes: I said they're addictive and puzzles...refer to the word "nearly" in my post?

        But I find that they are far _less_ addictive if you can't easily compare your progress with others'. And, frankly, I like the satisfaction of getting achievements and seeing a well-completed game in my list. There are so many free puzzle games out there, I feel it can help them stand out.

        Besides, there's built-in benefit to the developer. For example, it's not uncommon for one my friends or I to get a game and the rest will either see it in GC or from my goading them into getting it (in part so I can have some people to compare against in GC). Then we end up playing endlessly. This means a wider user base and, especially when you have DLC, that can be a very positive thing.

      • http://profiles.google.com/andwalsh Andrew Walsh

         Yes, because I find it thrilling when I'm 7,000 out of 160,000. There should be a setting in Game Center (and other scoring services) to select your category. I'd be "casual gamer" and maybe feel a bit competitive. Unlike other people who should check "all my waking hours playing so I can be No 1 out of 1,000,000".

        Until then I find that game center support adds little value.

        Though I guess I could spend some time trying to find people to add as friends to compare my score against.

  • Anonymous

    I'm beginning to really like Nissa's reviews, we seem to go for the same genres and I find myself agreeing with most of the articles, which is a first for me with TA staff.

  • blueox

     Thanks for the nice comments about my game, Nissa. I'm really pleased by the positive responses I've been getting from folks who give it a try!

  • fff

    blueox- I was late to work this morning because of your game. 

    *shakes fist*

    • blueox

      LOL! 8-)

  • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

    As a person who enjoys word games, this one stands out above the others. It's fantastic.

  • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

    As a person who enjoys word games, this one stands out above the others. It's fantastic.

  • starmonkey

     L O V E  I T 

  • Discuss

    Thanks Nissa for bringing some variety to TA reviews

  • Helpme

    10 letter word for PENGUIN?

    • Blinker29

      rockhopper

      • missmeredith

        ^^ THANKYOU. 

  • meeeee

    whats a 10 letter word for reversible word?

    • just me

      palindrome

  • ND

    Only available for iPod?  Anyway to get it on Droids too?

  • Pattypinc

    Can I get this for my imac?

  • Fridgemagnet

    8 letter word for military headquarters?

  • Leyna Clarke

    pentagon

  • 4ksilver

    Sunrise level 29
    high cliffs  ?
    counting  ?
    grape variety  ?

    I have everything else!
    A little help PLEASE!!!!!

    • Razielgrace

       counting= census

    • Chikadiablos

      high cliffs = precipices
      counting= census
      grape variety= shiraz

  • Troynholli

    10letter word for high cliff?

    • Guest

      precipices

  • JorDev

    Sunrise Level
    Port Philip City?
    Can not get this one!!!!!

    • Ryuzaki Lawliet

      Melbourne

  • My8hazeleyes

    sequoias 30
    green insect 7 letters
    pertaining to poetry 10 letters

    ty did na an par ssi ka

    please help! last puzzle left have completed all levels except these clues driving me crazy!!!!

    • JHL

      green insect = katydid
      pertaining to poetry = parnassian

  • http://www.syncers.com/ Karan Lugani

    Its a quite nice game. Better than Angry Birds :D

  • Jamie Henderson

    I know this is long past the review date but I have to say I love this game. It's simplicity should not been seen a limitation but as it's charm. The gameplay is so good it doesn't need to hide behind affectations. Simple and beautiful, I'm jealous I didn't come up with the idea!

  • http://adifferentdrum.myopenid.com/ Sam

    Blueox - Great game, nicely captures the Crossword feel. Any chance of localised versions though ? Specifically UK English. We've had quite a few American terms, a couple of which we didn't even recognise once we'd got them.

  • SmartKayla

    I've purchased multiple levels on this, because I enjoy it so much. However, the bonus levels won't unlock. How do I make that happen?

7 Little Words Reviewed by Nissa Campbell on . Rating: 4