Category Archives: Word

In other word games, common letters like vowels are often life-savers. In LEX [$0.99], they're a death trap, part of a fast-paced word game that should appeal to the masochistic...

I sat down to play Crobble [Free] this afternoon. An hour passed, and then my battery started dropping... first 20%, then all the way lower than 10%. It wasn’t until I was completely in the red before I figured it was time to put it down and start writing rather than playing. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t had less than half a battery when I’d started, I’d still be hooked to it...

In the world of "throw RPG mechanics onto a tried-and-true game genre to create awesomeness," one of the most promising examples was Crossword Dungeon [$2.99] from developer Nolithius. Released in the fall of 2012, Crossword Dungeon was a game that blended crossword puzzle-solving with dungeon crawling and RPG mechanics. It totally worked at its most basic level, but was somewhat diminished by a lack of words and variety in its gameplay. It's been a long time coming, but a brand new update has solved most of those issues, and if you missed it before then Crossword Dungeon is totally something you should check out now...

'Word Mage' Review - The Hyperactive Member Of The Word Game Family

The word game is one of those genres that's basically always active on iOS, with new entries released at a fairly regular pace. That said, recently, there seems to be a higher amount than usual of excellent new games twisting RPG mechanics into the genre. They're two great tastes that taste great together, I suppose. What's interesting to me is how games coming from the same basic angle of "word game plus RPG" can have such different results. If we consider the recent Spell Quest [Free] to be the Dragon Quest of word RPGs, with its slow, deliberate pace and focus on carefully-planned strategy, then Word Mage [$0.99] is the Ys of the genre, moving at a blazing pace and demanding quick reactions to enemies that become increasingly dedicated to finishing you off...

'Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey' Review - Q-U-E-S-T, Done!

One of the more surprising things that the rise of social and casual games has revealed is just how much everyone loves spelling. Where were all of these people when I was looking for Scrabble players? Or was it the fact that I insist on playing the game in the buff to maximize the flow of my chakra? Oh well. Wherever they were at that time, they came out later in full force, and now there are mountains of word games. At first there were mostly knock-offs of Scrabble or Boggle, but as in any competitive genre, everyone started looking for their own spin, leading to some incredibly imaginative variations. Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey [Free] isn't treading on completely new ground, certainly owing a debt to the classic Bookworm Adventures, but thanks to a few good twists and an extremely polished presentation, it more than carves a place for itself...

'Blackbar' Review - Words Are A Powerful Thing

Neven Mrgan and James Moore call their latest iOS game – Blackbar [$2.99] - “serious, artsy, and texty.” For the most part, the game is exactly those things. Serious in tone, artsy in approach, and texty cause… well, the game’s just text...

It's an old improv game. Two people count down from three and try to say the same thing. Based on those two things, they try to find the commonality. So if I said "Boat," and my partner yelled, "Forrest Gump," we both might scream "JENNY!" It's super fun, and gets the creative juices flowing, while allowing the two partners to get on the same wave length...

Super School Day [$0.99] plays like any other of the mini-game collections on the App Store, yet it manages to not bore by being (so damn) charming. From the second the game launches it’s crackin’ jokes, successfully entertaining with style and personality. Don’t be fooled, Super School Day is actually a not-so-casual, challenging, laugh-in-the-face of mini-game collections - and succeeded at becoming a by-the-hour affair with me and my iOS devices. These days games like *that* are a rare breed...

'Sorcery!' Review - Inkle's Gamebook Gets It Right

As someone who can get pretty obsessive about both reading and video games, I keep expecting gamebooks to grab me by the throat. It seems as though they should be perfect for that: part game, part book, all gripping entertainment...

Heads up: Draw Something 2 [$0.99 / Free] is now a video game that you can play. There's two versions on the App Store. The one with a price, the "premium version" as Zynga calls it, gives you access to a free star and coin bonus and a free sparkle pen. It also doesn't have any ads. The other version is, naturally, free-to-play and can be upgraded, if you so choose. Seems like folks are digging the former...

PopCap's Bookworm Heroes [Free] finally saw its international launch tonight after what's seriously been months of the game being soft launched in Canada. No joke, the thread for its Canadian release on our forums was actually originally posted on December 4th, 2012. I spent some time with last year's release of the game, and it really doesn't seem like there's a whole lot different from the actual proper international version aside from potentially minor balance changes or other things that are hard to notice...

If an awkwardly earnest take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme sounds like a good time to you, you'll probably dig Sarah Northway's Word Up Dog [Free]. Get it? "Dig"? Because you'll be digging in the dirt for dog bones and letters...? Just priming you for the endearing dorkiness of Word Up Dog, friends—it's a fun, original little word game, but you have to love it for the underdog it is...

4 Pics 1 Word [Free] is a word guessing game. It presents you with four pictures and then tasks you with guessing what specific word fits with the theme of the photos presented. It's a simple game that really seems to be clicking with people if the App Store charts are any indication. It's also a weird game. Most of the time, the themes are much too simple and we're not 100 percent certain that this is the original 4 Pics 1 Word. There's a lot of them on the App Store, some by different developers...

Are you the sort of person who knows all about the majestic alot? Have you considered sending your friends posters to help them with their little their/there/they're problem? Well then, we should probably hang out some time, since insufferability loves company. Also, you might want to take a look at The Grading Game [$0.99 / Free]...

In 2012, puzzle games continued to shine in a big way on the App Store. Branching out from the typical word games and block sliders of days of yore, 2012 brought some seriously unique and innovative experiences- Both as spinoffs to existing App Store franchises and from developers that came completely out of left field with all new titles. Puzzle games are great because even as a "hardcore" gamer, you can often appreciate a puzzle game then share tips and recommendations to friends who are potentially far more casual with their game tastes...

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