Category Archives: Word

This weekend Microsoft released an iPhone version of a popular Windows Phone game through the App Store. Originally a pet project developed by a couple of Windows Live developers, Wordament [Free] is a word game that presents a real-time, two-minute word-finding challenge against on-line players. It's a quick race against the clock to swipe out any words you can find in the 4x4 letter grid presented. ..

Easily one of my favorite games this year is Atebits' Letterpress [Free], an asynchronous online word battling game. Now, I enjoy word games just fine but I often lose interest in them quickly, or get frustrated staring at a game board for ten minutes racking my brain to think up the longest, most elaborate word possible. Letterpress changed all that because it's not just about playing the words, but playing the board itself in a highly strategic battle of territory against your opponent. We get into all that in our full review of Letterpress, if you're curious...

In my apparent unintentional quest to provide a splash of snooty culture to everywhere I contribute, what came to mind for me while playing Word Derby [$0.99 / Free], Chillingo’s newest addition to the word-game oeuvre (nope, that isn't the snooty part of the sentence), is the inherent unfairness of competitive word games explored in the Broadway musical 'The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee' song “Pandemonium” (yup, that’s it). ..

I envy writers who can always find the word they need, who can tumble through phrase after phrase and arrive at the end in short order. I tend to write ponderously, poking around for the best word for the job and questioning whole paragraphs as I go. That's the kind of thinking that's sure to get you killed in Writer Rumble [Free], a word game that isn't for the slower and steadier among us...

'QatQi' Review - Throwing Out the Word Game Road Map

You know that feeling you get when you play an RPG and you manage to work your way down every trail and fill out every inch of the map? Apply that to word games and you have Chris Garrett's QatQi [Free], a game that's as much about exploring as it is about spelling...

It's not as though I need another word game. I mean, just look at the embarrassment of riches we've had in that genre over the past year or so. But Kieffer Bros. keeps making these little games that don't seem like much on first look and then sink in their hooks and never let go, so it was a pleasant surprise when Spell Rift [$2.99 (HD)] landed on my desk...

'Letterpress - Word Game' Review - Simple And Awesome

When I first heard that Loren Brichter of Atebits – creator of the groundbreaking Twitter client Tweetie (RIP) – was making an iOS game, I was extremely interested. After all, Tweetie demonstrated exceptional UI design and intuitiveness, as well as a clean aesthetic. Put all of those types of qualities towards an iOS game and, yeah, I'm totally on board...

The iOS platform is a great place to test new ideas, and we've seen tons of quirky and inventive games because of it. Get ready to add another one onto the pile as I think Crossword Dungeon [$2.99] is one of those unique ideas that would only come around on something like the App Store. It employs one of our favorite tactics: slap some RPG elements on a tried-and-true mechanic...

Make no bones about it, SpellTower [$1.99] is an awesome game. Created by Zach Gage of Zach Gage fame, it's a word game that has you tracing out actual words from a jumble. In general, the bigger the word you can trace, the more points you'll get, but sometimes you'll come across letters with bonus modifiers that can jack up your score and delete lines from the jumble...

If you're big on periodicals, chances are you've become intimately familiar with Apple's Newsstand functionality that was introduced in iOS 5. If you're not, here's how it works in a nutshell- Magazine and newspaper apps all get filed away under the Newsstand folder, and when new issues are available, they just appear automagically...

What do you get when you mix a timepiece with tetanus?..

When it comes to word games, I'm not the most strategic player. Give me a game like SpellTower [$1.99] and I end up with long, spindly columns of Qs and Js dragging me down. When I stumbled on Lumicon [Free] it looked like a safe, simple game, a matter of making a few simple words all at once out of a short gutter of letters. Piece of cake, until I dug in and realized how fiendishly clever this little game could be...

Words With Friends HD [$2.99] is, like, totally HD now. The game's latest update, which went live just the other afternoon, has added support for the new iPad's display. Version 5.0 also sees the addition of a new sidebar interface element that hooks you up with links to other Zynga games and lets you pester your friends via social media...

I'll be the first to admit, when the discussion first started on giving Zach Gage's SpellTower [$1.99] five stars in our review last year, I distinctly remember raising an eyebrow and saying, "Guys, it's a word game." Truth be told, until then I hadn't spent much time with SpellTower, but once I did… I was hooked. So hooked that this simple looking word game wound up as an honorable mention for our game of the year...

I love word games, but they have a bit of a PR problem: the vast, vast majority are glorified takes on the word search with a new hook here and a novel mechanic there. And y'know, I don't really mind—give me a reason to frantically form words and I'm usually happy. Letterbox [$1.99] is a pretty good reason. It's a game in the word-search mold, bringing in 3D block stacking for its special touch...

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