iPad WordJong...

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  1. QuickWit

    QuickWit Well-Known Member

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    This is a game I didn't think would come to the iPhone/Touch because it was not a big hit on the DS but I have to say that it was one of my favorite games to take with me on long trips... and my wife would play it non-stop for a long time.

    It's a great word game that combines WordPop with Mahjong. You have to spell words but can only use the letters that are free on at least one side (like removing mahjong tiles). There was a lot of cool depth in stories and achievements for the DS and I'm assuming that the same will be had with this game. I really liked that every day had a new puzzle and it was fun to try and knock out the whole month.

    I've picked it up and I'm really excited to give it a go... I know the $5 cost will scare some off and perhaps there will be a sale, but I played it a lot for the $30 I spent on the DS and know I'll get the money's worth out of this $5.

    I'll give it some play in a bit and let you know if it's the same as I am used to playing...
     
  2. #2 mrbass, Jan 7, 2009
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    Yes this game WordJong is great played it a ton on nintendo ds. Gonna wait for it to hit $3 though and then bite. It probably is worth $5 with the production value of it just saying compared to all the other ones though not sure.

    Also you can play it online for free (flash) to see if it's up your alley or not.
     
  3. zztfox

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    Looks interesting, looking forward to some reviews.
     
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  5. Carlos-Sz

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  6. QuickWit

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    Sorry... I forgot to put the link in the first post. It's rare that I do the first one so... well, there you go.

    But I have had a chance to play this for a while and I'm very happy with the game. Though I have to admit that it's really only about half the DS game. In this version you only get to play the daily challenges. That means that there is a lot of puzzles... you do the math, but one of the really fun parts of the game is missing.

    For those that played it before it's missing the whole "battle" portion of the game which was one of the really fun aspects of the game.

    What you have now is just the daily puzzles which can be very challenging and still a lot of fun. You've also got a few achievements to unlock which will really push you.

    I still have to say for a person who likes word games this is very good. The graphics and presentation are really nice and the play is exactly like it is on the DS. I am disappointed that it doesn't have the battle portion of the game so I would only give it four stars, but still it's worth the $5 to me.
     
  7. Coldar

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    I'm very interested in getting this game. But before I drop $5. I went to their site and tried the online version and it was a real nice game to play. My question is: what is a daily challenge?....its in the description but doesn't really explain....and not ever played it before I'm curious. Hopefully its not just one game a day play with only a net conection (is it?), cuz that's what keeps coming to mind. Can I play as many games as want? Does it need a internet connection?.......
     
  8. QuickWit

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    The daily challenge is basically one puzzle everyday. There is a high score set up by one of the "WordJong Masters" and your job is to beat it. You can go and play any day that has already past but the basic idea of it is sort of like going to your local paper and getting the puzzle for the day (for those that still get papers). There are different skill levels on different days (if I remember correctly Sunday was the hardest day). You can always do the puzzle over and try to improve upon your score.

    Granted this doesn't make the game sound like one that you'll play for hours at a time, but it does make it one that you'll go to every day to see what the next challenge is, and once you get hooked into it you'll be doing just that. I did that with my DS version for pretty much six months straight at one point.

    The Battle Mode was the thing that made you play it for hours at one sitting and that's the part that is missing (sadly). This was really a disappointment for me, but not enough for me to regret my purchase. I'm very happy with what I have (could have been happier) and look at it a bit like Puzzle Quest. Sure I didn't get the whole game, but I've got something that I enjoy a lot and I can take it with me a lot easier now. And like Puzzle Quest, it's nice to have renewed interest in one of my favorite games.
     
  9. Coldar

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    Quickwit, thanks for a quick reply/explanation. Helps out a lot. Sounds like a good game but want to play using the battle mode as you mentioned. Liked it so much I actually downloaded the game from their site. I hope there isn't any bloatware attached but will try it out in the a.m. Thanks again!
     
  10. man835

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    WordJong DS

    I am also a big fan of the DS version (I still play it) and was excited to see the game on iPhone. The daily mode was my favorite on the DS, and it looks like they did a high quality version here. From what I can tell, it is not a port, but designed for the iPhone screen proportions. The art looks great, and the controls are very clean. The new awards added are also a good extra.

    I think that the 5$ price makes sense, as the DS version was 20$ and had 3 modes. I will continue to play and post any new discoveries...
     
  11. Carlos-Sz

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    #11 Carlos-Sz, Jan 7, 2009
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    OK. I've purchased the game.

    Here more details about to help you to decide:


    - Region Format bug: If your iPhone Region Format ("General>International") is NOT set to US (or UK probably) you can't select past games in calendar that gets corrupted (month names are not shown and week days are wrong). Note that you can play the current day and the same day of past months only. If I change to US then the game works as it should (no need to restart iPhone or anything).

    - Replay value: the goal is to clear the board and beat the high score; if you fail a special mark is made in the calendar so you can always play the same board again until you finally beat the high score

    - You have a bomb that can eliminate a single tile of your choice, but you have to get it by making a not too short word at least

    - You have frozen tiles that once used will not clear the tile next to it until the word with the frozen tile is submitted (makes the game harder)

    - There are wild-card tiles (always helpful)

    - After ending a game you can access the list of words you made

    - Options: only sound and music slidebars

    - Game Help: the gameplay is simple (like a Mahajong) but you can read it in order to learn about it

    - Only one landscape orientation (volume down)

    - As you can see it's a very polished game with great graphics

    Great game that adds a day challenge approach!
     
  12. Thanks Carlos-Sz excellent review definitely gonna pick this up soon.
     
  13. I remember buying the US version of this for my wife for her DS, and of course with us being in the UK, there were some differences in spelling (eg favor instead of favour). This app is available in the UK store too, but I assume it uses the same dictionary as the one in the US store as there is nothing to say any different. Can anyone confirm?
     
  14. fiskadoro

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    Thanks for the review, Carlos-Sz. This is what make TouchArcade great. I think WordJong will definitely be on my snipe list now.
     
  15. BrettArchibald

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    Uh... yeah... was contemplating buying this now, until I just read what you wrote...
    Anyone got any word on language variations / dictionaries in this game?
     
  16. QuickWit

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    Only one little change to Carlos-Sz's review...

    You can actually play all the boards in 2008 so there is a lot of games to be played right out of the box. All you have to do is go to the day you want, tap it, and then press play (or just double tap the day)

    And remember that they go up in difficulty starting with the easiest on Monday and then the really hard puzzles on Sunday.

    I wish I knew about the UK word stuff, but there is the company website so maybe they can help you out there.

    Bob
     
  17. Carlos-Sz

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    Yes. That's what I tried to say. Today is Jan 7th 2009. I can play the 7th of each month since Jan 2008 (all past calendars/boards). I can't tap e.g. 20th Sep 2008 today, just 7th Sep 2008.

    Double tap does not work here. Single tap does not select a day. It's selected just the "today" or every 7th of past months.
     
  18. QuickWit

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    Actually I can tap on any date on the calendar and there is a different puzzle to play... not just the same date on each month. Like I said, that gives you over 370 puzzles you can take on when you get it. I played the Sept. 20, 2008 just to make sure.

    When you scroll to the next month the 7th will be highlighted, but you can still tap the date you'd like to play and then press play.

    I was wrong on the double-tap, however... I think I must have hit the "play" button before I double tapped.
     
  19. Carlos-Sz

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    For some reason I can't tap as you can.

    I will reinstall the game.
     
  20. ficbot

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    So if it is retrieving a new puzzle every day, does that mean you need to be 'on-line' while you are playing it?
     

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