Wurd in Review – Way to Improve Your Vocabulary

The gameplay in Wurd couldn’t be simpler. You’re shown a word on the screen, and you have to decide whether it’s real or fake; by tapping either the word ‘real’ or the word ‘fake’. No rocket scientists required here. There are two elements to the ‘fakes’; some words are completely made up, whereas others are simply misspellings of actual words. You’ve got to sort these out from the real, correctly spelled words.

You only have three lives. So if you get three words incorrect, it’s Game Over. Therefore the idea of the game is to work your way through as many words as possible without getting any wrong. Dependent on how good your vocabulary and spelling are, you could be going for some time. In fact, if you don’t find this mode challenging enough, have a go at the Marathon mode. In Marathon mode, you’re playing against the clock. If you’re good enough, you’ll also be awarded bonuses, word streaks and other achievements, helping you climb high up that scoreboard.

The achievements and leaderboards are available in the OpenFeint section of the App, so you can see what you’ve yet to unlock, and compare scores with your friends. If you’re a perfectionist, you may find this reason enough to come back and play again and again. If not, you’ll probably get bored pretty easily, even if you consider yourself a wordsmith.

Overall, I felt that Wurd had very limited appeal. I’m a bit of a word geek, so I did find the standard mode quite easy, but even the Marathon mode wasn’t very exciting. The graphics and sound aren’t very inspired, and the gameplay just isn’t that fun. You’re basically saying yes/no to everything, hardly on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. Wurd is OK to keep you entertained for five minutes here and there, but it’s not one that’s going to stay on my iPhone for the long run.


App Summary
Title: Wurd Developer: Gomu Gomu
Reviewed Ver: 1.3 Min OS Req:
Price: $1.99 App Size: 4.4 MB
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Compare high scores via OpenFeint
  • Improve your vocabulary
  • Pretty uninspired
  • Little replay value
  • Bit pricey


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