I’ve never been so frustrated with tiny men lacking in necks, arms, and legs. Oddly enough I also can’t remember the last time I fell quite so in love with them. Such is life in the land of Quarrel Deluxe: at times an exhilarating dose of brain-busting competition, and at others… phone-throwingly frustrating. What is Quarrel, you ask? It’s an unfortunately overlooked game cast into a world in which games just like it have already planted their flags. There is little room to move on the map over which apps such as Words With Friends already rule. However, if Quarrel were to advance on their territories it would do so with the word value of SCRABBLE, and all the war strategy of RISK.
SpellTower, easily the best word game to release for iOS in recent memory, has been updated to add universal support for the iPhone. Previously only available for the iPad, this strategic word game features 4 game modes, eye pleasing visuals, game center leaderboards and achievements for you to see just how expansive your vocabulary really is. Puzzle Mode gives the game a Tetris (or even Drop7) feel to it, where bottom rows are added for every word you make. Once the blocks reach the top, it’s game over. If you’re tired of the likes of Bookworm (Review) or Abca (Review), take a closer look at SpellTower. You’d be hard pressed to find a better word game at the moment on the iDevice. The video trailer below will run you through all the game modes and how they’re played.
Zach Gage, SpellTower, – $1.99
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.
Ask me about word puzzle games for the PC/Mac and I would have to point to Bookworm as the definitive game for the genre. Taking its cue from a popular expression for a book lover, the custodian of the library, Lex the Bookwarm is an adorable cartoony worm with spectacles, keeping watch over a crazy assortment of tiled letters that must be formed into words to keep Lex happy. Feel free to discuss this review of Bookworm in our forums.
Fishtropolis is a word game. You log in to the game (you can have five game slots in total, so if others in your household want to play, they can have their own account) and you’re then presented with a grid of letters, above which is a fish tank. The tank contains the fish corresponding to the particular level you’re on. They swim around as you match words – and that’s about it.
We gamers are a fickle flock – on a perpetual quest for a game that that will always be new, exciting and unpredictable to us, yet paradoxically which offers a satisfying conclusion: closure to cap our efforts to conquer it.
Texas Wuggle’s precursor is a word game based on familiar slide-to-play mechanics and 4J Studios’ penchant for touching. Wuggling isn’t a word commonly used by iDevicers, but according to 4J Studios (and some personal investigation), it means: the playful arranging of letters. The great part is that Wuggle doesn’t require the biggest thinking cap, just a capable pointing digit, a place to sit, and as you will see, patience.
Lexic is a perfect game for a group whom I contemn with scorn: word freaks. Nevertheless, Kieffer and Kieffer (or whomever they are) pulled out an early sucker-punch at the App Store gem of a game. The funny thing is that before buying iDevice apps, I cared nothing at all for splelling or wurds; but since February (and learning how to spell), things have slowly changed for me. Lexic is nothing short of awesome.
There is definitely no shortage of word puzzle games available at the App Store. However, there are typically only 2 types: building words from letters, and finding words on a board of letters. Today I got to play with Rocketmaker Productions’ Grabl which takes the standard word building game and turns it into the perfect pick up and play title. Read on to see if the result spelled success.
No reason to be terse about ideas2mobile‘s new app: Dan Deadman vs. Hangman, is simply a bust-up, cute, yet subtly dark and violent word game. Yes, you heard right: a violent word game. Dan Deadman is the cute — if I may apply cute to violent and gruesome death — version of that ironic kid’s game: hangman. But, this time, it is dressed up with flashy vector graphics which bloodily cover up a wealth of information.