TouchMyApps » Bookworm http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:01:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.8 PopCap Games’ Bookworm, Chuzzle and Peggle now $0.99! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/30/popcap-games-bookworm-chuzzle-and-peggle-now-0-99/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/30/popcap-games-bookworm-chuzzle-and-peggle-now-0-99/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:10:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=40502 When it comes to downright fun and addictive games on the iPhone, you can always count on PopCap Games, who’ve also seen their share of games crack the Top 10 bestsellers on the App Store. The good news is that some of these titles are now on sale for a measly $0.99, with Bookworm (TMA Review), … Read more]]>

When it comes to downright fun and addictive games on the iPhone, you can always count on PopCap Games, who’ve also seen their share of games crack the Top 10 bestsellers on the App Store. The good news is that some of these titles are now on sale for a measly $0.99, with Bookworm (TMA Review), Chuzzle and Peggle (TMA Review)joining the dollar club. All three are some of my favorite games on the iPhone and are still on my springboard to this day. If you’ve yet to pick up any of these great pick-up-and-play games, be sure to grab ‘em while this limited time offer is still on.

Update: To celebrate PopCap Games’ 10 year anniversary, Bejeweled 2 + Blitz is now also on sale for $0.99. The offer will last until Oct 20th, so if you enjoy Match 3 games, be sure to grab it!!

Bookworm PopCap Games, Bookworm (TMA Review), 9.5 MB – $0.99
Chuzzle PopCap Games, Chuzzle, 6.7 MB – $0.99
Peggle PopCap Games, Peggle (TMA Review), 33.8 MB – $0.99
Bejeweled 2 + Blitz PopCap Games, Bejeweled 2 + Blitz, 10.8 MB – $0.99

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Bookworm in Review: Casual Gaming Classic http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/10/bookworm-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/10/bookworm-in-review/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:30:04 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29244 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 … Read more]]>

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.

Bookworm took its sweet time before porting from the PC to the iPhone in mid-2009. In the meantime, a dizzying slew of word games have come out specifically on the iPhone platform – some original and some just variants of Bookworm – making competition quite stiff even for the casual game juggernaut PopCap Games.

There are two game modes – classic and timed; the former ideal for the casual player or newbie while the timed one is for the more experienced Bookworm player. Playing Bookworm is quite simple and easy to learn. Form words from the 7X7 grid of random letters – the minimum is three letters – but if you have a sharp eye and do a little planning, you can form longer words for more points. There’s another good reason for forming the longest words you possibly can – use too many short words in succession and you invite the wrath of the burning tiles. Burning tiles eat the other letters below within seconds. Failure to use them to form words pronto before they hit the bottom and it’s game over for you. At the same time, there are special green and yellow tiles that provide a neat multiplier for racking up more points to advance to the next level. If you run out of words or just panicking, you can shake your iPhone/iPod Touch to shuffle the tiles – at a price, though, since you get more burning tiles as penalty. Form certain words and you get to unlock collections (e.g. animals, food,etc.) – a nice touch to enhance the game’s replay value.

The PC game was likable and incredibly addictive – to an extent, this port delivers largely the same experience but customized for the iDevice. Instead of frantically typing words while beating the burning tiles, words can be tapped successively or traced along a path with the finger and tapping sends them to the library for points. Here’s where I had some problems – the tiles are too small and it’s hard to form words precision. It’s quite a challenge to undo misspelled words, especially when there are burning tiles left and right. The additional step of confirming the word by tapping it before sending it, while necessary, sometimes results in tapping another letter – requiring an undo, and so on.

While the game provides a collection of personal bests, it would be nice to see online scoreboard and social media integration especially since this game enjoys a huge following.

Amid a large and diverse offering of word puzzle games, Bookworm is and will always be a pleasure to play on any platform. Nothing beats this word puzzle classic, and at a friendly price you get tons of replay value and wordsmithing pleasure.

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App Summary
Title: Bookworm Developer: PopCap Games, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $2.99 App Size: 9.5 MB
  • It’s a classic!
  • Insanely addictive and challenging strategic gameplay
  • Word definitions for educational purposes, bonus words and in-game word collections up the challenge
  • Tiles are rather too small and words are difficult to make especially when in panic mode
  • No online leaderboard and social media integration

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Are you a man (or woman) of many words? If so, check out these other iDevice offerings:

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Bookworm now $0.99 + More great deals! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/31/bookworm-now-099-more-great-deals/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/31/bookworm-now-099-more-great-deals/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2009 23:32:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16969 While none of these price drops top the one we posted earlier in the day - iDodge: Space Ninja Free for a day, there are still some sweet deals if you’re looking at adding to your app collection. For many word game addicts (including myself), PopCap Games’ hugely successful Bookworm goes on sale for the … Read more]]>

bookworm_sale1While none of these price drops top the one we posted earlier in the day - iDodge: Space Ninja Free for a day, there are still some sweet deals if you’re looking at adding to your app collection. For many word game addicts (including myself), PopCap Games’ hugely successful Bookworm goes on sale for the first time since its release several months ago. If you recall, when PopCap dropped Peggle’s price to $0.99, the highly addictive game (think Pachinko + Pinball) shot up the sales chart and into the top ten. At $0.99 (sale ends Aug 5th), Bookworm is a can’t miss title for any iDevice.

The other great deal is ngmoco’s action packed Star Hogs: Online & Campaign Battle. In our last App Store Deals post (which you should check out as some of the sales are still in effect!), Star Hogs dropped to $2.99. Now, this great Worms like title can be had for only $0.99. EA’s Spore Origins, along with F.A.S.T – Fleet Air Superiority and My Brute are all on sale for a dollar. Be sure to have a good look at the list below for more great deals!

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