Ian Marsh, the brains behind the popular App Store title Hanoi Plus and the highly enjoyable Scoops, has taken on the Word Game genre with the release of the very cool and fun Textropolis. Unlike the majority of Word titles that lack a theme or some much needed flavor, Textropolis delivers by taking you around the world and have you finding hidden words in each city as you progress.
Word games are one of my favorite genres to play on the iPhone. They can be enjoyed minutes at a time and you get to learn new words along the way. That’s why when I came across Wordplay, a new word puzzler by Pixelchemy, I was quite anxious to give it a test drive. Once I started learning the ins and outs and actually playing the game, I found elements of its gameplay and design to be inspired by the likes of Scrabble and Trism, but only much faster. In fact, Wordplay is probably one of the fastest paced and action packed word game I have played in a long time.
Perhaps you are one of those at the office who pretends to be working hard on those TPS reports, but are in actual fact playing an online word game when the boss isn’t watching. Or you’re at home, bored out of your mind and getting your quick word fix on the interweb. No matter the scenario, if you have spent anytime playing Word Games on the net, there is a very good chance you have come across Chicktionary, a very popular title developed by blockdot. Well, anagram and word fans can now rejoice as Chicktionary has been be released for the iPhone.
Margot’s Word Brain is a multi-platform word game that has now been ported to the iPhone, compliments of Slam Productions. Players will find not one, but five types of word games to play with. Included are Word Link, Word Mine, Hyper Text, Word Safe and Word Search. Upon choosing your type of game, first time players can watch Margot give an on screen demonstration explaining the rules of that particular game. Most of the games have a time limit of 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Word games seem to be everywhere in the App Store. With so many of them in the market, developers have to try and distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack with new concepts or ideas. Pyrus certainly fits this bill as a word game with a unique twist. Here you are presented with a board of 5 scrambled letters where the player must form a word as quickly as possible before the timer runs out. Rather than the typical tapping or sliding around letters to build a word, Pyrus requires you to use up to five fingers in order to assemble your word. Touch and hold down your finger on each letter in the correct order and the letters you type will appear on the top of the screen. When you have spelt out the word, release your fingers from the board to have it submitted.
Word games are extemely popular in the App Store. With easily over a hundred such titles available on the iPhone, choosing one that stands out can be a hit and miss process. Personally, I love word games for the simple fact that it can be both entertaining and educating at the same time. I have discovered words I had not previously known by simply making guess attempts. Now that’s time well spent! So how does Worder stack up with the rest of the competition?