Developer: Things Made Out Of Other Things
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Storytelling/Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Intuitiveness Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Coolson’s Pocket Pack is a word game app that I have recently enjoyed testing. It is based on an app that I am also quite fond of – Coolson’s Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet – which is a word puzzle app heavy on style that includes a delightful narrative that really made me smile. Here, Coolson’s Pocket Pack delivers the gameplay without the included storyline, allowing players to gain easy access to these puzzles – a very nice way to pass time as players pretend to be working in a fast-paced chocolate factory, needing to sort chocolate letters into words of different lengths before the machine backs up, ending the game.

photo 3I must admit, I did not do so well completing these levels as I honestly bottomed out soon after completing the section of creating three-letter words from the falling letters that one works quickly with, much like if one played Tetris with the alphabet instead of geometric shapes. This is no great accomplishment as this app begins with two and three letter words and moves on from there, leaving me floundering in level two. I do think however, that it is an accomplishment for a spelling app to have me intent on trying to better my score, eager at replaying these levels multiple times and spending more time with this app than would be necessary for the testing process.

The gameplay is exciting, and I never felt frustrated – high praise as I am terrible at these kinds of games, finding them difficult and undesirable, often without any sense of style that would draw me in for a second look. I can only imagine the addictive tendencies that Coolson’s Pocket Pack would bring out in those who actually enjoy spelling games such as this. Although fans of the Coolson’s Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet will have a special affinity for Coolson’s Pocket Pack, having played this first app is in no way a prerequisite for enjoying this speedy, thoughtfully-designed word game.

photo 1I am eager to let readers know how warmly I feel towards Coolson’s Pocket Pack based on the quality of the game rather than on how well I accomplished the task at hand. I am very eager to see what new apps the developers at Things Made Out Of Other Things may create in the future as they have produced apps that have in some small way broadened my interests. It would be great if a “novice” mode could be added to their future games to allow children and adults like myself to fully partake in what their upper levels have to offer as well – just a thought for their future endeavors.

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