Developer: Kaio Interactive
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 0.75
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Offering something a little different from the usual word games, Letter Pix is a neat idea on the surface. It’s unfortunately clouded by some temperamental controls and restrictive multiplayer, but that doesn’t stop it from having potential.

Initially seeming much like most other word games, the objective is to create words from tiles littered across the screen. The first round requires you to make a word of four or less characters with that number steadily increasing. The trick here is the importance of where the letters you clear are placed. Underneath all those tiles is a picture, and after creating a word you get the chance to guess what that picture is. Soon enough you’re trying to clear tiles in particular areas in order to see more of the photo, and hopefully guess correctly.

letter4letter5It’s a fun twist on the conventional word-forming format, but there’s a catch: the controls are pretty awkward. It should just be a matter of tapping on tiles to create words, but all too often the game fails to register your tap. That happens again when it comes to guessing what the picture is. It’s also awkward to undo your decision, which proves to be a bit irritating.

Other issues emerge when it comes to multiplayer. You can play against the game’s AI but there’s the option to play against friends, too. There’s no option, however, to be randomly paired up with someone, meaning you really need to work on convincing your friends to join in. A random feature would have helped so much in giving you plenty of opportunity to play.

So, Letter Pix has potential but it doesn’t quite hit the spot. Those niggles mean you won’t find it as endearing as it could be. On the plus side it’s free and reasonably like-able, when you have the patience to withstand the temperamental controls.

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