Developer: iq12
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Boggle seemed like one of those games that Grandparents always had lying about that visitors would drag out when they were tired of whatever family obligations they’d have at that time. Often, they’d be creating more noise and ruckus then the quasi-educational experience of the game was worth. They probably also got extremely frustrated with the placement of certain letters, lack of vowels, or the always devilish ‘Qu’. Now that they’re older and wiser, they’ve been feeling nostalgic; trying to find a way back to those word games. Sure, they played Words With Friends, but they got bored only playing with that ex of theirs from high school who already takes two days to take a turn.

IMG_0240IMG_0238But then there’s Morph’em; a word game consisting of a revolvable cube that’s not only a race against time, but a competition among some 20 players who don’t know the others’ scores and are picked at random. Every 4 minutes in real world time, a new match starts where the player doesn’t see their opponents and is only given 3 of the 6 bonus words that can be found in the word cube. It’s a game of simplicity and complication. It’s a game that tests patience and vocabulary skills.

The surprising thing about this title is that it’s totally free-to-play. There are no obnoxious ads for games nobody wants to play, no annoying pop-ups, or even banner ads that interfere with gameplay. This title is just straight up free, with the exception of the coins that players can purchase for activating some of the special cheats. However, the real money to in-app currency is pretty gracious in this game, and many of times it’ll be entirely unnecessary to spend any money whatsoever. It’s almost as though the developer, iq12, adapted a similar structure for F2P to games like Quadropus Rampage; where the game doesn’t force or coerce players into any payment at all; with the IAPs acting more as a donation box than a Scrooge-like attempt to part them from their money.

IMG_0241IMG_0243Morph’em isn’t just a multiplayer game, however. It contains 20 levels for single player, designed to teach players the game and get them more comfortable with the concept; Boggle as a 3-dimensional cube. Whatever mode one chooses to play will be packed full of stress and solace, but the multiplayer mode is really where this title shines.

It’s a very simple concept of allowing players to rotate a cube to find words within letters, limiting players to only be able to use the letters currently visible. However, this “simple concept” is what makes Morph’em such a formidable and demanding game. This “word” title is not our Grandma’s Boggle and it definitely isn’t a drab old boring knock off. Morph’em needs to be on the radar for games people download to ring in the new year.

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