Developer: Song San Hong
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

SpellGrid+ is a word game that offers so much flexibility that it might take some players a few plays to truly get to grips with. It’s not that it’s a complicated game, by any means, but after so long of being used to restrictive rulesets, SpellGrid+ will feel quite the change of pace. A pleasant change at that.

Essentially, players can create their own board of words. There’s a limit, of course, otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a game, but it’s a very flexible one. Players are given a word of between seven and nine letters long. In the space of 60 seconds (or more, if they’re clever), players can then manipulate those letter tiles in order to create more words. There’s no grid to fit in or even a minimum requirement, so there are plenty of ways to create new words. The only limitations are that they must link together and that words can’t be repeated.

spellgrid6spellgrid2SpellGrid+ continues the minimalism by lacking any power-ups or bonus tiles. The sole objective here is to make increasingly long words quickly in order to see the points coming flying in. Simple controls ensure that the only thing slowing anyone down here is one’s ability to think quickly of new words.

It’s the kind of approach that takes a couple of attempts to truly click. I found myself too easily restricting my options, forgetting how much freedom I had. Once that clicked, though, SpellGrid+ proved to be a lot of fun for a word game fiend such as myself.

Offering plenty of statistics for those wanting to evaluate their best grids or words created is the icing on the cake, ensuring that SpellGrid+ is an easy game to want to return to at regular junctures.

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