Developer: Fat Fish Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.8.5
Device Reviewed On: iPad Air

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

With some notable exceptions, anyone who has ever played one spelling game on iOS has basically played them all. In fact, anyone who has ever played Words with Friends has basically played all spelling games on iOS. Although Word Cubes tries, and fails, to carve out a unique identity, the familiar word game it ultimately is at least never offends.

Word Cubes follows the now-standard online social spelling game formula. Two players take turns spelling out words on a shared Scrabble-like grid until the board fills up and the player with the most points wins. It has the same special tiles one would expect that increase scores in various ways, along with the typical freemium power-ups for sale like a letter scrambler. It even has the same generic visual style these games all seem to use – one full of light grayish-blue design elements like the Facebook homepage. Speaking of which, players sign up through Facebook or email and the community is currently large enough that finding new matches never takes too long. Plus, bots are always up for a challenge, and they tend to make their moves a lot faster than opponents like “LuvMyGranddaughter1936.”

word cubes 1word cubes 2However, Word Cubes does have one trick up its sleeve and it’s the titular cubes themselves. Each letter tile players can choose from actually represents a cube. Six sides equal six potential letters that tile could become. Also, many tiles feature compound letters like “AR” or “IN” allowing larger words to fit into smaller spaces. But tiles cannot be changed after they are played. Neither of these features fundamentally changes the game’s nature, but they do greatly expand the player’s options when constructing a word. Unfortunately, this might be the reason why turns tend to last pretty long, but the ability to spell bigger and better words is easily worth the wait.

Word Cubes is fun enough, and it isn’t broken in any way. But it’s just so bog-standard that, outside of its slight cube gimmick, there’s really no reason to recommend it over countless other spelling games.

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