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Spelling words competitively against friends is pretty dang fun. At least for those of us who are decent spellers. Word It! capitalizes on that idea and attempts to create a hectic and pulse-pounding game of letters for iOS gamers everywhere. It actually manages a good job of it, too.
When boiled down to its essence, Word It! is basically a game about spelling words better and more quickly than someone else while under a time limit and with limited letters. Kind of like the majority of mobile multiplayer spelling games, really. What’s different about it is the way it all comes together. Each match is broken up into three rounds. Players take their turn for each and try to build up as many points as they can. After the third round is over, whoever has the highest total is the winner. It’s not simply a matter of picking letters out of a lineup, however. Once a round starts players have two minutes to make as many words as they can using a constantly changing steam of letters. These letters appear randomly, disappear if left untouched for too long, and are used up the moment they’re tapped regardless of whether or not they end up spelling something.
I absolutely love the frantic nature of Word It! and the constantly changing pool of letters. It really forces players to decide between spelling out a string of small words or wasting precious time while they hold out for the one or two letters they might be missing in order to complete a big one. The asynchronous multiplayer structure is great as well. One turn consists of pretty much an entire game in its own right, which makes waiting for another player to finish theirs a lot less painful. And since each match only consists of three rounds they tend not to drag on for too long. There’s even an offline mode that’s good for practicing while waiting for someone or when there’s no online connection available.
Word It! does a great job of crafting a more unique multiplayer spelling experience than the average “words with-alike.” The ever-changing list of letters will keep players on their toes and every round is practically its own game. Great stuff.