Developer: Faro Entertainment
Version Reviewed: 1.0
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If there was ever a game in the App Store that was meant to give people heart attacks, it would be Word Warrior. Up until now, I thought that the basic word finding formula was stressful enough - you know, the kind that gives you a large group of letters for you to reassemble into long strings of words. These games typically test the limits of your thinking speed and then mock you by telling you all the word combinations that you missed. You'll feel slightly less of a person at the end, but at least you won't feel the shame of getting beat in a word rearranging battle royal.
Unlike other word finding games, Word Warrior takes the word creation genre into the world of gladiator style RPG's. The same basic game mechanics are in place, but now the words you create do damage and after you win battles you get experience points and items do make your character stronger.
Each level in the game has set rules (kill all enemies, only use three letter words, etc.) and most have a certain amount of enemies that you must kill before the level is over. As expected, the longer the word you form, the more damage the attack does, and each enemy is represented by a certain amount of hit points that you must burn through.
While the addition of RPG and fighting elements are welcome in this typically tame genre, the difficulty is a bit maddening. I'll admit that I don't have any dictionaries memorized and my Scrabble skills aren't quite tournament ready, but Word Warrior has kicked my butt to the curb more times than any other game in recent history. There's no easing into Word Warrior either... the game will eat you alive from the very beginning.
If you are looking for an extremely difficult word puzzle game and have a long lasting love of all things RPG, you will absolutely love Word Warrior. It's certainly not for the feint of heart, or for anyone who enjoys a nice casual gaming experience, but it will turn those who are willing into champions of the English language.