Developer: Alpha Plus LLP
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Wordbox – Word Puzzle Game! is a word search game that isn’t only about spelling the biggest words possible. Players can connect any adjacent letters together to form a word. The letters don’t have to be in a line like many more traditional word games. It is difficult at first to get used to it since in most word games the letters have to be a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line. Since the letters in Wordbox don’t have to be in a straight line, I found the best way to find words was to look at groups of letters.

Wordbox has multiple game modes, including Quest, Classic, Go-Go, Rush, and Multiplayer. Initially only Quest mode and multiplayer are open to players. Each quest has different tasks that players have to complete. The tasks include things like scoring a certain number of points, finding a certain number of 2 or 3 letter words, and even finding particular words. I was expecting a word game where the goal was only to spell the most words, so the other tasks are nice change. Each quest has a time bar that is going down and spelling words adds time back on, so being efficient is very important.

When words are made, the letters in that word disappear from the board and new letters fall in to take their place. There is a shuffle button to reorganize all of the letters and hints button. Players only have a limited number of hints and shuffles so they have to be conserved, and the number of hints doesn’t reset every level. A nice feature is that when a hint suggests a word, the Wikipedia definition can be brought up with one touch. This feature makes it easy to learn new words.

Players earn diamonds that can be spent in a store for items like additional hints or to unlock all of the modes. There are also bombs that appear on the board and when tapped they remove all adjacent tiles from the board.

I really like that Wordbox isn’t just about spelling as many words as possible. The different task each quest has makes it more about finding the right words, instead of just any words. At the end of the day, it’s still a word game, but there’s more to it than just spelling words.

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