Developer: Scopely
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Like a messier version of LetterPress, Wordly might not deserve any prizes for originality but it’s still quite a fun word game.

The same concept as before applies. Each game involves players creating words from letter tiles, gaining one point for each tile used. Points can be stolen from one’s opponent by using it to change color and dominance, and once all the neutral, white tiles are gone the game ends. Corners play a valuable role here too, with it possible to block in tiles rendering them useless to the other player. It’s as much a game of strategy as it is linguistic skills.

wordly2wordly3Those who lost a lot of free time to LetterPress will immediately recognize this idea. The comparisons are near inescapable given their similarities. Wordly does offer a glimpse of inspiration though, in the form of its single player mode.

This mode allows players to compete with some of the greats of the written and scientific world, as well as face up against some monsters. In reality the difference might not be huge between each opponent, but the key here is the prospect of a single player mode. It’s restricted, to an extent, with an energy system dictating how many moves can be completed in one go. Of course, there are in-app purchases to help those who wish to circumvent it, but most of all Wordly‘s single player mode is a great distraction for those waiting for a real opponent to complete their move.

Wordly‘s in-app purchases are a little expensive for what they offer, plus it really isn’t an overly-original concept. Somehow, though, I still enjoyed my time with it. Having played a ton of LetterPress, it was nice to play something so familiar yet slightly different. I suspect that’s what will make it endearing enough for many other players.

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