Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Scrabble-like in nature, WordRoll is quite an enjoyable multiplayer word game. It's a bit stingy when it comes to explaining everything and its dictionary could do with expanding, but that doesn't stop it from being a satisfying game to play throughout the day.
Offering asynchronous multiplayer, WordRoll is one of those games that one can keep an eye on throughout the coming days, diving in as and when the other player takes their turn. Players are given six letter tiles and it's down to them to place them on the board, thereby creating a word. Strategy comes into effect when it comes to how words overlap the other player's creations.
By using the opponent's letters for one's own needs, it's possible to steal points off them. Those keen to play more defensively can stop this from happening by 'locking' in letters by creating a word that goes across one's previously created word. The only power-up of sorts that can be used is being able to swap tiles, thereby forfeiting a turn, rather than the game being cluttered with bonuses.
It's these little things that make WordRoll a cut above the rest, adding a strategic touch to proceedings. With a relatively small board to play on, WordRoll soon becomes quite challenging even though the basic concept remains the same. It could do with a few refinements though, such as being able to see how many points a letter tile is worth or a definition feature, but the foundations are there and it's a pretty enjoyable word game to play.
WordRoll feels like a more purist experience than other titles, thanks to its only in-app purchase pertaining to how many games one can play at once, with no fear of power-ups overshadowing word play. That's easily to its benefit.