Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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WordSplash lacks the looks and professional sheen of many other word-based titles, but underneath its simple surface is a fun and cathartic word game, even though it does get dull after a while.
The aim of the game is to create words from letters which float around the screen. Drag the letters together, tap with two fingers and watch the word vanish and gain points. That’s fundamentally all there is to it. As the player progresses and they gain more points, so the levels increase and the speed of new tiles appearing increases. It’s game over once 25 tiles co-exist on the screen but most fast thinkers won’t have to worry about this for a little while.
Bonuses appear, also, to mix things up slightly. These mostly consist of double or triple points, with the addition of a magic tile that counts as any individual letter.
The fun behind WordSplash is its relaxing nature. With early levels being quite slow and calm, it’s a fun way to kick back and calm down alongside the title. While later stages do get more thought provoking and challenging, it’s all done gradually so it’s never overwhelmingly so. The speed can always be adjusted for those who want a faster challenge sooner.
Restrictions do unfortunately come into place. There’s no Game Center support or even Open Feint, which makes competing for better scores limited. Sure, it’s fun to challenge one’s self but global leaderboards would have been so much more encouraging.
This kind of structure could have gone a long way to making WordSplash more than just a five or ten minute distraction. Something like challenges to form a certain word could have also helped here. WordSplash‘s benefit, in its ability to be so relaxing and minimal, is also its problem. There’s only so much fun to be had before it becomes forgettable.
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