MAG Interactive is giving Ruzzle a great big birthday update. The app is a free to play word puzzle game that lets players challenege their friends to find as many words as possible from a set number of letters in two minutes.
The new update comes with the introduction of levels. You 'll be able to set new personal records and unlock features as you beat each level. The app will also allow you to customize your avatar now and use widgets that will give you additional statistics regarding a user’s playing history and personal progress.
Ruzzle 2.0 will also now hold tournaments! You'll face off against 19 other players in a spelling championship where you can win in-game coins.
Help Ruzzle celebrate its birthday by downloading it for free on the App Store.
Simple Machine has released a new update for LEX, the game that has you combining letters to form words before time runs out. This update adds a daily letter challenge using a different letter each day. For those of you that excel at spelling, there's a trophy room to display your feats. The game now also includes a dictionary and a new end game screen that will display your top ten scores.
You can download the new and improved LEX for $1.99 on the App Store.
Have you ever wanted to spell words in new and exotic places? Zynga thought so! They have released their newest game, Words On Tour, in which you will travel to places such as Tokyo, Cairo, and London. Unfortunately travel is not without its hazards. You'll have to overcome things like bad weather and roadblocks to get to your destination.
As a sort of successor to Words With Friends, Words On Tour is also a social game. You can play with your friends and help them out by giving them bonus lives. The game has hundreds of puzzles including Hidden Phrases where you find words to solve a phrase, Catch the Bus where you must get pas obstacles and find your bus, and Collection, which has you collecting passport stamps and tiles.
Words On Tour is available to download for free on the App Store now.
Zynga'sWords with Friends will be hitting its fifth anniversary very soon, and to celebrate 7.7 billion games played (and many, many uses of the word "qi" over the past 1800ish days), the game has been refreshed into New Words With Friends - now with some much-requested features.
The most requested feature was Solo Play, which now makes its début in the updated version of the app. Solo play allows players to practice without an Internet connection or direct opponent, with the game adjusting to the level of the player to still provide them with a challenge.
Community Matches, meanwhile, allow players to opt-in, search through a series of profile cards, and find themselves potential new opponents to face off against. Profiles are also new, with stats including high score, number of games completed, and average word score now available to show off to both your friends and recent opponents.
New Words With Friends is available now on the App Store and is worth 99 points free to download.
Developer: Sarah Northway Price: $1.99
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
Graphics / Sound Rating: User Interface Rating: Gameplay Rating: Re-use / Replay Value Rating:
It’s interesting to think that the same mind behind the absolutely stellar (and in my opinion criminally under-looked) Rebuild could also be responsible for creating a Roguelike word game featuring a hip hop dog. Then again it makes a weird kind of sense. And despite the enormous gulf between genres, Word Up Dog is pretty much just as much of a time-eater as its less family-friendly older sibling.
So how does such a bizarre concept work? With a dog that’s more 80s than the 80s falling through a hole and getting trapped underground. In order to find his way home he needs to gather bones and dig his way out. Bones function as both a currency and a sort of energy meter: they can be used to buy power-ups as well as dig through dirt. Digging serves multiple purposes as it’s necessary to reach the level’s exit, find more bones, and acquire letters. The letters are, of course, the real stars of the show since they’re essential to earning even more bones and hopefully making it out in once piece.
Word Up Dog has a lot going for it whether or not players like the over the top 80s aesthetic. The levels are randomly generated which keeps replays from becoming stale. A number of vending machines as well as friendly animals can be found and each dispenses a different kind of handy item or tile that can completely turn a bad situation around. Later levels include enemies (of a sort) that can convert vowels to consonants and vice-versa. Which is all great stuff but my personal favorite is by far the random challenge feature that will toss increasingly difficult (yet totally optional) word-related tasks at players for bonus bones. There’s nothing quite like desperately digging for a “G” while the clock runs down in order to make a six-letter word and hopefully earn enough to access the end of the level.
If there was one thing I’d have to harp on Word Up Dog for, it would be the movement and digging controls. They aren’t really bad or anything, but they’re a little clunky since they’re oriented to what portion of the screen is tapped rather than a less screen obscuring directional pad. They only really become an issue when “enemies” that move when the puppy moves are introduced, and even then only slightly, but they’re still a bit of a problem.
Word Up Dog is an incredibly weird concept that seems all the more random when compared to the developer’s other releases, but that doesn’t make it any less amusing to play. It’s weird enough to enjoy without being too obtuse to follow. It’s also just plain goofy and worth showing off because it features animals dressed like rappers from the 80s: it practically sells itself.