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Coolson’s Pocket Pack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on May 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WORDPLAY FUN
Coolson’s Pocket Pack is a polished word game, a great distraction for adults.
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Word Explorer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on April 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAME ADVENTURE
Word Explorer is an easy-going word game that lets players collect photographs as they spell out solutions.
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Word Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on March 31st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A (LITTLE) MONSTER OF A WORD GAME
Word Monsters won't keep hardcore word game fans occupied for long, but younger players will love the cute, friendly visuals.
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Playing Favorites Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on March 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FILL IN THE [BLANK]
Playing Favorites scratches that Cards Against Humanity itch in a much less crass manner. As un-crass as scratching oneself in public can ever be, that is.
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Morph'em Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on January 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BOGGLE FOR THE NEW AGE
The hype of Words with Friends may have died down some. So if anyone is looking for something that isn't a total knock off of a classic board game and gives them that competitive spark, Morph'em is their game!
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Tug of Words Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: WAR OF THE WORDS
Tug of Words is a competitive multiplayer word game that combines elements of Scrabble and Boggle.
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Word Up Dog Review

Posted by Rob Rich on February 25th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Sarah Northway
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

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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.

Word Derby Review

Posted by Rob Rich on December 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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The iOS world has seen its fair share of word game hybrids that encompass virtually every conceivable combination out there. And yet, new ones are still popping up. New ones like Word Derby that partner spelling with what can best be described as “those weird racing games at carnivals where people spray water at tiny targets to make their rider on a stick go faster.” It’s as unlikely a pairing as I could imagine, and yet it works exceedingly well.

The ultimate goal of Word Derby is to just have fun competing with other players. Sure there are some riders (many with special abilities) that can be unlocked but the real focus in simply on playing. Experience is earned and levels are gained with each turn taken that provide players with special profile badges to show off, but they’re just for show. The race is the thing here. Once a match is set up (between 2 and 4 players) and a bet placed (players bet tickets; the game’s all important currency), both players are given a small set of jumbled letters and are tasked with spelling something. The first letter is locked in, however, and all players’ turns are submitted simultaneously, which not only complicates things but penalizes the submission of two of the same word with zero points. It can happen, believe me.

Word Derby’s presentation is pretty neat in that it’s like an adorable cartoon carnival game. The characters are weird and cute at the same time, and everything just seems “friendly.” Playing it is also a lot of fun, which surprises me a little since I was a bit wary of the simultaneous turns thing. But it adds an element of excitement to each round. “Did the other person find the same word I did? Did they find a better one? Are they using a power-up to boost their chances?” As does the bonus points meter that gets more and more empty the longer a turn takes to complete. But those power-ups, wow. What’s clever about their implementation is that none of them are game winners, they can only be used once per game, and players have to pay for each use with their own tickets. So no spamming and no decided advantage for players with a larger bankroll.

It’s unfortunate that Word Derby can only be played with an online connection (i.e. no subway play), but that’s sort of how it goes with multiplayer-only games. And while the inclusion of a pass-and-play option is nice, it’s fairly pointless when the game needs an online connection to simply start up. Still, once a game (or several) is going it can be plenty of fun. Especially earning the ticket pot after coming in first.

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Word Bird Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BIRD REALLY IS THE WORD
Spell words using a jumble of letters, collect coins to boost scores, and even unlock new rules to earn even more bank in one dynamite avian word game.
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War of Words Apocalypse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE SAME
War of Words Apocalypse might look like a rehash of an all-too-familiar favorite, but that's just on the surface. Go a little deeper and it becomes a rather hectic battle of cunning, luck, and of course spelling.
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WordTag Review

By Lisa Caplan on November 9th, 2012
WordTag is an online multiplayer word game where players guess words with words.
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Spell Rift Review

By Eli Cymet on October 31st, 2012
The puzzle pros at Kieffer Bros. send players on a search for the Well of Words in a meticulously crafted experience that captures the curiosity and wonder of language.
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Verbosity Review

By Lisa Caplan on October 28th, 2012
Verbosity is groovy new anagrams game with a retro vibe.
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Word Smack isn't as Visceral as it Sounds, but it's Still Nifty

Posted by Rob Rich on October 25th, 2012

Who doesn’t love a good word game? Nobody, that’s who! With this in mind EA Mobile is working on Word Smack, a new free-to-play spelling puzzler that takes its cues from Mastermind and Hangman.

Word Smack is, at its core, an asynchronous multiplayer word game where the highest score wins the match. Players will have to guess their assigned words using only a couple of hints and their personal spelling knowledge, with proper guesses leading to new words and potentially more points. Once they’ve exhausted their allotted 15 guesses their turn is over, however, so it pays to stop and think for a bit rather than charge blindly ahead. Of course that’s just the first round. The two that follow get progressively more difficult but also yield higher points. So really, it’s the final round that can make all the difference. Assuming someone hasn’t totally botched the first two, anyway.

Word Smack is due out this fall, and it won’t set you back a single pe--y.

Ordet Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Dale Culp on August 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ELEGANT BUT DULL
Ordet is a simple word game with finely detailed graphics. But are good looks all it has going for it?
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