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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on March 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIGITAL POP-UP
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words is an app with a lot of polish as well as content.
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Four Letters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY ADDICTIVE
Simple yet addictive is what works so well for Four Letters.
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FastWord Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 5th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WORD STRATEGIES
Create words fast or slow. It's your call in strategy focused and fun, FastWord.
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Fire Words Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on September 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A GAME OF ICE AND FIRE
Fire Words is a solid word-building game that offers a compelling hint of urgency. It's ... hot.
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LEX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET LEXICAL
Create words from letter tiles in this mostly derivative yet reasonable word game.
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Vocabulary.com Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL AND FUN
Educational yet fun, Vocabulary.com is an entertaining tool for boosting one's vocabulary.
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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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Words & Cards Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: POKER WORDS
Make poker cards and create words in this fun mix of two popular competitive genres.
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Stop Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on February 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WORDPLAY FUN
Guess words quickly based upon a randomly assigned letter and a bunch of categories in this fun and competitive word game.
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Word Science Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLY WORDY
Create words from a series of tiles in this simple yet fun word game.
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Letterverse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: 3D WORDPLAY
Take on friends and foes in this infectious 3D word-building puzzle game.
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SpellGrid+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLEXIBLE WORD CREATION
Create as many words as possible from one larger word, in this open ended and enjoyable word game.
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Spell Collapse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHALLENGING WORDPLAY
With plenty of options for creating huge words, Spell Collapse will appeal to those who want to take their time creating words.
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Charade Parade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PARTY POSING
Charade Parade is a pretty cool idea that fumbles slightly in one very important area.
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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.