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PopCap's Bookworm Heroes launched on the App Store last week, and following the game's success on Facebook and the previous entries' widespread popularity, fans of word games were particularly excited to pop in and start flinging word attacks on iOS devices. However, as we discovered in our review of Bookworm Heroes — which posted yesterday – the game's free-to-play model proved a bit severe, and made it difficult to simply play the game without feeling obligated to spend money.
Acknowledging the feedback and criticisms, along with the first week's worth of player data, PopCap reached out to let us know that going forward, players will no longer need to spend in-game currency to "rent" a hero character. One will be available free each week in a rotating fashion, with Lex currently useable without charge. Razor will be the next free character of the week beginning tomorrow, and PopCap says it'll use push notifications, Facebook updates, and refreshed banners to alert players about the ever-changing cost-free character.
Good news: this is getting a bit more reasonable.
Moreover, the studio will address other concerns about the game's free-to-play model in a larger update set to go live tomorrow morning. The update will improve Bookworm Heroes' ability to automatically clear stagnant games – a significant issue noted in our appraisal – and also allow for more simultaneous ongoing games. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the full scope of the update, but with luck, the alterations will make for a friendlier turn-based word game, as we quite liked the core experience buried behind the issues.
We plan to take a fresh look at the game once the update is live, since the changes are coming so quickly after our review posted, and will have new impressions on the site in the near future.