Scrabble and poker may seem like an unlikely pair, but the two have joined forces in Words & Cards, a new free-to-play puzzler from Ayopa Games. The result is unique to be sure—a colorful blend of vocabulary and card-playing that provides a few engaging sessions of casual, online head-to-head play. Over time, unfortunately, it becomes evident that Words & Cards lacks any real sense of depth or replayability. Like a beta still in its testing phase, this game sadly feels incomplete.
In a marketplace chock full of free-to-play word games, Bookworm Heroes plays like a clear attempt to take back the mantle. PopCap didn’t invent casual word puzzles, but its Bookworm franchise certainly had a hand in its popularity. This asynchronous multiplayer entry boasts spritely animations and well-balanced word fighting mechanics, and serves as a nicely modernized successor to the franchise's name.
After a short holiday hiatus, Free App Friday has returned! This week's selection, Ruzzle, may "boggle" your mind with its roots in a certain Parker Brothers turned Hasbro property, but the game puts its own spin on the word-finding classic.
Word games like Scrabble are great, but their classic sensibilities can sometimes feel a little staid. If you’re looking for something a little more mobile, you might want to give QatQi a try—it feels similar enough to the familiar formula, yet is a fresh take that has you “moving” around a darkened map looking for coins and multiplier bonus tiles. Yes, it’s rather interesting.
NIt's almost certainly not pulling in as many users as Words With Friends, but the App Store's buzziest word game right now is Letterpress, an elegantly designed asynchronous experience that even loops in territorial control elements. And it's a slick freebie that actually lives up to the hype. Spawned by Tweetie creator Atebits, Letterpress is a marvel of minimalistic design.
Word Off is like a sleazy used car salesman shilling a fine product. The underlying game may be sharp, tense, and original, but it's mired in a scuzzy business model. At its core, Word Off presents a smart mix between a word game and a strategy title. You play on a board comprised of hexagonal tiles, each containing a letter, and begin with a cluster of occupied spaces in one corner while your opponent starts with the same in the opposite corner.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
It seems like every week the Mac|Lifecrew is addicted to another app. It's not affected by genre, price, or even the amount of fun we're having, but rather what we've downloaded most recently. The sharing process usually starts the same too, someone says "Hey other editor, have you played this game?" And then all the sudden everyone's playing it and we can't stop. But of all the addicting apps we've found, these are the ones that we just can't stop playing, no matter how hard we try.