Word games on the App Store are far and plenty, with most of them much too generic to really make a splash.
Games such as Words With Friends, though, has largely been successful due to its social appeal, along with boasting of a “Scrabble for everyone” type of motto.
I’ve played a fair share of word games throughout the App Store, and quite honestly, the only game that I loved and still love is Words With Friends. The others don’t have much of a lasting appeal, and many get old without achievements, stats, or brain-crunching gameplay.
Enter Wooords, a new word game that uses the idea of alphabet fridge magnets to create a game. It’s not unique or original by any means, but the three gameplay modes and tons of achievements allow for quite a thrill ride. One of the game modes — Challenge — also allows you to try and beat other people’s scores with a certain set of letters, going as long as you want to try and achieve the highest score.
While I would like to see some better word recognition and for it to work out some achievement bugs, Wooords is undoubtedly the cream of the crop of word games.
Artwork: The artwork looks very similar to No Monkeys’s Alphabetic, which was released a long, long time ago. I love the art style, though, and it definitely brings back memories of those fridge magnets.
Content/Replay Value: There are around 30 different puzzles in the classic mode, all of which would take at least 5 hours to complete. On top of that, the two additional gameplay modes add a ton of replay value to the game as a whole. Add in a slew of GameCenter achievements, and you’re set to play this game for a good 8-10 hours total, depending on how much you really like the game. For me personally, this is the only game I’ve been playing aside from the occasional Deadlock Online.
The “it” factor: In great games, there’s always that something I like to call the “it” factor; something that makes you come back to the game, but you can’t really describe it in words. Wooords has that, and it keeps me coming back for more and more and more. I don’t know why, other than the fact that it’s just plain fun. You can sit there for a few hours at a time, or a few minutes while waiting at the doctor’s office. It’s accessible, enjoyable, and best of all, it makes you think. I love games like this, and Wooords executes almost everything to perfection.
Word recognition: The game does have some trouble recognizing words at times, and I have to move the letters back and forth for it to finally explode in stars and give me some points. It’s not a huge deal and not a deal-breaker by any means, but it is noticeable.
I love Wooords. This is a great game that everyone should play, and there’s really no reason for you not to. Every once in a while a great game is released, and Wooords is just that diamond in the rough. Do yourself a favor and pick it up: it’s universal, addictive, and exercises your brain. What more could you ask for?
Wooords was developed by Stray Robot Games, and I played through version 1.1.1 on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The price is $0.99.