Posts Tagged: Word games

Word Triangle

When I was little, we would buy puzzle magazines–the ones from Penny Press, the big “Variety Packs”. And then I went to college, and I continued buying them. But not any more, since I can get so many of the pencil-and-paper puzzles as an iPad game. Word Triangle is one of those — 7 words, starting with 1 letter going up to 7, each word using the letters of the one before it +1. And a clue for each of the words. Great and simple classic puzzle. Word Triangle, though, just doesn’t have what it needs to pull it off. The interface is clunky (e.g., the keyboard is not QWERTY), the dictionary is just OK, and the clues –in the same puzzle — swing from way too easy to way not. I will keep looking.

Survival Score: Trudged through 7 puzzles. Then deleted.

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Word Triangle

When I was little, we would buy puzzle magazines–the ones from Penny Press, the big “Variety Packs”. And then I went to college, and I continued buying them. But not any more, since I can get so many of the pencil-and-paper puzzles as an iPad game. Word Triangle is one of those — 7 words, starting with 1 letter going up to 7, each word using the letters of the one before it +1. And a clue for each of the words. Great and simple classic puzzle. Word Triangle, though, just doesn’t have what it needs to pull it off. The interface is clunky (e.g., the keyboard is not QWERTY), the dictionary is just OK, and the clues –in the same puzzle — swing from way too easy to way not. I will keep looking.

Survival Score: Trudged through 7 puzzles. Then deleted.

Jibber Jabber

This is like mastermind, but with words. You know, that game where you have to guess which 5 color pegs go in which order. Here you are given a couple letters of a word, and you have to guess what the word is. The game tells you if you have a letter correct, and whether it is in the correct place or not. You only get a certain number of guesses, and a certain amount of time. I like the words in the dictionary, and when I get a word right, I like getting the reward — a compliment, such as “You’re Awesome!” Who doesn’t like that? It’s fast paced, and automatically loads you to a new word.

Survival Score: Permanent spot, 30-45 min game play per session

Jibber Jabber

This is like mastermind, but with words. You know, that game where you have to guess which 5 color pegs go in which order. Here you are given a couple letters of a word, and you have to guess what the word is. The game tells you if you have a letter correct, and whether it is in the correct place or not. You only get a certain number of guesses, and a certain amount of time. I like the words in the dictionary, and when I get a word right, I like getting the reward — a compliment, such as “You’re Awesome!” Who doesn’t like that? It’s fast paced, and automatically loads you to a new word.

Survival Score: Permanent spot, 30-45 min game play per session

Scramble

I can’t help myself when it comes to Boggle-type games. When they are against the computer, I have to delete the game after about a week because I play them endlessly, like I’m addicted to them. In fact, it’s exactly like an addiction. Scramble I haven’t had to delete because i can’t play endlessly for hours on end. It’s like having a friend say “you’ve had enough, give me your keys, you’re not driving.”

This Zynga game sets you up with 3-round matches against real people (or amazingly life-like bots), or your own friends from facebook. But each game costs a token. You can use different power-ups (my favorites are freeze for extra time and vision that suggests additional words), and these too cost tokens. The tokens accumulate over time, but you can only have a certain maximum number, and when they are gone you have to wait for them to accumulate again. Well, you could buy more, but I’m not THAT much of an addict. I bought the paid version, which allows a higher maximum and which accumulates tokens more quickly. There is also a limit to how many 3-round matches you can have going at once (somewhere around 20 or so). And you have to wait for the other person to take their turn before it comes back to you. So, all of those things make this a much safer game for me!

Zynga keeps track of my scores and offers to find a random opponent who generally scores in your same range. I’ve found this to be generally satisfying, with some opponents a little better than me, and some a little worse. And more than a few where we are evenly matched. There are a couple of mismatches, but I usually resign those after the first round.

The dictionary is pretty good. The interface is not built for iPad, but it’s ok. And the letters have different points like in Scrabble, which adds a layer of strategy. Survival score: Immortal

Scramble

I can’t help myself when it comes to Boggle-type games. When they are against the computer, I have to delete the game after about a week because I play them endlessly, like I’m addicted to them. In fact, it’s exactly like an addiction. Scramble I haven’t had to delete because i can’t play endlessly for hours on end. It’s like having a friend say “you’ve had enough, give me your keys, you’re not driving.”

This Zynga game sets you up with 3-round matches against real people (or amazingly life-like bots), or your own friends from facebook. But each game costs a token. You can use different power-ups (my favorites are freeze for extra time and vision that suggests additional words), and these too cost tokens. The tokens accumulate over time, but you can only have a certain maximum number, and when they are gone you have to wait for them to accumulate again. Well, you could buy more, but I’m not THAT much of an addict. I bought the paid version, which allows a higher maximum and which accumulates tokens more quickly. There is also a limit to how many 3-round matches you can have going at once (somewhere around 20 or so). And you have to wait for the other person to take their turn before it comes back to you. So, all of those things make this a much safer game for me!

Zynga keeps track of my scores and offers to find a random opponent who generally scores in your same range. I’ve found this to be generally satisfying, with some opponents a little better than me, and some a little worse. And more than a few where we are evenly matched. There are a couple of mismatches, but I usually resign those after the first round.

The dictionary is pretty good. The interface is not built for iPad, but it’s ok. And the letters have different points like in Scrabble, which adds a layer of strategy. Survival score: Immortal

Word Hunter HD

I love word searches…in printed word search books. Hard to find good ones on the iPad, because there is an art to making a good word search. You can’t just throw one together. You have to choose words with a theme, and then you have to lay tricky traps like having almost-but-not-quite letter patterns placed strategically to throw you off the scent of the word. Ahhh. Nothing like it. Word hunter does reasonably well at this, with several different sized boards an added bonus, including a respectable large board. I was all set to give it 4 stars. BUT THEN…I played the challenge mode. WOW. Timed rounds where the board gets progressively harder and the words progressively more obscure. Reminded me of she I was young -my sister and I would play the same word search at the same time, racing to find each word before the other and crossing it off. Exhilarating.

Word Hunter HD

I love word searches…in printed word search books. Hard to find good ones on the iPad, because there is an art to making a good word search. You can’t just throw one together. You have to choose words with a theme, and then you have to lay tricky traps like having almost-but-not-quite letter patterns placed strategically to throw you off the scent of the word. Ahhh. Nothing like it. Word hunter does reasonably well at this, with several different sized boards an added bonus, including a respectable large board. I was all set to give it 4 stars. BUT THEN…I played the challenge mode. WOW. Timed rounds where the board gets progressively harder and the words progressively more obscure. Reminded me of she I was young -my sister and I would play the same word search at the same time, racing to find each word before the other and crossing it off. Exhilarating.