Word games are very popular around my house. Scrabble, Boggle, UpWords, you get the picture. So, it should come as no surprise that I have a few word games on my iPhone as well. The latest one that I have been playing is Wordulous [iTunes] by 99Games (they also created another fantastic word game, WordsWorth).
After being greeted by the game’s mascot, (she is the the very model of a spelling bee champion), the player can choose from three modes of operation: Practice, Examination and Challenge.
To get the hang of the game, it’s good to start out in the Practice mode: make as many words as you can from the six letters provided, no time limit. Once you have identified at least five words, you can request that the board be cleared for six new letters to work with. Additionally, if you can figure out the six letter word (and there is always at least one), you can choose to play the bonus game to answer a trivia question by re-arranging the letters of the answer.
Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time for your Examination! While the game play is the same as it was in practice, now you’re also racing to beat the clock and get the highest score possible in three minutes. My best score is currently 6,784, but there are several scores over 25,000 on the all-time leader-board at the Wordulous web site. Depending on your score, the game’s mascot awards you a character ranking (like Magician, which is what I got for my 6,000+ score).
The Challenge mode allows you to match up against your friends from Facebook or your phone contact list. I didn’t track down any of my contacts to play in this mode for the review, but it sounds intriguing enough that I will give it a try at some point.
The game has a few color settings available to customize the experience. If you turn off music, you can listen to tunes from your iPod while you play. You can also choose to play with seven letters which increases the number of words possible for each round (and makes it that much harder to find the elusive word that utilizes all of the given letters). Three different word lists are available as well: SOWPODS (267,000 British and American words), TWL (179,000 American words), ENABLE (173,000 North American words).
Wordulous is a 100% anti-KRAPPS Certified game which is both fun and challenging for wordsmiths and word wizards. And, at 99 cents [iTunes], it’s also a steal of a deal.