The sequel to Back & Forth, an iOS title hailed by AppAdvice as an essential word search game, has finally arrived. And it promises to be fresher, leaner, and meaner.

Back & Forth 2 boasts more than 134,000 words to be searched across 24 new puzzles. These new puzzles result in new leaderboards of the same number — plus one for the new overall leaderboard.

The new game also comes with a new interface that lets you start a game faster and see relevant stats at a glance. This new interface is designed for Retina iPads and optimized for iPhone 5.

Moreover, Back & Forth 2 is said to feature a “special puzzle in each volume that will drive you truly mad.”

Back & Forth 2

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, Back & Forth 2 is available now in the App Store for free.

Right out of the box, Back & Forth 2 offers eight puzzles found in Volume 4. Also, it comes with a free trial of Daily Blitz, a three-minute timed game where you play against other players around the world.

In the likely event that you find yourself wanting more, you can unlock the full game for a one-time in-app purchase worth $0.99.

Like the original game, Back & Forth 2 lets you search words on the board in any straight direction. Also, it lets you rotate the board, whereupon the tiles react and drop to form new patterns.

Of course, it wouldn’t be called Back & Forth 2 if not for the option to swap two tiles by swiping your finger over them back and forth.