by Lory Gil
August 2, 2012
WORDPLAY™ ($1.99) by Springy LLC is a social game that is similar to Scrabble, but different in so many ways. Take all of the rules you’ve ever know about word creation games and throw them out of the window because this one breaks them all.
You must log into Facebook to play this game. Once logged in, you can find friends that are already playing, or send them a message to invite them to a game. You can also choose a random player for a “Quick Match.” If you have the first turn, play as many or as few letters as you like (minimum of three letters per word). You can make multiple words by attaching letters diagonally or horizontally on the same turn. You don’t have to wait until the next time to make more words. Use all eight of your letters if you like. The words are scored and then they drop to the bottom of the screen. The next player can then either create a separate word, use the letters that are at the bottom of the screen, or both. As they fall to the bottom of the board, they will make new words that add to your score. For example, you could put down letters to create the word, “Hate.” When they fall, depending on what letters are already on the board and where they sit, you may also end up creating the words, chat, haste, hat, or taste. The more you make, the higher your score. I suggest making words that run horizontally so that you have more chances to create new ones. If there is no one to play against when you choose a random player, a computer-generated character will take over. So, you don’t have to worry about waiting for a new game to start. It would be nice if you could log into Game Center as well as Facebook in order to generate more player options. You can log into Game Center, but only to track your achievements. It would also help to be able to adjust the AI character’s difficulty level if it seems like the game is too one-sided.
This app is great for fans of word games. It is hard to figure out the rules at first. It almost seems like there aren’t any. However, after a couple of rounds, it starts to make sense. The price is a little high for what you get, but the game is entertaining. If you love word games, you might enjoy WORDPLAY. There is a free version if you’d like to see if it is worth the download before paying the premium price.