Supertype ($0.99) by Philipp Stollenmayer is a new word puzzle game that changes how you think about words. If you enjoyed games like Spelltower, Alphabear, and TypeShift, then Supertype is another fine addition to your word game collection.
As a writer, I have a thing for word games. They're relaxing for me and rather stimulating. Plus, I love words much more than numbers — it's kind of my thing, after all. While word games aren't filling up the App Store as they did a few years ago, I'm still always looking out for new ones, especially if they aren't just another Scrabble clone. I heard about Supertype a few months ago, and it was something so different that I couldn't wait for its release. Now it's finally here, and I must say, this is a completely fresh approach to word games in general, and it shouldn't be missed.
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Visually, Supertype has a unique and textured aesthetic style that makes it stand out from the crowd. The game is rendered completely in 2D, but features a textured background like canvases and wallpapers. The lines, shapes, and letters in each stage appear as if they're inked on the paper, which I love. There's nothing quite as satisfying as watching ink get absorbed into quality paper, and Supertype brings back those memories for me. Each stage is distinctive, and the sans serif typeface that the game uses is beautiful. Sans serif fonts with straight edges is my preferred kind of typography, so seeing it everywhere in Supertype made me happy. There's no base soundtrack to the game, but the sound effects as letters move around and hit other objects generates a one-of-a-kind soundtrack that'll be different for everyone. Supertype proves that sometimes, less is more.
Like many other puzzle games, Supertype is level-based. The game launches and places a puzzle in front of you, and gives you another once you solve it — rinse and repeat. The goal of Supertype is straightforward: have the letters touch all of the small squares together. You can tap on the "Home" button in the bottom left corner to reset a puzzle or go back to the level select screen.
While this sounds easy enough, it gets pretty tricky. You have to think about how certain letters fall, how much they weigh, and even how they sound. On every level, there are different shapes and objects laid out, and the squares you want are scattered about.
Controls in Supertype are intuitive and friendly enough for everyone. Tap on the screen to bring up the keyboard, and then type in some letters — it doesn't even have to be a real word, and you don't need to take up all of the indicated spaces. Just tap on the checkmark button on the keyboard and watch gravity do its thing. Other times, there are already letters put on the screen, and you must draw a line with your finger (not over the letters) to guide them to the squares. Sometimes there are fans that push letters up, and other objects that can affect where your letters go, so think about your letter choice and make use of them.
When you go back to the level selection screen, you can view completed stages with the letters you used, and you can also attempt the next few stages ahead of you, as a few get unlocked at a time. The game has over 100 puzzles, so there's some good bang for your buck here.
A letter based puzzler that isn't your traditional word game.
Supertype is a refreshing new word puzzle game that will appeal to many. The visuals are a nice mix of old timey and modern, especially those little buttons of various printed paper that splash onto the screen once you solve a puzzle. And while there's no static soundtrack, the sounds that each letter generates creates a nice dynamic track that's unique and fresh. The controls are easy to learn, and the gameplay itself is different, challenging, and fun. This is a word game that is unlike anything you've played before, and it's a refreshing addition for word game aficionados.
Supertype is packed with a lot of good stuff, but I did notice that it's a bit glitchy with the button to go to the level select screen. I noticed that sometimes it would appear in the bottom left corner, but sometimes it wouldn't be there, and only show up on the keyboard itself. It's a minor detail, but left me a bit puzzled at first.
As a lover of word games, Supertype is one that did not disappoint. The gameplay is interesting and makes me think about letters from a different perspective now, and it's just downright fun to watch and hear them get juggled around. The graphics are gorgeous, and everything runs pretty smoothly, aside from the glitch with the menu button. I'd recommend giving Supertype a try if you're in search of a word and puzzle game.