I love a good word game. In fact, my word games are the first I reach towards when I’m using my iPad or my iPhone for fun, or while in a waiting room or long line. For that reason, I’m always on the lookout for another fantastic word game, and in that respect, Puzzlejuice definitely delivers.
Puzzlejuice is a brain-twisting combination of a falling-block puzzle and a word game. Think Tetris mixed with Boggle. It’s fast-paced, and will have you racing to place blocks and spell words at the same time.
The game board essentially looks a lot like Tetris, and you will start by matching up like-colored blocks. When you have three or more of the same color blocks stacked up, you can tap them to reveal letters. When you fill a row, all of those blocks also turn to letters.
Normally, in Tetris, just filling a row would be enough to clear the board, but in Puzzlejuice, you have to fill rows with letters and then spell words to make the blocks disappear.
This is a lot harder than it sounds, since you’ve always got continually falling blocks to manage while you’re trying to spell words. When you do spell a word, it’ll be removed from the board, leaving space for new blocks to fall. The goal, as in Tetris, is to never let the screen fill up.
There are two different difficulty modes, plus a zen mode. In Hard Mode, all of the blocks around each match will explode, making it tough to lose. In Euro Hard Mode, only words with five or more letters will explore the bricks nearby, so it’s a lot harder to clear the board of unwanted blocks and letters.
The game gives you a list of objectives to meet, and these are the levels. Some examples include getting a certain score, spelling a certain number of words, or activating a certain number of power ups. As the levels progress, you will not be able to complete these objectives unless you switch to Euro Hard Mode (which the game prompts you to do when you’re playing well).
Once you’re used to the game, Euro Hard Mode is definitely the best way to play, and it quickly becomes addictive. To make Puzzlejuice a bit more exciting, there are several power ups to unlock, like tornado (which scrambles all the blocks) and freeze, which will briefly stop blocks from falling.
For a time challenge, try Zen Mode, where the goal is to get the highest score possible in 90 seconds. All three modes have leaderboards in Game Center, so you can challenge your friends to see who’s the Puzzlejuice master.
What I liked: Puzzlejuice is a fantastic word/puzzle game. I’ve actually had it on my iPad for nearly a month now, and I’m still addicted to playing it and topping my high scores in Euro Hard Mode.
What I didn’t like: I have no complaints about the game, but I would really like to see Game Center achievements in addition to the leaderboards, and I think a multiplayer mode would be fantastic.
To buy or not to buy: Buy, definitely. This is a solid game that any fan of word games will love.
- App Name: Puzzlejuice
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Asher Vollmer
- Price: $1.99