iPad Game Review: If You Love Word Games, Take a Look at Hooked on Words

Hooked on Words is a versatile word game with several different game modes that word game enthusiasts will enjoy.

In this game, the goal is to spell words in order to earn points. Using two or more letters, you can use your finger to spell out a word. Words can go forwards, backwards, up, down, and diagonally.

There are four different game modes: standard, timed, collapse, and scramble. In each mode, the goal is the same – earn as many points as possible.

Standard mode is the regular game where you will spell as many words as possible before you run out of game tiles, while timed mode adds a two minute timer.

Collapse continually adds new rows of letters, and in scramble, letters won’t disappear after you spell words – instead, you’ll spell as many words as you can with the existing tiles.

All of the modes include bonus tiles, which will multiply your score for even more points. There are also leaderboards for each mode, and your ultimate goal in this game is to make your way to the top of the boards.

In addition to leaderboards, you can also track the top words that you’ve spelled and share your scores with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Hooked on Words is a free app, but the game has incredibly intrusive ads that take away from the gameplay. This likely isn’t a problem for some people, but I had a hard time playing when interrupted with a full screen 15 second video ad. Luckily, you can spend $0.99 to remove the ads from the game, which makes it far more playable.

Hooked on Words is similar to one of my favorite games, W.E.L.D.E.R, and it is a simple app that’s great for both kids and adults. With all of the different game modes, you’re sure to find something that you love.

What I liked: There’s a lot of variety with several game modes, so there’s something for everyone in this game.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t like the popup ads or the video ads. After a video ad played, it did not automatically quit back to the game, which was irritating. The game froze up twice after playing an ad, and I had to quit and restart to continue playing. I also found the gameplay to be too simplistic compared to other word games in the App Store.

To buy or not to buy: This is a free app, so it’s worth downloading to see if it suits your taste. If you like it, you can get rid of the ads for less than a dollar, which is a good deal.

  • App Name: Hooked on Words
  • Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Plasmaworks
  • Price: Free, $0.99 to remove ads.
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