WordBox Mixes Match-Three with Word Games – iPad App Review

Wordbox LogoIf you are a fan of word games like Letterpress and Letris 2, and you love matching games like Bejeweled, then you’re in for a treat. WordBox combines both types of games for a fantastic word adventure.

Players find words on a grid that is filled with letter tiles. It looks a lot like a word search game. However, the letters aren’t stationary and they are not necessarily laid out in a particular order. Just because there is a “C,” “R,” and “Y” next to each other, doesn’t mean they were put there intentionally. It is just the way the chips fall, or tiles in this instance.

When you create a word, the tiles disappear and new ones drop down. The bigger the words that you create, the more points you earn and nearby tiles will also be removed.

In Quest mode, each level has three tasks. Players must find a certain number of words that are of a certain number of letters. For example, “Find three words that have five letters.” They must also reach a minimum score, like 800 points. The third task involves finding a specific word. This is the hardest task because words aren’t intentionally created in this game. If you are supposed to find the word, “Live,” you may have to manipulate the letters in order to get them near each other.

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In Classic mode, players make as many words as possible within the given time. New words add seconds to the clock, so you could potentially play the game forever.

Go-Go mode is untimed and there are no tasks. Players take their time, finding big words and trying to clear the board without worrying about anything. In Rush mode, players must keep the board clear, even though new tiles drop onto the screen every 10 seconds. This part of the game is more like Tetris.

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Players can reshuffle the tiles as many times as they like without paying a penalty. This is a good way to get letters next to each other that will spell out your special word. You can also request a hint. The hints are limited, but you can buy more with the crystals you collect during Quest mode.

If you prefer playing with others, you can join a game in Multiplayer mode. You can either be teamed up with a random player in Game Center, or invite your friends to play against you. You’ll be able to show off your word finding skills against the whole world.

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What I Liked: The graphics are very nice. Everything looks sleek and attractive. The game is lots of fun. I like mixing word games with matching games.

What I Didn’t Like: I was never able to find a random player in Multiplayer mode. Maybe when the game gets more popular, a team-up will be faster, but for now it is a minimum two-minute wait. I am also not a fan of games that cost money to download and offer in-app purchases on top. The things for sale in the store are just extras, but it is the principle that matters.

To Buy or Not to Buy: If you like word games and matching games, this is a great combination of the two.

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