I am a huge fan of word search games. I am a little embarrassed to admit it, but I even like them more than crossword puzzle games. It’s because you don’t have to think, you just have to look. When I was in college, I loved doing word searches to turn my brain off for a while when I was studying. Quirky Word Search may make your brain work a little bit more, but it is still a fun way to pass the time when you are bored.
The game is simple. Find the words that are hidden amongst the many letters on the grid. The complexity comes with trying to find words when the letters are upside-down, and backward. How do you know if that is an “M” or a “W”?
There are three different levels of difficulty. The harder the mode, the more letters there are on the screen. The words are not harder, nor are there more of them. It is simply that there are more letters on the screen.
Instead of all letters facing one direction, they face many different directions and some of them are even backwards. This confusion tactic sends your brain into overdrive so you have to think harder to find the right combination of letters.
Players can change the background setting to six different themes. Not only does it change the background color, but it also changes the font style. If you have trouble reading the letters, change the background to Times Roman for good, solid, black letters. It helps a lot.
You can also play against others through Game Center by selecting “Challenge” in the menu screen. I tried to play against a random player and after five minutes was still not connected, so I don’t know how well the online multiplayer mode works.
There are a couple of problems with the user interface that make this game a little annoying. First of all, the game plays a chime whenever you find a word. No matter how much you adjust the volume on your device, it never gets louder or quieter. The only way to adjust the sound at all is to turn it off in the settings menu.
Additionally, the multiplayer mode does not work very well. I was never able to successfully play against another person.
Lastly, even in hard mode, the game is just not that challenging. It could be that there are not enough words on the list or letters on the grid, but I was able to beat every game in two or three minutes, no matter what the difficulty setting was.
The full game is only $0.99 and it unlocks 18,000 words and all of the background settings. However, I recommend playing the lite version first to see if you think it is challenging enough to make it worth the full price. Otherwise, as a free game it is fantastic.
What I liked: The twisted words adds to the fun of an otherwise simple puzzle game.
What I didn’t like: The audio can’t be adjusted and the game is a bit too easy.
To Buy or not to Buy: I suggest downloading the free version first. The game is fun, but not particularly challenging. If you like the level of difficulty you get in the free version, then the full game is worth the price.
- Name: Quirky Word Search
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Tom Goode
- Price: $0.99