Boggle for the iPhone a Brand New Twist on an Old Favorite

Price: $2.99    Score: 7/10    By Kristi GrayBoggle

Who didn’t love Boggle as a kid?  Developed by Electronic Arts, the classic word game is now available on iTunes.  With the same addictive word-searching gameplay, but shiny new graphics, Boggle is a challenging mental workout for all ages.

Boggle is played in three modes—Classic, Advanced and Self-Score. Classic Mode works like other similar word games in the App Store. You have three minutes to come up with as many words are you can by sliding your finger across the tiles connecting letters horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Instead of shaking dice like in the original game, you shake your phone and the letters fall on your screen.

The words you form are written to the left of the screen.  At the end of the game, it shows you your total score along with the complete word list in alphabetical order.  There is one slight annoyance – if you make a mistake, an x pops up on the last letter of the word and you have to touch it to clear the word and move on.

The Advanced Mode is played like the Classic Mode except it adds a new twist—the first and last letters switch places each time you find a word so the board is constantly changing.  Add a panic flip and get a whole new board in the last twenty seconds.  You are also able to configure your own play time from one to ten minutes—an option you don’t have in similar games.  The Self-Score Mode provides you with a board and a timer so all you need is pencil and paper and a few friends, just like old times. And if you’re a nerd like me, you will love the long list of statistics Boggle keeps on your playing time and game skills.

The main drawback of the game is the lack of a pass-and-play feature.  The only way to play with someone else is to email them a challenge.  This seems like it could have been an easily implemented feature but hopefully we’ll see it in future updates.  At $2.99, Boggle is well-priced for a brand name title and its many features should satisfy word nerds.

Boggle requires the iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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