Word Search Plus, by developer Webst Games, is a well designed and feature rich, yet uncluttered, example of a word search app for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. If you have any interest in word puzzles or word searches, this bargain app will be your commuting buddy for many hours of letter hunting fun.
Word Search Plus offers exactly the kind of gameplay you’d expect from a good word search app: A field full of scattered letters, a word list at the bottom, and a timer to make you feel guilty for taking so long. Getting to the actual gameplay is speedy and simple—as simple as pushing a button, in fact. If you’re unfamiliar with word searches, the handy help button comes with more than enough information to get you started. Likewise, the settings offer a wealth of variations for you to mess with, including the ability to change the background for easier-on-the-eyes letter hunting.
Several different difficulty settings are offered, including two harder modes which must be unlocked before they can be played. The boon of these modes is also what makes them most intimidating: There’s no given word list. Player’s must search for words themselves, all on their lonesome in a forest of vowels and consonants. Thankfully, for those of us who aren’t so good at word searches, the Easy mode was nice and simple, yet challenging enough to be fun.
The feature I liked most about the iPhone app is its rich, category-based content. Under settings, the player can choose from a wealth of available topics, which are then used to create word lists. These categories include, but are in now way limited to: United States cities; history; computers; sports; and food. I fancied the cities option, as the pleasant fun of finding a city in a pile of words was to my liking. In addition, any words you are unfamiliar with can be looked up at the end of a match, making Word Search Plus educational to boot.
Overall Value and Fun Factor:
At a simple dollar, I find Word Search Plus an easy recommendation to word lovers and puzzlers alike. I have never been good at word searches, but that still didn’t stop me from enjoying the challenge of finding hidden words, nor the ultimate thrill of completing an entire list of them. If word searches form your favorite grade school memories, then Word Search Plus will be right up your alley. With heaps of categories, multiple difficulty settings, and a very reasonable price, Word Search Plus is an excellent word puzzler that will feel right at home on any casual gamer’s iDevice.
Word Search Plus iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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