Tile Pile: Written iPhone App Review
Searching for a word game that appears simplistic, but can be brain challenging? Then look no further for Tile Pile from developer Wanderling Games is just the app for you! It is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad, and runs on iOS 4.3 or later.
When the user initially loads Tile Pile they are prompted with the following menu options: Tutorial, Warm Up, Normal, and Expert. The user will need to complete the “Tutorial” stage first before they can unlock the other levels. Basically the user will be given a word and a single letter and will be asked to transform the word into a different word by using the single letter tile as a replacement or an addition. The user will use the single tile to swap out a different tile in the existing word, by sliding the letter tile directly on top of the other tile then want to swap with. If they want to add the single letter tile to the existing word, the user will just slide the tile at the beginning or end or middle of the word. If they want to remove a letter, the user will drag the letter into the empty space where the single letter used to be. However, whether the user swaps, adds, or removes a letter, the word shown must be an actually word or the action will not be allowed.
Once the user unlocks the “Warm Up” level, they are venturing on their own to solve the letter riddles. The hints offered at this level are free, but as the user progresses to the high levels, that will no longer be the case. What is neat about this app, is when the user is trying to figure out how to swap a word to a different word, they are shown a definition of what the word means on the bottom of their screen, a great tool in brushing up people’s vocabulary skills and excellent for those who consider themselves as visual and/or kinesthetic learners.
Appearance and Layout:
The overall layout of Tile Pile is superb. With clean cut and minimal graphics, and easy to read wording, this app is very easy to navigate. With an introductory tutorial, the user will have no problem figuring out the gist of the app in no time. There are simplistic sound effects when certain icons are activated or certain functions are performed, but they do serve as a distraction during game play.
For Tile Pile being offered for 99 cents is a great deal. It is truly the perfect game word lovers and beneficial for those who want to brush up on their vocabulary and become more familiar with proper spelling, regardless if the word is simple or difficult. It is a unique game that not only provides hours of entertainment, but is one that will help improve the user’s word skills.
Tile Pile iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 4/5]