Wordistic: iPhone App Video and Written Review
When it comes to genres of gaming for the iPhone, hardly anything gets our juices flowing quite like an arcade app. There’s just something about the genre that makes us want to waste a day playing. Better yet, if it’s got some word-based action, we’re going to be hooked line and sinker. With that in mind, may we introduce you today to Wordistic by developer MushDevStudio. The app offers just about everything we’d hope for in a wordy arcade title for the iPhone, and in our eyes, there’s no better place to get involved than with our full review below!
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind Wordistic is, and we really can’t believe we get to say this, quite unusual and unique. The premise goes something like this: Letters fall from the top of the screen and fall to the bottom. As they fall, the player must tap them in order to spell out words. As you go along, the app will actually suggest possible words that you’re trying to spell. Seems like cheating? You might think that, but with all of the other elements involved the game is still bloody hard. You’ll be fighting a time clock, as well as your own letters. If you stack them up in the wrong order, you may be stuck with a rotten combination that requires you to wait a while for the proper letter to fall along. Oh, and did we mention that as the levels go up in number your time limit goes down? You’ll also be dealing with more letters at greater speeds.
On the main screen there is a seed number – this number changes every 6 minutes so that several players on different iOS devices can play the same game at the same time. You can also click on this number and enter your desired number to play favorite game or to get synchronized game with other players in diff time zones.
If whilst playing you click pause and then click on the magnifying glass – the app will do an online definition look up of the words as you enter them (this can be toggled off and on).
Underneath the letters you have entered so far are some smaller letters that suggest words for you to make based on the letters you have entered so far (this is another option that can be toggled off or on withing the pause menu by clicking the “i” icon).
If you click on these letters (or letters made so far) it will suggest a different word that you can make.
The sound track is completely original and was composed by artist Atlas.
If you enable Facebook you can post screenshots at various screens within the game. The app keeps statistics on all words played and these statistics can be accessed on the main game menu (the book icon).
At the end of the day, this all adds up to some seriously complicated word gaming on the iPhone. And we love it.
Design and Interface
In fact, our only real complaint with the app is that it simply isn’t the prettiest one we’ve ever seen. It’s got one heck of a gameplay concept, but at last call, we feel the design could certainly be prettied up a bit. The letters themselves look fine, but a dash of Web 2.0 inspiration would go a long way toward ironing out some of our aesthetic kinks. We also think the menu items need a little more clarification, as it isn’t immediately apparent that you’re either battling a timer or a score requirement.
We have to admit, the price tag associated with the app (99 cents in the App Store) is very fair for what you get. You certainly get your money’s worth for what you’re paying, but if Wordistic were even priced at two dollars, we would have no problems with it at all. This app is a solid bargain, and if you’re into word games on the iPhone, we promise you that there’s no better option to have. The app will kill your commute, brighten your day, and generally give your word-gland a hard kick in the pants.
Wordistic requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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