Can’t Say That: Word Gaming with Social Media Thrown In

Price: Free

Can’t Say That: iPhone App Video and Written Review

Can't Say That for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here lately we’ve been seeing a heck of a lot of apps that aim to ride the gravy train laid down by titles like Words With Friends and Draw Something. To be honest, we could’t be happier about this, as we’re quite the fans of the “turn based arcade multiplayer game,” as we’ve been calling them. As such, we’re tickled pink to introduce you to a wordier game in the genre, Can’t Say That! by developer Fugazo. The app adds a unique and much needed twist to the now classic style of gameplay, and overall, we can’t help but enjoy what it’s toting along. So if you’re looking for a full review, you’re in luck: Just slide on down below the break to see what we have to say!

Concept and Gameplay

If we had to compare Can’t Say That to any other iPhone title, we’d invariably have to go with Draw Something. The apps share a lot of technical similarities, though the gameplay is really quite different between them. Here’s what we mean:

In Can’t Say That, your main aim is to get your friend to guess a word without saying the word. You do this by spelling out clues within a confined number of spaces. However, there are words that you’re not allowed to say in the clue, making the game much harder. For instance, you might have to guess “marriage” without saying ring, spouse, or any number of other words. It’s a barrel of fun, as you and your friends take turns guessing each other’s words until, eventually, you get tired of it all. All in all, we think it’s a unique and engaging twist, and after hours upon hours of other such titles, we like having the chance to use our words, rather than our painting fingers.

Design and Interface

Can't Say That for iPhone

Can't Say That for iPhone

Typically with these games one of the biggest things we get to rag on is the design. However, we have to admit that Can’t Say That is pretty solid all the way around. The gameplay itself comes with neat animations and smooth playback, which is much appreciated. Even the intertextual menus work like a champ. We’re not such big fans of the color scheme used here, but then again, who can complain too much about that? All in all, Can’t Say That is a solid offering in terms of raw aesthetics, though it still doesn’t yet have that Words With Friends grace.

Overall Value

Like its quality predecessors, Can’t Say That is also completely free in the App Store: That’s a tremendous boon in our book. So if you’re looking for a new and inventive turn-based arcade game with an online twist to play around with, we really can’t recommend anything over it. Can’t Say That is a solid title with a lot of promise. There’s no better time to jump on this one’s bandwagon!

Can't Say ThatCan’t Say That requires iOS 4.3 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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