King of Words
iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
If there’s one thing we can all agree on as App Store customers, it’s that there are plenty of word games available. The problem is that most of them are new twists on old classics. What we need is a game that will flip our perception of word games faster than you can blink. We need something fresh and new. We need a word game revolution!
Concept and Gameplay:
First, allow me to say that King of Words definitely fulfills the need to break the word game mold. Instead of placing letters on a game board that’s filled with special bonus tiles, you need to sift through dozens of letter tiles in order to make words.
The more words you form, the higher your score and the more likely you are to beat your opponent.
King of Words might sound simple, but anything can be difficult when you’re put under a time limit. Not only that, but if your opponent creates a lengthy word that brings in a decent number of points, patches of ice will show up on your screen. You won’t be able to grab letters from the pile until the ice is cleared. Talk about slowing down the competition, right?
King of Words definitely commands your full attention during gameplay. There are quite a few boosts that are mentioned below, all of which are meant to help you out. Use them sparingly, though, because it’s very easy to get carried away and use boosts as a crutch. When it comes down to basic playability, King of Words takes a little while to get used to but certainly isn’t impossible to learn. Plus it’s really darn fun to play.
Almost all great word games include some sort of boost feature that helps to give players an edge over the competition. King of Words certainly isn’t any different, and is loaded to the brim with advantages. For example, you can choose to organize your pile of letters into a grid, making it extremely easy to find the tiles you need.
If you run out of a certain letter, you won’t have to wish for a blank tile. Instead, you can go ahead and buy the letter you need. Every boost will cost you either diamonds or coins. Coins are earned by completing games, while diamonds likely have to be acquired via in-app purchase.
King of Words is also a surprisingly social game. Thanks to Game Center integration, you can easily compete against friends. If you’re looking to start a new match, the game automatically search for a new opponent. If one isn’t found, you’ll play against a computer.
Once your match is over you can chat with your opponent. Personally I like the fact that chat isn’t available during gameplay, but this might be a drawback for some players.
King of Words is available to download for free from the App Store and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. I’m happy to say that this game definitely breathes new life into the word game genre and is extremely addicting.
If you’re looking for a fun new challenge that will have you unscrambling like mad, this is one game you shouldn’t pass up.
King of Words is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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