Divine Words: It’s Scrabble with a Dash of Random

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Price: Free
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Divine Words
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’ve been with us long here at the iPhone App Review, then you’re likely aware of the fact that we just adore any application that has us stringing together letters into words, words into phrases.

We’ve been avid Scrabble players since time immemorial, which means we’ll try very hard to contain our giddiness as we look at Divine Words, from Boyan Paskalev, today.

The application is a Scrabble-esque replica with a few twists. At times, it’s not quite enough to float a whole new game, but there’s still a lot to love here. And for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

If you have ever played Scrabble, then you already know how Divine Words works. You’ll be given seven tiles with which to spell words across a tiled board. On the board you’ll find double word, triple letter, triple word, and so on tiles.

These do exactly what you think, and in almost every possible way, the app is more or less an exact replica.

So what’s different? Well, to begin with you can play by yourself against your phone (And in 5 languages, danc merci!). This is a tremendous boon for those of us who hate other human beings.

In addition to its garden of difficulties, though, Divine Words also adds in random letter tiles, as well as Pandora boxes. These boxes are sort of like miniature lottos. When you hit one, you may be rewarded with an incredible point bonus.

Or, you may have your sack of points cut and all those glistening beauties spilt out across the sidewalk. It’s potluck, and the sort of wildcard you’ll never find in any other Scrabble edition.

Design and Interface

Divine Words for iPhone

Divine Words for iPhone

How does Divine Words look? Well, honestly not great. The app has recently been updated with three distinct themes. However, now matter how you dress it up, the app is still a little outdated, a little less polished and simply not as smooth looking as compared to any of its competitors. There’s some room for error here, since the app is a little fresher. But still, we’d like to see better graphics in future updates.

We’d also like to see smoother controls. Dragging tiles is a right pain, as it doesn’t place the tile where your finger is, but rather where the tile is physically located. If that doesn’t make sense, imagine it this way: You drag a tile to a spot, and it places the tile just above the spot you want.

Overall Value

All of that being said, Divine Words is still quite a bargain. It comes with a fountain of game modes, several different difficulties, and enough variety to warrant its own Scrabble rendition. It’s not the best we’ve ever seen, but it’s hardly the worse, especially for the price.

If you’re looking for a new entry into the genre to play with, this may just be your ticket.

Divine WordsDivine Words requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid o speed up the publication of this review.

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