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SpellTower Review

By , on March 27, 2012


SpellTower
  • Publisher: Zach Gage
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Released: 17 Nov, 2011
  • Size: 14.1 MB
  • Price: $1.99
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4 out of 5

PROS

  • Elegant design and control coupled with a good selection of game modes.
  • Selecting words and scoring huge points is incredibly intuitive.

CONS

  • Sometimes searching for that perfect word will end up leading to brain fatigue.

VERDICT

One of the most elegant word games you're likely to find on the app store, with modes to test both those who like to think on their feet or prefer a game with little to no pressure.


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Your average word game never fails to impress on some level as word formation is such a simple yet addictive puzzle for our brains to solve. What sets some above others is not only the format of finding words, but the elegance of word creation itself, and this is where Spelltower by Zach Gage shines.

Words are created by swiping through letters. Not just vertically and horizontally however, but diagonally as well. And it's not to say it's like a word find either. You can start your word off with a couple letters moving down, then cross over to a diagonal for a little while, pass back through the other way and score big on points with a word that on the board was shaped like a pretzel. Certain letters will either have extra points attached or be colored blue. If you make a word with a blue tile, the entire row of tiles that the blue tile was part of will disappear, and a word comprising of five or more letters will clear out its immediate area like a bomb going off. The only other rule is you can't use the same word more than once per game.

With this play style you need a good amount of modes to play around with. The normal mode has a full screen of letters and allows you to keep playing until all the tiles or gone or you give up, not being able to find anymore words. Puzzle mode has the tiles rise one row per turn, so you need to keep them from reaching the top. Rush mode adds new rows on a regular basis, and expert puzzle mode are for those that found puzzle mode too easy.

At the time of this review, a multiplayer mode is being developed which should add another fun twist to the gameplay. For word game fans, this is a must get. Those who find themselves bored searching for words should look elsewhere, but the ease of creating words in Spelltower just might pull over some converts.

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ExK 11 months ago

I'm a word game developer, and my studio CKS Games has created many addictive word games. One of them, Spell Quest, was even featured by iTunes. Our latest game, Word Jackpot, is an extremely clever fusion of quest-based word puzzle and simulated gambling. You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iof3oyEKK8Y