Word games have been around for ages and they still live on as strong as ever in today’s day and age. The App Store hosts countless games that fit the genre, however it’s hard to find ones that truly stick out. This roundup will focus on 10 different word games that are among my favorites as well as other writers’ favorites here on iPad.AppStorm. To find out which apps made the cut, read on after the break.
If you really want to put your brain to the test, Crostix is the way to go. Essentially, Crostix is a deconstructed crossword puzzle, but every letter going into your answers is used to piece together a quote by an author.
Crostix is definitely one of the hardest games I’ve ever played—even the easy puzzles are unmistakably difficult. However, there are a lot of clues — like letter and word reveals — to help you out when you need it. The difficulty combined with how many levels there are guarantee you hours of playtime, too.
Developer: Mountford Line
Letterpress marked atebits’s comeback to the iOS scene, and boy did they come back strong. A beautiful design and simple, fun gameplay make Letterpress a true winner.
Letterpress isn’t the hardest game I’ve ever played, but the challenge that it presents comes from what your opponent does. In order to win, you’ll have to figure out the best word to stop your opponent from gaining more tiles; you might just need to channel your passive-aggressive side!
Puzzlejuice is definitely one of the most unique word games on the market. Its gameplay is a cross between Tetris and Boggle — creating one of the most challenging yet most addicting gaming experiences that I have ever seen.
The challenge comes in when instead of being cleared, rows that are completed turn into letters. In order to clear these tiles, you must spell words from connecting letters — but more tiles don’t stop falling in the process. The longer the word, the more powerful it will be, helping to clear the mess.
If you need extra letters to spell that next, you may tap on clumps of three or more connecting blocks of light colors to turn them into letter tiles.
Patience and strategy are key while playing this app, which is definitely not for the lighthearted gamer.
You really can’t go wrong with this classic game. Scrabble has been a favorite for decades, and now you’re able to play it anywhere — without worrying about a mess or lost tiles — on your iPad.
Scrabble is a great app for when you just want to set aside a good amount of time to play a game on your iPad. Whether you’re playing against Facebook friends or the in-game computer, you’re guaranteed to have a great gaming experience.
Developer: Electronic Arts
When beautiful minimalistic design meets the alphabet, the product is SpellTower
Luckily, the developers programmed four single-player modes as well as a two-player “Debate Mode” to help freshen things up. Each game mode puts its own twist on the basic game, so you’ll never get bored.
Developer: Zach Gage
Zynga’s newest game, What’s the Phrase?, is iOS’s version of Wheel of Fortune. Complete with a wheel that determines how much your tiles are worth as well as vowels up for sale, What’s the Phrase? brings a fresh taste to peer vs. peer gaming.
With categories like oxymorons, first world problems, famous athletes, and more, you’ll be able to spend hours solving the puzzles with your friends. The game has just the right amount of challenge to keep you returning to it, too.
Developer: Zynga Inc.
Word Off! is unlike any other word game I have ever played. Your main priority is to protect your base — if your base is captured, you lose. The only way to protect your base is to spell words to claim territory.
Strategy is key in this game in order to win. Different game boards as well as the 15-turn game length add extra challenge to this game, so you want to make sure that every move counts.
Developer: Toy Studio LLC
Sure, it’s cliche, but Words with Friends is the poster child of word games for the iPad. While gameplay between the two is basically the same, Words with Friends brings a social aspect to the table that its older brother, Scrabble, doesn’t offer.
Words with Friends is the type of game that kindles competition between friends. Whoever wins the game does not only bring home the gold, but the bragging rights as well. As for the loser: the rematch button is going to be getting a lot of action.
Developer: Zynga Inc.
In 7 Little Words, the goal is to craft seven different words that fit the clues listed on the top of the screen. To do this, you must piece together several different tiles with a series of letters to create a cohesive word that matches the clue.
There is basically no learning curve to the game, allowing for maximum play. Plus, the app comes loaded with dozens of levels, and many more packs of 50 levels are available for purchase at a low cost, so you won’t have to worry about running out of content.
Developer: Blue Ox Technologies Ltd.
The rules of 94 Seconds are simple: you must come up with as many words that start with the given letter as possible in 94 seconds. The catch? The word must fit within a certain category, such as vegetables, car companies, or articles of clothing.
Bonus points are given if your answer is obscure, but no points are given if your answer doesn’t fit the criteria.
The snappiness of each round is 94 Seconds‘s strong suit. It’s an easy game to pick up when you’re crunched for time, yet it leaves you wanting to play more — you’ll want to beat your previous score in countless rounds afterward. But be careful: its addictiveness can suck you in for hours without realizing it.
And as a little bonus…
The New York Times is famous for its daily crossword puzzles. Luckily, you no longer miss out on solving these difficult puzzles if the Times aren’t delivered to you, because there is an app that delivers your daily dose of the Times’ puzzles right to your iPad. That app is NYTimes Crossword.
By paying a small subscription fee, you will be able to access thousands of puzzles in the archive as well as upcoming puzzles. It’s truly the perfect app for any crossword enthusiast.
Price: Free; subscriptions range in price from $2.99 to $16.99.
Developer: Magmic Inc.
Word games are perhaps the most versatile and varied games available in the App Store right now. The genre has so many different types of games, each bringing their own special element to the table. What unites all these different apps is the love of language that is seen throughout them, creating a timeless, fun, and challenging gaming environment.
If your favorite word game didn’t make this list, feel free to tell us what yours is in the comments below!