New Word Game ‘Phrase Shift’ Arrives on Google Play

New Word Game ‘Phrase Shift’ Arrives on Google Play

Jun 21, 2016

Yep, we were somewhat smitten by AdVenture Capitalist, so we are admittedly willing to assume that anything else by Hyper Hippo Games will be just as cool.

The developer’s newest game is a word puzzle called Phrase Shift, and it is out now on Google Play

Excerpts from the Play Store.

Do you consider yourself a word master? Looking for a refreshing new word challenge?

From the clever minds behind AdVenture Capitalist comes an entirely new take on the word puzzle genre.

In Phrase Shift, you’ll read a phrase from top to bottom and shift the words side to side until the correct answer reads down. It’s like solving a crossword clue, but the answer is within the clue itself!

*Explore 120 puzzles
*3 levels of difficulty.
*A new puzzle each and every day.

The game costs $1.99; check out the trailer below:

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Word Monsters Review

Word Monsters Review

Aug 4, 2014

Word games always have been a great fit for mobile. Simple and fun and good on small screens their bite size gameplay words great for the modern gamer on the go. Word Monsters is a deliciously biscuity new word game

Screenshot_2014-07-28-05-24-23Word Monsters is more about speed than any tricky gameplay. The player is presented with a pile of letter cookies and a theme, say girls names or things found around the house. The idea is to find words fitting in with that theme. Once found, dragging over the word removes it and the letter above fall down and create new words. The gird is very small and each game has a forty second time limit. The key to the big points is moving quickly. Once all the words are found the player is scored which mostly boils down to how fast they were, is awarded a few coins and the other player takes their turn if they haven’t already.

New themes for words can be purchased with in game coins. Coins are gained very slowly, but most of the themes aren’t too expensive and the game is lots of fun and never pushes the player to purchase anything.

Screenshot_2014-07-28-20-01-00Cookies are the game’s premium currency and they are used to cheat during gameplay. They can be used to provide a hint, slow the timer and so on. Some monster items and themes require coins as well but it never feels like the player must purchase them. Coins are handed out rarely during a minigame on the title screen and as a prize for winning weekly leagues.

Word Monsters has a few quirks. The game wants you to pick words in a certain order, even if that might not be obvious. Eating words in the wrong order leaves random letters over at the end, making it impossible to finish. The game also notifies you that players have quit after a game when they obviously haven’t. This is likely a minor bug.

Word Monsters has a super cute cookie based presentation which works very well. The titular monsters dance and wave as they laugh and giggle. The player can dress them up and customize their features, although most of these cost coins. The music is super catchy as well, especially the tick tocking theme when actually playing a game. Word Monsters feels warm and inviting.

Word Monsters has a pretty robust league system for a game that’s looks like it is made for kids. Beating players in a league kicks the player up to a higher league while losing moves them down. There are cookie and coins rewards for doing well in a league as well. With no pesky energy system anyone who enjoys Word Monsters will find no shortage of tougher opponents.

Word Monsters is good stuff. It is impossible not to be charmed by its graphics. The price of some themes may annoy and the rather jarring leftover letters mechanic is questionable, but there’s plenty of wordy fun for puzzle heads here.

Perplexicon Review

Perplexicon Review

Oct 31, 2013

Perplexicon is a fun word game from Greenrift Software.

The game combines a few different elements that make up the game, and the biggest is the word formation aspect. The game uses a square grid as the playing area, and there are letter tiles just like one would see in Scrabble. At the bottom is a bank of times to pick from, but unlike Scrabble, it isn’t possible to select any tile; only one time is available (the one that is up). As a tile is selected and used, the next one in line becomes available. The words seem fairly random in order and distribution.

On the grid itself, some letters are usually placed to start. Using these letters, in conjunction with the single-pulled tile from the bank, it is possible to make words. Positioning of the tiles is everything; touching and dragging perp1a path through adjacent tiles to create words at least three letters long for points. There is a timer, and a point threshold that must be made before the butter to unlock and advance to new levels. Once a word is formed thus, the tiles used disappear.

This is where the other elements become a factor. There are green tiles, and a standing requirement is that they have to be used up before the time limit is reached, regardless of the score. Sometimes, the placement of the greens can make it harder, as can the letter (a V or Q in a corner, perhaps). Then there are special tile spaces that give cash or multiple word values of used in the construction of a word. Stuff like time freezing squares also pop up. An interesting element is viral tiles, that can infect other letters and render them unusable. These can be countered by potions that can be unlocked down the line.

All together, it creates a pretty fun, engaging game that can be tough to put down.

IceBurgers Review

IceBurgers Review

Oct 25, 2013

IceBurgers is an environmental tale. Two ships collide in the Antarctic, spewing burgers and letters, and a penguin has to clean it up. Alrighty.

Interestingly enough, what makes this game unique is what probably is its best feature: the lack of frills. It rocks a simple motif and features even simpler gameplay, and, as such, can be a formidable time waster.

The gameplay is an atypical mix of crossword puzzle and Scrabble. A square grid of 25 tiled letters makes up the playing area, and words are supposed to be created via swiping a finger across letters in fairly liberal fashion. When a word is formed, it lightens up and explodes, and the tiled letters are replaced randomly by falling tiles from ice2above.

Now, after the first word is formed, a penguin shows up as a placekeeper of sorts. It ends up at the tile that was occupied by the last letter of the last word formed. The kicker is that all subsequent word formed must start with a letter tile that is adjacent to the penguin. Since the penguin is almost always moving, this adds a degree of difficulty to the gameplay, as it isn’t possible to just spell a word anywhere at anytime; the places where a new word can emanate from in the grid are dependent on where the penguin is. On another level, this also opens the door to interesting strategy, as moving the penguin around to more optional spots can be quite the challenge.

The game UI is dressed in blue, with white accents. The animations are not explosive, but get the job done. As noted earlier, there are not too many visual distractions, and that helps with the gameplay to a degree.

All in all, the word that keeps popping up is “simple.” It’s easy to understand, and needs little prep to play. I say well done.

Yushino, the Numbers-Based Take on Scrabble is in Beta on Android Now. Here’s Five Reasons to Care.

Yushino, the Numbers-Based Take on Scrabble is in Beta on Android Now. Here’s Five Reasons to Care.

Jul 15, 2013

Yushino, a numbers-based take on the Scrabble formula, is now in a beta form on Google Play. Here are 5 reasons why you should care about it.

1. It’s a new way to play a familiar game

Yushino is a ‘word’ game like Scrabble that uses base–10 numbers from 0 to 9, and simple addition of the numbers to make sequences where the third number must be the sum of the previous two. For example, this sequence would be playable: 8314594. 8+3=1, 3+1=4, 1+4=5, 4+5=9, 5+9=4. This is how ‘words’ are formed in Yushino. It’s a new way to play the word game, but it’s still familiar. But it’s also fair.

2. No “qi” cheating here!

Look, using the word “qi” in Scrabble isn’t “cheating” per se, but look, you never use that word in conversation, ever. Or any of those stupid Scrabble words, ever. There’s none of that weak sauce in Yushino. Everyone can do basic math. Hopefully. If you can’t, then you should totally play me.

3. It’s cross-platform


Yes, the game is launching on Android, but it’s a beta form. It doesn’t run in full-screen on the Nexus 7 quite yet, for example. But if the game sounds interesting, then it’s possible to play via Facebook too, or via iOS as well. Yes, I’m suggesting blasphemy, but it’s true! While the game’s being figured out on Android, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy it.

4. Nothing cooler than playing a game in beta, right?

Hey, why not play a game that’s not quite finished? Why not help figure out what’s going on with a game and make it into a fully-formed, and finished product? That’s just cool. Plus, you can totally be a hipster and say you were there first.

5. You can play me (and probably lose)

Take on username wondroushippo and prepare for a beatdown. I’m not too bad at the game considering I’ve beaten the one of the creators of the game multiple times! Good luck.

Yushino is one of my favorite games of the past year, and has been something I’ve played regularly months after the iOS version release. Check out the beta version of the Android game now on Google Play, and check out their Kickstarter to launch a physical version of the game and to help finish up the app.

Spellwood Review

Spellwood is a puzzle strategy game with a twist. It’s very similar to classic board games like Scrabble, but it makes it more interactive with its RPG style. Here, brains (and an expansive vocabulary) are your best weapon to destroy the enemy.

The game has Adventure mode, which is for a single player, and Duel Friends, where you can play with Facebook friends.

It starts in Spellwood Academy, where the player is a wizard who must battle with other wizards in a word-spelling challenge. Both hero and opponent take turns to fill the board with words from a set of seven randomly selected letters. A player can append his word to what’s already laid down on the board, or make another word using at least one letter from the previously spelled word. If a word is valid, the wand button becomes available to tap and the word’s score is revealed. This score is also used to lessen the opponent’s life meter. The last player standing is the winner of the battle.

If a player can not put together words from his set of letters, he can tap on the swap button to lose his turn and swap up to five tiles. While this may be beneficial, it’s also an opportunity for the opponent to gain more points and cause bigger damage.

As the game progresses, there are special powers given to the hero. Some tiles on the playing board holds bonus points when a letter is placed on it, and in later levels, a hero is granted control over where to place these bonus tiles. Special items are also given throughout the game, depending on how well one has played. Special items can only be used once in battle, and only during a player’s turn. These items include the ability to change a letter from a consonant to a vowel, or vice versa — however, a player cannot control which letter will be given.

Spellwood‘s game design and vibrant interface makes it a delight to play for kids of all ages. Dragging tiles around is super smooth, with no performance issues. It also provides you with lots of levels, securing a long term residence in your phone. It may look like a game made for kids, but after playing a few rounds, I was glad to see how it builds the challenge gradually.

With its unique game setup, colorful graphics and fluid performance, I’d say Spellwood is a fine way to have fun while expanding your vocabulary.

W.E.L.D.E.R. Review

W.E.L.D.E.R. Review

Dec 17, 2012

Word games of any kind are challenging. W.E.L.D.E.R. is not like most word games out there. It’s almost a combination of a Scrabble and a puzzle game like Bejeweled. In this case, it’s a matter of spelling words vs. matching colors.

W.E.L.D.E.R. has features one would expect and some other add-ins to make it a little more unique and fun. When the game begins, a board full of Scrabble-like tiles with letters and blank spaces are shown. With a limited number of swaps, the goal is to change around letters to form four or more letter words. Like in many word games, proper nouns like city or names cannot be used. The blank letters are able to be changed into any of the letters of the alphabet. However, once they’re changed the block cannot be changed again or go back to being blank.

After so many words are completed, more swaps are given. ne of the other unique features of the game is the apocalypse swap. What this does is wipes out the entire board and replaces it with all new tiles. Many times when using the apocalypse swap several words are created; almost like freebies. Other types of squares make it more of a challenge also. For example the hot squares cannot be moved without using a wrench. The wrench tool is not accessible right away. Different types of swaps are available as the game progresses. There is a swap that allows a section of the word to be selected and that whole section moved vs. using several individual swaps to move all the letters.

W.E.L.D.E.R. is meant to be a social game. Play against others by either signing in with a Facebook account or creating an account. Playing against others makes the game a little more competitive and brings a whole new aspect to word games like this.

Friday Free Game Rundown November 16th

Friday Free Game Rundown November 16th

Nov 16, 2012

Even though there is a spell check on just about everything, it is still important to know how to spell words and have a good vocabulary. While spelling games might not be as fun as shooting and running and driving games, they are great for teaching the basic skills of spelling.

Miss Spell’s Class

Miss Spell’s Class is a game made by The game uses the most commonly misspelled words in English language as a spelling game. This time based game increases the accuracy of both reading and spelling by quickly needing to determine if the 20 words listed are spelled correctly or not. The game consists of 10,000 American English words.

Download Miss Spell’s Class

Spelling Space – 3rd Grade

Spelling Space is a series of games was spelling words based on elementary school grade level. The one here is for the third-grade level. Spelling Space – 3rd Grade has 480 words spell at a third-grade level. Earn an asteroid for each correctly spell the word and use those asteroids to destroy ships. What is great about this game is that it’s actually a game. It’s not all about spelling. Spelling is the tool needed to get ammunition, but it’s not 100% just a word game.

Download Spelling Space – 3rd Grade

Spelling Fun 3 Free

Spelling Fun 3 Free is a game for much younger children. The basis of this game is to teach the alphabet and spelling a very basic words. The game teaches spelling through a combination of letters and pictures to make it easier for the toddler to associate words with what actually spell. To make it easier for this level, all of the letters needed to spell what the picture shows are on the screen. It’s up to the toddler to pick up the correct letters in the correct order.

Download Spelling Fun 3 Free

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee has the widest range of words for spellers at all levels. The game consists of simpler words for elementary age spellers all the way up to national spelling bee level words. To help with the spelling, there are audio pronunciations of the words. The results of the bee can be recorded and pulled up later for reference and comparison to see if there’s any improvement after time. As skill levels progress, the length and difficulty of the words can be easily increased.

Download Spelling Bee

Spell Me Right: Word Scramble

Spell Me Right: Word Scramble is another style of spelling game. This one is more of a word jumble. There is a question asked and an answer to the question is scrambled up in the letters shown on the screen. To pass the level, the word needs to be spelled out correctly within the allotted time. If the question is too difficult, a hint is available but like most games using the hint will decrease the score once the answers guest.

Download Spell Me Right: Word Scramble

Rumble Review

Rumble Review

Jul 17, 2012

For those who are good with words and word games – and don’t want to compete with a machine – Rumble is a good option from the many games in its category. Although it has a “practice” level to play without a human opponent, the main modes of this game allow for playing with Facebook friends or with a random online player who’s ready to play. The game does require an internet connection for this, so that’s something to consider if connectivity is an issue.

It took a while for me to understand the basics of Rumble, but ultimately, the player just needs to find as many words as they can in a set of letters tiled together. Just like Scrabble, some letters are worth more points than others. The game has three modes: play with a specific friend (which requires one should know his Rumble user name), play with Facebook friends, find a random opponent and the Premium feature, Practice Mode.

In order to beat the opponent, one has to form words within two minutes and get the higher score. Swiping in any direction is allowed, as long as the tiles are adjacent to each other. Each match lasts three rounds. One does not have to win all three rounds, as the winner is determined by the total scores from all three rounds. After a few rounds, I realized that these random enemies know their words, and winning is not as easy as I thought. This is great because it means this game is really played by word-forming fanatics.

Some players may take a while to respond, but one can simply hit the Back button and start another game. The previous one will continue to run in the background. To completely quit from an ongoing match, one can tap on the Resign button.

Other than unresponsiveness due to a slow internet connection, the game runs fairly well. Graphics are also nice and crisp – with letters big enough to swipe through. However, I was not able to find a way to pause a game. There are no buttons to press anywhere and tapping on the Menu key didn’t do anything.

On top of single player mode, the paid version offers an ad-free UI and game statistics. The game can also be played in nine other languages including French, Spanish and German.

A consistent issue with the game (including my own experience) is that the notifications don’t work. In the game settings, there are options to enable notifications, but I never once saw it work. Hopefully this is something that gets fixed with future updates, as it is a bit tedious to open the game again just to check the progress of the matches.

Caveats aside, Rumble can be a great contender to the more popular Scramble With Friends despite the fact that they are a little too similar, with the rules  exactly the same – down to the two-minute timer. However, word game enthusiasts might not mind an alternative, as long as the experience is just as good. It does need a bit of fine-tuning, but regardless of its quirks, Rumble still remains a vibrant, mind-teaser for word addicts.

Word Off Coming to Android, and Every HTML5-Capable Browser Under The Sun

Chicago-based mobile developer Toy Studio has announced their new word game Word Off!, which comes with a lofty promise: true cross-platform play.

The game itself is a battle on a board with hexagonal pieces, with 15 turns where players try to conquer territory with the words they form, hoping to gain points and defeat their opponent. There are boosts that can be played to help get an advantage on opponents. The game will be free to play, and there is mention of coins to purchase boosts, but boosts will be limited to three boost uses per game.

The game will be available on Android when it releases in many forms. The developers promise that it will be available for Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Nook Tablet, so it will likely be available through their respective app stores. As well, the game will be available on any HTML5-capable web browser, and on the iOS App Store as well. All these versions can play against each other, and players can log in from any device that they have. The game is tentatively scheduled to release for almost every device under the sun later this month.

Zynga Finally Brings Hanging With Friends to Android

Zynga Finally Brings Hanging With Friends to Android

Sep 21, 2011

Zynga’s Games with Friends division has brought its newest asynchronous multiplayer word game to Android. Hanging with Friends is Zynga’s take on the game of hangman, with players playing words against their friends, and trying to solve their friends’ words. The game has two phases: the word formation phase, where players must form a word from a set of 12 letters, of a length between 4 and 8 letters, with bonus tiles available that go toward the game’s points system for getting extra coins to use on additional lifelines. Phase 2 has players then guessing their friend’s word, with a limited number of strikes depending on word length, and lifelines available to help figure out the words in question.

The Android version has the same feature set as the iOS version, and supports loading up the games from the iOS version as well, using the same Facebook authentication or Games with Friends account. The iOS version recently got a store to buy more coins to use on lifelines, though this is not yet available in the Android version. Still, this has anecdotally been one of the most requested Android ports recently, and now Android users don’t have to be left out of the fun. The game is available for free from the Android Market.

Word Zen Review

Word Zen Review

Feb 10, 2011

Developer: Liquid Rock Games
Price: US$2.99
Version: 1.4
App Reviewed on: Motorola Droid X

Fans of the classic “word search” style of puzzle games are going to find a great treat that’s hard to put down in Word Zen from Liquid Rock Games. This review is based on Word Zen Unlimited, which is similar in every way to the free version, minus the advertisements. Also, you’ll need to use the SlideMe App Marketplace to purchase it.