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Excellent Word Games (Please Add Yours)  by Tonka

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Tonka says: As a mother, writer, gentlewoman farmer, owner of 7 dogs and 3 horses, runner and avid film goer, my spare time is VERY valuable to me. That precious time is usually spent with my nose buried in a word game. In the pre-digital world, I use to digest every crossword puzzle, cryptogram and jumble I could find. Now I have an iPhone to access all kinds of word games. The list compiled below is from 14 months of hands on research by someone who knows word games. (Note: I have scored over 17 million (yes, million) in desktop version Bookworm, TWICE!) The games I have collected here fill my spare moments with great pleasure. I will only recommend those games I believe to be worthwhile of your time and money. I left out the Text Twists, Scrabbles, Crosswords and Jumble apps in order to focus on new, innovative games. Those are worthy games to play, too. I would love for you to add your games in the comments below. There are never enough games to be played.
Tonka's picks
  1. Words With Friends Pro
    Words With Friends Pro I realize everyone talks about how great this game is. It's only scrabble. What I like about it is the pass and play option. My husband is a brainiac and keeps me on my toes. The graphics are good, the dictionary fair and the chat feature fun (for when I play my husband remotely). There are some serious lagging issues with the game, occasional freeze ups and glitches, but I'm here to play games not fix code.
  2. WordSnake…Words Without Borders
    WordSnake…Words Without Borders A gem of a game for Scrabble players. Whereas Words With Friends is traditional Scrabble, WordSnake is flat out fun game play with a Scrabble feel. You get maps instead of a board and animated obstacles and shortcuts as you build words one letter at a time. And boy do they give you letters. 130 of them (Scrabble has 100). They even have double-letter tiles. The object is to build a word bridge to connect Elmer the WordSnake to his sweetheart. The graphics are great, the dictionary is generous and the help menus are good. The levels of difficulties are determined by how far you have to build your bridge. This is a must have 5-Star game for word puzzlers.
  3. Tripletters
    Tripletters Tripletters feels like you're on a game show. It is wild fun. You are given three letters that must be in the words you build. You can use them more than once for bonus points. The scoring and rules of the game are a bit complicated, but the game is so much fun, who cares. The best part is there is no clock to rush my dizzy brain. Another must in your arsenal of word games.
  4. Scruzzle Word - Revolutionary Word Puzzles
    Scruzzle Word - Revolutionary Word Puzzles Not sure what a Scruzzle is, but the game is very well done. It's like playing Crosswords with all the squares already filled with letters. You use the clues to figure out which letters to swap to make your words. There is a clock, but not a countdown clock that can end your game. This is an excellent twist for Crossword fanatics. There are different levels of difficulty and lots of new puzzles. 5-Stars all the way.
  5. Wordigo
    Wordigo This is another Crossword/Scrabble mix type game in which you choose from one of 10 configuration to build words in sequence from 8 letters. You really have to plan in this game which makes it a wonderful challenge. It has an optional countdown clock which I always turn off. This is a favorite of mine while I wait for my tea to boil.
  6. Woffo
    Woffo I use to be a MOXIE-holic back in the day. Moxie was a great start for word gaming on my iPhone. I even was ranked 11th in the world at one time. Now I'm in love with Woffo, which is like Moxie with added direction and lots of wild cards. This could be the best word puzzle game of the bunch. You really have to plan the placement of your letters, prepare for the worse (or best) with the wild cards and go for those Woffos. A Woffo is when you have four words horizontally or vertically. Do both at the same time and you get a Super Woffo. I have done that 5 times, and let me brag on that because it is extremely hard. Get this game and see what I am talking about.
  7. Imangi
    Imangi This game is for people (like me) who aren't satisfied with just building words, finding words or twisting words. This game is for puzzlers who like to rack their brain on how to get the most words made on a sliding board without ruining other words. Imagine making words on a Rubik's Cube.
Discussion

sharakarasic

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I cannot wait to dig into these. Thanks for a super list!

Reply to comment Posted May 17, 2010

candyer08

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Me too!! I love it! Thanks for sharing. I also have some good apps to share :http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/iphone/best-world-cup-iphone-apps.html this is on world cup.
http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/ipad/best-free-ipad-games.html and this is on ipad . hope you like it!

Reply to comment Posted July 07, 2010

PushPoke

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I agree! Thanks for this great list of word games!

If you're a word-game addict then I highly recommend checking out Letter Stack Free - it's an addictive fast-paced word game where you challenge friends to see who can unjumble and stack words the fastest. You drag and stack the blocks to form words, and the faster you stack words, the more points you get.

It's available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch -
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letter-stack-free/id657295290?mt=8

Reply to comment Posted June 25, 2013

AppDancer

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You do realize this list is only going to turn us word game junkies into Zombies. You should put Bananagrams on the list. It's like Scrabble without a board. I own all you recommendations except for Scruzzlewords, Wordigo and Woffo. I'll trust you and get them.

Reply to comment Posted May 17, 2010

AppSpotter

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Great list. I will own all of these by days end. Thanks for not putting Quordy, Scramble and all the other Boggle rip offs on the list. I did a review on WordSnake and agree that it is a cool hybrid of Scrabble. Wordigo is a good app. Try WORDJONG by Gameblend Studios, a mix of Scrabble and Mahjong.

Reply to comment Posted May 17, 2010

Dexter_Tappit

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I think we should make every kid in 4th thru 12th grade play these games. It would improve our educational system immensely. If I were to add a game to this it would be Bananagrams or Word Solitaire.

Reply to comment Posted May 17, 2010

Smallz

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Great list. I already play Woffo and Imangi. Add Moxie and Word Fu to the list.

Reply to comment Posted May 18, 2010

Calvin

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Lots to try on this list and suggestions. I just got the WordJong app. Really fun. Thanks for putting this together Tonka.

Reply to comment Posted May 21, 2010

Tonka

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My pleasure. I'm testing out two new apps, Word Droppings and Befuddled. I'll let everyone know about those.

Reply to comment Posted May 21, 2010

djskinner

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Try What it Takes - a words and number game for iPad that blends the best of Scrabble and the TV game show Countdown.

Free words and numbers game for iPhone and iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/what-it-takes-free/id584331176?mt=8

Great list Tonka. I think you should check WIT out too.

Posted January 26, 2013

bitCycle

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We released our app Crossnerd (http://www.crossnerd.com/ ) on May 17th. So far every person who wrote an iTunes review has given it 5 stars, but only 600 people has noticed it so far, so that's why we're here doing some shameless advertising. We have a lot of plans for the future of this app, so check it out (it's free) and tell us what you think!

Reply to comment Posted May 31, 2010

jmcnatton

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Check out WordZinga! and let us know what you think. We released it about a month ago, it's doing pretty well so far for a word game. We've gotten 5 stars from everyone who has reviewed it so far.

Reply to comment Posted July 12, 2010

99Games

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WordsWorth was one of the first word games on the iPhone App Store and still continues to capture the heart of word game lovers all over the world. The game offers the choice of 3 gameplay modes and 3 different word lists. An online mode lets you battle it out with your family and friends. A must for every word game lover!

Associated Apps:  WordsWorth Pro

Reply to comment Posted August 09, 2010

paythesnuka

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I have a bunch of word games on my Touch but none of these. I will try 'em out and also want to recommend Moxie and Moxie 2, which are simple yet addicting word games.

Associated Apps:  Moxie, Moxie 2

Reply to comment Posted August 25, 2010

NicoleT

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Recently released, fun word game, quality app... I love it!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letter-blocks-world-word-game/id387904242?mt=8

Reply to comment Posted September 25, 2010

scroberts

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You have to add the granddaddy of them all, Scrabble to the list. I also use Words Winner, which helps you out when you're stuck. It let's you input your board, board type, and rack then finds the best word possible. It is a life saver when I'm stuck or playing with someone out of my league.

Reply to comment Posted November 12, 2010

Luanna259

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This is a great word game list. I love word games and am constantly looking for apps to play these games while waiting in line at the cheap medical insurance office

Reply to comment Posted January 21, 2011

callum1875

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great to get some details of a great app I think I have a look at it when I am on holiday in Italy Lamezia airport car hire

Reply to comment Posted February 18, 2011

calvinH

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I love word games they keep the mind sharp and pass the time. I worked a boring job last summer in the
Cagliaria Airport Car hire game. My word game app kept me sane.

Reply to comment Posted February 28, 2011

duncanacampbell

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Check out ENSCRIPTED. Really good and you get a new puzzle every day of the year.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/enscripted/id454136479

Reply to comment Posted December 06, 2011

panapp

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We love word games too which is why we created Words Deluxe. Hope you don't mind the shameless plug! It's based on the classic 9 letter anagram game, but with a dynamic scoring system and 3 different game modes. Check it out at http://itunes.apple.com/app/words-deluxe/id489097956?ls=1&mt=8

Reply to comment Posted February 13, 2012

Priya326

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Hi Tonka! That's a really nice list you've made there! Have played Words with Friends, but will have to check out the others.

Just thought I'll add another game to this list. It's called Sketch W Friends, which is a realtime, multiplayer Pictionary game. It's available for both iPad and iPhone and is good fun :)

Hope you'll like it too :)

Reply to comment Posted May 22, 2012

JeanSib

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Hi Tonka! If you like Scrabble, you should definitely check out Word Colors! I love this game! It's a different twist to the traditional word games, which makes it much more fun. Ever since I started playing, I find Scrabble and WWF boring to play on my iPhone and iPad.

Associated Apps:  Word Colors

Reply to comment Posted June 14, 2012

pictahuntme

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Nice list, hope you'll considering adding PictaHunt -- hunt words with friends, find the meaning behind their pictures. Free. iOS.

http://pictahunt.me

Reply to comment Posted June 22, 2012

amfeury

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you should also check out Frankenword! http://youtu.be/gmz5ct8YHwk

Associated Apps:  Frankenword

Reply to comment Posted July 05, 2012

WordFreak

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nice list..... did you try Word Mystic ???? its a simple yet very engaging word game.... do check out

Reply to comment Posted October 20, 2012

WordFreak

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ya word mystic really engaging game

Reply to comment Posted October 20, 2012

danielskinner

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Word games are awesome, but it gets even better when you add some numbers rounds into the mix. Check out the preview video of What it Takes on YouTube. @WhatItTakesGame

Reply to comment Posted November 09, 2012

OneWordStoryApp

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Check out One Word story, it's a game where you create stories by adding just one word per turn. You never know what will be added next by someone else so you're encourage to be creative and keep the stories going.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-word-story/id564650004?mt=8

Associated Apps:  One Word Story

Reply to comment Posted December 15, 2012

ozqus

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My word game Word Challenge is pretty well liked so far as well. You can check it out for free. (link below)

Reply to comment Posted January 07, 2013

bobalooie1973

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The Word Winder game contains 6 different (and unique) word games & puzzle. It's the brain child of the guy who creates the daily Jumble puzzles in the newspapers:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id541130015?mt=8

Associated Apps:  Word Winder HD, Word Winder

Reply to comment Posted January 25, 2013

DrGamerDad

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I have a newer word game, it is actually one that I made myself. It has gotten very good reviews, although admittedly the numbers are small. I'd love it if you'd check it out. I think you will like it!
It's called Words In Soup. Taking some inspiration from Text Twist, it adds increasing challenge and rewards with advancing levels. Plus, I have an update on the way, adding a new mode and more fun!

Associated Apps:  Words In Soup

Reply to comment Posted February 11, 2013

Dr_Gamer_Dad

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Just released an update to Words In Soup, and it is free today and tomorrow. Hope you can check it out!

Associated Apps:  Words In Soup

Reply to comment Posted March 13, 2013

pokami

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Clue Word mixes crosswords with anagrams and adds a little more to the mix to make it unique. It's simple and addictive.

Associated Apps:  Clue Word, Clue Word [Free]

Reply to comment Posted February 25, 2013

CleverClues

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Clever Clues is an addictive quiz game that challenges your knowledge and vocabulary.

Great exercise for keeping your brain active and nimble. The perfect antidote for boredom while on the train, plane, bus or tram. Easy to pick up on your coffee break!

If you like crosswords, quizzes, word searches or other word puzzle games, you'll be hooked on Clever Clues.

Associated Apps:  Clever Clues

Reply to comment Posted March 14, 2013

jedwsmith

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Clamor is a great new word game that hasn't gotten a lot of attention, unfortunately. It's a two-player game, kind of a cross between Scrabble and Bananagrams, with a lot of fun and challenging components, such as power-ups and different board selections.

Associated Apps:  Clamor

Reply to comment Posted April 23, 2013

clee2005

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Try "Wordio" It's an addictive Tetris, Boggle, Scrabble combination.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/wordium/id633324440?mt=8

Reply to comment Posted May 17, 2013

WordnRoll

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You also might want to check out the new action word game "WordnRoll". Tetris/Scrabble gamestyle. Single and multiplayer and NO MORE waiting on turns.

http://www.wordnroll.com
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordnroll/id656617182

Reply to comment Posted July 02, 2013

ColorCodeWords

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Hello to All. Please take a look at the new "Color Code Words" word game. A lot of effort has gone into it's making and I hope the result is attractive to word gamers. Decode color codes into words while competing against other players times/scores.
A iPhone App has just been released in iTunes.
Enjoy.

The games website is http://www.colorcodewords.com
The app is available here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/color-code-words/id664455396?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Reply to comment Posted July 16, 2013

yedlahs

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Check out the "Word Wire" game. Mixes fun with learning with easy to use interface.

https://itunes.apple.com/cg/app/word-wire/id556465009?mt=8

Associated Apps:  Word Wire, Word Wire Lite

Reply to comment Posted July 24, 2013

OllieBolleee

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Linking Word Game is a simple but fun & addictive word game for the iPhone & iPad. With an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win an iPad mini when you buy the game (only $0.99/£0.69), it's really worth the download.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/linking-word/id673688002?mt=8
www.linkingwordgame.com

Reply to comment Posted September 08, 2013

wordeez

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Boost up your vocabulary and Sharpen your mind .. In lite and playful mood.
Just download Wordeez and all set

Grab your free Copy Now:

https://itunes.apple.com/pk/app/wordeez/id689682101?mt=8

Reply to comment Posted September 11, 2013

GameBuddy2012

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Here something totally fresh in this genre: http://www.guessit1st.com/guessit1st/promo.html

Associated Apps:  Guess it 1st

Reply to comment Posted November 08, 2013

bobalooie1973

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The guy who creates the newspaper daily Jumble puzzles (and a lot more) has a word game app named Just 2 Words and it is outrageously good. Here is info:http://www.just-2-words.com

Reply to comment Posted December 06, 2013

TalkTheWalk

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Here's a great word game for two players of two teams of players. Excellent iTunes review.

A fun, simple and refreshing word game for two or more players. Simply talk for two minutes on the subject given. Cover every angle you can think of: descriptions, associations, facts, phrases, sayings, famous people, fictional characters and myths. Remember, there are no wrong answers. How many of the eight key words and phrases associated with the subject will you cover? Score points for each one you mention.

Diversity is the key, this is a game where breadth of knowledge and lateral thinking is rewarded – but don’t miss out the obvious answers too! For example, tell me something interesting about ... apples. You’ll get a point for saying apples are a fruit, but will you talk about William Tell splitting an apple with his arrow or mention New York as the Big Apple?

Notes
For two players or two teams
200 categories to play
Suitable for all the family
Devised in United Kingdom and some answers make reference to UK culture

Genius!
by DebbieK1912
I first played "Tell me something interesting" with some lovely friends after dinner. It's a great mix of answers so everyone can join in. As someone who's not very good at trivial pursuits it's perfect for me as I tend to get the more "creative" answers. My husband can be relied upon to get the more intellectual ones!

We've played it a number of times since, however, it really came into its own during the school holidays with my niece and nephew (13 & 11 yrs. respectively). It kept us occupied after dinner, on train rides and during the long waits for rides at Chessington. They had a great time playing and as soon as we were sat still for more than 5 minutes requested we play another game. We modified the rules slightly, instead of passing the phone between players, I kept the phone, waited until they'd got the first few answers and then gave them clues to the rest. It tested my knowledge to ensure I came up with credible clues and it allowed them to get a significant amount of answers each time. If they didn't know the answers it was something we could look up or chat about. This brilliant app has kept us occupied for hours - Thank you!!

Associated Apps:  Tell Me Something Interesting

Reply to comment Posted December 29, 2013

radutz

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Check out brand new Tops & Tails - Multiplayer Words Domino Game - a unique, intuitive and addictive word game available on the AppStore. Write words that start with the last two letters of previous given word. Download now for free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tops-tails-multiplayer-words/id784472605?ls=1&mt=8

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/tech/2013/07/top-best-word-games-for-iphone-and-ipad-2013/

Reply to comment Posted February 08, 2014

TellMeSomethingInteresting

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Here's one based on UK culture. It's 69p ($0.99)

A fun, simple and refreshing iPhone App word quiz game for two or more players – friends and family. Simply talk for two minutes on the subject given. Cover every angle you can think of: descriptions, associations, facts, phrases, sayings, famous people, fictional characters and myths. Remember, there are no wrong answers. How many of the eight key words and phrases associated with the subject will you cover? Score points for each one you mention.

Diversity is the key, this is a game where breadth of knowledge and lateral thinking is rewarded – but don’t miss out the obvious answers too! For example, tell me something interesting about … apples. You’ll get a point for saying apples are a fruit, but will you talk about William Tell splitting an apple with his arrow or mention New York as the Big Apple?

This is the iTunes Link
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tell-me-something-interesting/id638798005?mt=8&uo=4&at=1l3uZQ9

And here is the website
http://www.tellmesomethinginteresting.co.uk

We hope to add some new categories for download through 'in app purchases' - then make the app free... It would be great to get your feedback on how we should develop the app. We have had great reviews so far

Associated Apps:  Tell Me Something Interesting

Reply to comment Posted March 06, 2014