Word Puzzle Reviews

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Jujii8
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Jujii8
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Posted on 18 June 19 at 06:28
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Does a generic name like Word Puzzle breed a similarly generic game?

Word Puzzle Review

Word Puzzle is a casual word search game with a couple different gameplay variants to keep things interesting. There really isn't too much on offer here other than a few modes as well as local and online multiplayer. The lack of substance does not equate to a lack of challenge though.

Presentation
The game doesn't boast high-quality graphics, but it also doesn't need to. The letters are clear, the main aesthetic is reminiscent of ancient civilizations, and the music is passable (but can become repetitive). It's all very compotent, which is what you'd expect from this type of game.

Gameplay
Since this is a word search game, the core gameplay is fairly one-note. The game does its best to offer variety, and I think it does a pretty good job of doing so. There are three main modes to choose from: Survival, Arcade, and Free Play. Free Play offers a relaxing way to play by allowing you to choose some custom settings as well as lacking a time limit. This is a good way to practice or just casually play if you enjoy the game. Arcade mode is still pretty laxed, but it does have a time limit, which can be replenished whenever a word is found. Lastly, Survival mode is really the meat and bones of the game. There are in-game distractions, a time limit, increasingly difficult puzzles, and certain word requirements that must be found in order to progress (however, those words constantly change). In addition to these various modes, there are three types of boards: Cube, Square, and Irregular. Each offer a different challenge (with Square being the easiest). For a straight-forward game as this, I'm pleasantly surprised by what it has to offer in terms of variety. They have modes for the casual, average, and pro gamer. The addition of multiplayer is also a nice touch, but as you can guess, it's pretty dead.

The major downfall of the game is only the type of game it is. It's not fun for hours at a time. It can get frustrating if you're having difficulty finding a word or two. It's not really designed for long session though, so I can't fault it too much for that. Also, I'm sure maybe some creative minds could have come up with other gameplay varieties that could have improved the game, but I'm honestly quite happy with what they came up with.

Final Thoughts
I do appreciate the options that the game brings to the table. They could have just included one of the three modes and called it a day, but they did go the extra mile to give us a little more. While at the end of the day, it's a still a word search game, I found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would. It's not a milestone in gaming history, but it's a fun, quick distraction that any type of gamer can enjoy for a bit.
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