The game gives letters and you make words from those letters, the crossword puzzle has a set amount of words to match your words to. If you come up with a word that isn’t in the crossword (proper names not included), you get a bonus coin. The more words you can find that aren’t on the crossword the more bonus coins you earn. Coins are used for hints if you get stuck not being able to come up with a word, but be careful as hints cost 100 coins. This game is definitely challenging, without needing money to play (at least so far as the third level of rounds), and I’m very happy for that. As you proceed through the levels, the puzzles become more challenging. A daily puzzle gives bonus coins as well, and is fun and different to play because it requires you to come up with a word in a particular order. The game gives you the ability to purchase more coins, but if you X out of it, it gives you a chance to earn 25 coins by watching a video, usually of another free game app. This is what I mean by this being a free game and not having to pay to play. The only downfall is that occasionally during the evenings when I’ve watched the video, I don’t receive the free 25 coins. I don’t know if it’s because a lot of players are playing and the system is getting bogged down or what. It usually only happens once. All in all, I love the game and recommend it.
Excellent game but 1 big issue...
By Cozy burger
Excellent game! It keeps my mind sharp and I love the daily challenges. In my opinion the ads are not bad at all! I get maybe 2 in 3 hours of playing. Unlike some games where there's 1 ad every 30 seconds, this one isn't bad at.
The one BIG issue I have is that the game often won't recognize words that are real English words. The problem with that is you get a coin for every "extra" word you find that is not in the puzzle and you can then use the coins to get hints if you're ever stuck. Based on the amount of extra words I've found (that are real words and the game just didn't recognize them) I should easily have at least triple the amount of coins I actually have. Not to mention it starts to get frustrating when you find words that you've used in previous levels of this exact game, or in other word games and you're not getting the credit for it. Even more frustrating is when the game will recognize a plural/singular tense of a word, but not the opposite. For example, "urge" and "urges" the game recognized one, but not the other. The reason I stop playing every time is because I get so frustrated finding words that the game doesn't think count. If this issue were fixed, the game would be absolutely perfect in my opinion.
By The Masked Dolphin
hello, I downloaded this application in the hopes of finding some nice, calming mental stimulation over my Christmas holiday. The dew drops and mountain scenes in the background really add to that; this game is, overall, quite soothing. It's like beachfront yoga for the mind.
HOWEVER, I was troubled to find two recurrent advertisements throughout the application. The first is for a game called "Toon Blast" with the caption "blast the cubes." Now, I understand how some children may find this entertaining; but I am quite appalled that the Wordscapes company found that an appropriate accompaniment to my soothing afternoon playing with word puzzles -- BLASTing??? My, this is troubling to say the least. The other advert is quite alarming, as it shows a scene of an elderly couple waking their adult child and saying, "quick! we must leave -- we sold the house!" Now, this is a lot of panic to set upon my calm mind. This boy now has to renovate a house??? On a moment's notice??? And why is he living with his elderly parents?? He looks quite old. I do not appreciate being reminded of the burden children have eternally on their parents lives while I'm playing Wordscapes.
Overall, great game, however I may have to stop playing if these troubling adverts don't end soon because I cannot remain calm.
Best of all the word games
Great format. The way getting words ends up giving hints for remaining words keeps the momentum going, so the experience stays fun and is rarely frustrating. If you do ever get stuck, you can buy a hint for a reasonable number of coins, which you earn at a decent rate by playing through the game, as well as with daily gifts and puzzles. Speaking of which, the daily puzzles keep your interest fresh and provide a fun twist on the format.
Best of all, this game doesn’t trip you up with obscure words you’ve never heard of. Almost all of the words you have to spell are commonly recognized, and if you do happen to find any words the puzzle doesn’t use, you’re rewarded with bonus coins. This game provides an incredible number of puzzles to progress through, along with daily puzzles, all for free, only having to bear an ad every couple of puzzles.
This app was very well designed. There are a lot of similar games out there, and you probably wouldn’t enjoy the overlap of having more than one, so I recommend this being the one you go with, because I really believe it’s the best one.
Kill Time, It’s fun minus a few things
It’s a great word game to play, between this and Ruzzle (my favorite), I think the game is pretty fun. I enjoy learning new words and expanding my vocabulary so this helps. The game allows you to guess words without a limit or consequence no matter how many incorrect tries. It also has a built in dictionary so you can look up the definitions of any of the words you find.
Cons: You don’t rack up many coins, so you have to be good at guessing or pay for more coins. The hints are so expensive for a game that doesn’t allow you to rake up many coins per round. To earn coins you have to play 16 round to get at most 75 coins. Each round you can earn coins by guessing words that aren’t in the puzzle using the letters given. You get one coin per word; ripoff. I guess it’s a money thing. The hints cost 100, 200, and 300 coins so be mindful of how often you ask for hints, unless you don’t mind buying coins.
Some words that are real words, aren’t recognized by the system. Some words you’ve probably never heard of, are definitely a part of the game. So with all that being said, I recommend the game, but it could be better.
Elegant and fun but could stand to be more rewarding
Very lovely uncluttered layouts and short puzzle times make this a great app for de-stressing and passing time on short bus rides, standing in line, etc. My kids also love it and will beg to "help" me find words if they catch me playing it. A few critiques: you have to do seemingly endless easy puzzles before getting to any remotely challenging ones; I wish they increased the difficulty sooner, maybe based on your solve time. Also not sure what the "brilliance" is about, and there's nothing to use the coins for either. I finished with over 3700 coins, but when I press "shop" the only option is to buy even MORE coins using real money. It's also kind of annoying that it won't accept certain real words for no apparent reason (e.g. girt, purl, cote, hod, coir, trice, creel, cant... and the list goes on). Yet it DOES use a bunch of slang words like blog, pic, toon, etc. What dictionary are they using?! Overall an excellent app, I'll probably go back and redo the upper levels from time to time (fortunately it unsolves them again after you finish).
Many words are overused for example you see words were used in multiple puzzles and far too many words that are good words- words that are not overused, are not included in the puzzles. Beautiful backgrounds and a very relaxing game. Kids should not be worse or cost 100 points but it takes 100 extra words not included the crosswords to come up with that many. To clarify what has to come back with 100 words that are not included in the puzzles just to be able to get want to hint at what hit is only one letter at a word either the entire ward that proportion is way off. Yes the same words are used over and over and over again that will be the reason that I stop playing this game. There are billions of words at the English language to use the same words over and over again completely deplete the purpose of the game. But it is a great relaxing way to enjoy a Phone game at all so I do find it addictive. It only needs slight revision. With the game finally finished is there a grand prize? it’s not clear on that.
Challenging and fun!
I love playing this game to be able to challenge my brain. I also love how if you put a word on the puzzle, you can click it to see the actual definition of the word. The only thing I don’t like is how getting a hint for just one letter in whole puzzle costs 100 coins. Yes, you can get a bunch of coins, and the hints are pretty easy to pay for, but I don’t like how they are so “overpriced” and the fact that you don’t even get to pick which spot to get a hint on makes it more overpriced. But despite this little issue, (which I would love to see changed in a possible next update,) this game is super fun and is just the right amount of challenging. A lot of the time when I am bored in the car, or traveling, or just ya going out in my room, I do use this game as a time killer, which does seem to be helpful to kill time, and it’s super soothing with all the calming slow music, and how the backgrounds on the puzzles are always really pretty pictures and they are really soothing to look at, too. I definitely love this game, and would love to see the one change made to it.
Good game but...
By tumblr saved me
Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me. I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed. She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead. Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running. Didn't make sense not to live for fun. Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb. So much to do, so much to see. So what's wrong with taking the backstreets? You'll never know if you don't go. You'll never shine if you don't glow. Hey now you're an All Star, get your game on, go play. Hey now you're a Rock Star, get the show on, get paid. And all that glitters is gold. Only shooting stars break the mold. It's a cool place, and they say it gets colder. You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older. But the meteor men beg to differ. Judging by the hole in the satellite picture. The ice we skate is getting pretty thin. The water's getting warm so you might as well swim. My world's on fire, how about yours? That's the way I like it and I'll never get bored.
Fun, but slightly flawed
This is a fun little game and as many have written, it can be somewhat addictive — “one more puzzle, then off to bed!” can easily turn into three or four. And “little game” may not be appropriate, as there are enough puzzles embedded in the free version to last quite some time. A lot of the solutions come easily enough, but every once in a while I get stuck on one to two words that simply don’t come into focus, and I have to set my tablet down and come back to it later with a fresh eye. The option is always there, however, to “buy a letter” with the virtual coins earned in playing.
The only irksome flaw I’ve noticed thus far (I’m not counting the intermittent “commercials” as this is, after all, the free version) is that very often the game won’t recognize and grant points for actual words. I don’t know how the developers populated their game dictionary, but they left quite a few out — quite often at least one or two per puzzle. Fix that and you’ve got a real winner, occasional commercials and all.