Unlike the original Bookworm game, which takes place on one screen and the player creates words with connected letters, Bookworm Adventures doesn't require selecting connected letters to create words.
Each of the three books in the story contains ten chapters. Lex must battle his way from the start of the chapter to the big boss at the end of the chapter in search of the kidnapped Cassandra, the oracle.
After defeating the big boss of the chapter, Lex gains a strength or power to help him in bigger and more challenging battles that await him. Lex can only choose three of these powers at the start of a chapter. It's a challenge to select wisely as available powers include those that provide protection, more power in attacking the enemy and helping Lex regain some of his health.
Not only do you create words, but you also try to create them with helpers like gemstones or special words to add more power. The longer the word, the more power Lex gets in attacking the enemy. A super long word can kill an enemy on the first shot.
The story contains a mix of characters and scenery found in The Odyssey, Greek myths, Egypt, and monsters like Frankenstein, the Mummy and Dracula. Cassandra guides Lex throughout the game so the player doesn't need to read any boring instructions to play the game.
The instructions and Lex's commentary are full of humor to keep the player hooked. Starting the game, I instinctively moved fast, thinking time made a difference. Relax, it doesn't. Take your time. Make big words.
The game has slight changes to keep it interesting and make an addict out of you as it did me. For instance, the enemy can render some letters in the 4x4 grid useless. You can still use the smashed or plagued tiles, but it affects the points you earn. Lex lets you know how powerful your word is by providing verbal responses. Here is the order of comments from least powerful to most powerful: Good, Wow, Nice, Very Good, Awesome, Excellent, Fantastic and Astonishing! We want Lex to say, "Astonishing," often, but "Awesome" and "Excellent," will do.