It is a well known fact among my friends and colleagues that I like word games. This stems from my love of reading, as well as my adoration of games and puzzles. So, when I was contacted about doing a review of a brand new, and really sweet, iPhone text game, I got all warm and fuzzy inside. Yep, that is right, I got really excited about a new iPhone game.
I truly believe that if you try out Wordology, you will be just as excited as I am. Wordology is a word game that basically functions like a cross between scrabble and text twist. You are given a 'tray' of letters, each on a stack of other letters, and attempt to spell out words to empty your canvas. At a certain point value, you are able to move on to the next level, though you are not required to. All of the letters are random, though they are based on logical patterns (multiple As, few Qs, etc.), which allows for infinite game play.
The fact that the letters are randomly assigned really makes me happy. See, I love text games, and there are hundreds of good ones out there for the iPhone or iPod Touch, but most of them have a limited vocabulary. There is only so much you can program into these games, as they have specific dictionaries with which they need to work. This is not the case for Wordology, so it is a much better game. You can sit down on the bus, pull out your iPhone, and play Wordology while heading to work, month after month. I know this, as I have been doing this since March.
Another thing that I really like about Wordology is the iPhone interface that they developed. The user interface is flawless, and looks like it was well planned out. All of my touches were immediately recognized, and that assisted me greatly. The animations were nifty and happened without a glitch. Frankly, I believe that Wordology is a well planned out and executed game that is highly specialized for the iPhone.
A third thing that I enjoy about Wordology is the fact that the dictionary is expansive and almost all-inclusive. While I already talked about the infinite game play, the fact that you can use almost any English word makes that game play even better. Slurve, Liger, and Motherboard were all accepted by the internal dictionary. Only a few words were missed, and most of those were either technical or words that you wouldn't want to say in front of your mother. In almost every other word-based game, both for the iPhone and for regular gaming devices, I run into limits where I know more than the dictionary; with Wordology, I never had that issue.
I know, I know, I keep on talking about the positives of Wordology, how about the negatives. Well, there are none … sorry …
Overall, I really enjoyed playing around with Wordology on my iPhone. Sure, I was frustrated when I couldn't find a word and lost the game, but the actual game was engrossing and amusing. This, combined with the infinite game play, and the amazingly smooth UI, makes me really enjoy this game. While I like some of the other words game on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Wordology is my new favorite, and it merits: