April 30, 2010

Vic Mahfood

WordSnake...Words Without Borders

COST: 99 cents
CATEGORIES: Entertainment, Games, Native, Puzzle, Word Game
..RELEASED: 4/24/10, VERSION: 1.0 -- RATING: 3 Stars..

What games do you play when you feel like some entertainment or distraction, but don't want a mindless time-waster? Well, what about killing two birds with one stone such as improving and testing your vocabulary while enjoying a fun and extraordinary challenge? WordSnake...Words Without Borders seems like the very thing to fill all those needs. Honestly, this is a word game like no other that you've ever played. It is a game with a heart-warming story and an unusual mission to fulfill in order to complete it successfully. Your mission is to assist Elmer, the WordSnake, from his den to the faraway den of Ophelia, his true (and very Shakespearian) love. However, there is one tiny albeit important detail to keep in mind. Elmer can only cross the game board by slithering over actual words which form his bridge.

This bridge of love is built by using 130 letter tiles. Of course, no excellent game would be complete without assorted Obstacles and Shortcuts which make Elmer's (and your) job that much more difficult. Obstacles are pure hindrances, while Shortcuts are welcome, helping hands to get Elmer closer to Ophelia. Additionally, you receive letter and word bonus icons to increase your score. A particularly thoughtful and helpful option that I like is the Word Tinting feature which permits you to see the word bridge as it is being steadily constructed. You may also play the game in English or Spanish, as you prefer, selected from the Menu/Options. Game play consists of dragging and dropping letters on tinted tiles. When a letter snaps into place, the adjacent tile tints so that you may add another letter there. Once an actual word is formed, those tiles turn blue. Beware of putting a tile incorrectly into an almost completed word though as you will lose that whole word! Some of the exciting and challenging features you will find within WordSnake...Words Without Borders are as follows:

• Easy Drag ‘N Drop function to build words
• Millions of puzzles randomly generated on three colorful maps
• 3 Levels of Difficulty
• 130 letter tiles including QU, CH, TH, ER and IN tiles
• 20 trillion variations of letter strings. Yes, Trillion.
• Animated Obstacles and Shortcuts
• Bonus icons to score Double & Triple Letter scores and Double & Triple word scores
• Word Tinting option to better build bridges
• Sneak peek at the next letter
• Undo button for misplaced letters
• Zoom in and out with ease of a pinch
• Center Map button to reorient the game board
• Pause the game at any time and resume where you left off
• ‘Snake A Friend’ email invitation
• Play your own music from your iPod
• Postings to Facebook & Twitter

Some options in the game, accessed through Menu/Options, which provide a pleasant change of scenery are the three maps: Desert Breeze, Ice Breakers and Zoo Mania. You may choose any of these maps on which to build your word bridge. As you might imagine, each map has its own set of Obstacles, Shortcuts and Bonus Icons. For example, in Ice Breakers, your accompanying Obstacles are Polar Bears, Ice Cracks, Walruses and Ice Storms. When you have finally brought Elmer to Ophelia's den and completed your circuitous route, you may then upload your scores to Facebook or Twitter. As a fun, bragging option, you can even 'Snake A Friend' which is a special e-mail to your friend to beat your score. WordSnake...Words Without Borders is a mind-training, gratifying iPhone game that will amuse you while honing your vocabulary.

Remember word game lovers, oBoGames does not take entertainment lightly. In fact, they firmly believe in "Entertainment That Makes You Smarter". I would have to say this rule applies to this very enjoyable and challenging word game. Upcoming features will include such cool items as: Pass and Play, Snake charmer’s basket to trash letters, Online contests with cash prizes, 6 more maps and Mini Challenges. If you are a Scrabble fan, you will enjoy WordSnake...Words Without Borders, the more picturesque version of a Scrabble game that also has a gratifying ending.

Developer Quote: "Scrabble players, break free from your border confines and venture onto the endless world of WordSnake."

--OS and Age Rating: This app requires OS 3.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: Currently, this game is on sale for only 99 cents, so grab it before it returns to its regular price.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English, Spanish
--Developer Link: Gold Brothers Entertainment, LLC
--Twitter Link: @obo_games
--Facebook Link: oBo Games

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