July 11, 2010

Vocab U



COST: 99 cents
CATEGORIES: Entertainment, Games, Native, Puzzle, Word Game
..UPDATED: 5/12/10, VERSION: 1.01 -- RATING: 5 Stars..




Developer Snapshot: "This is not your simple find a word, scramble some letters game, or build the same old words. Vocab U will test your word skills to the max."

There are all sorts of challenging and unique word games. Yet, I feel Vocab U deserves a prize for being unusually addicting and entertaining. If you enjoy using a large vocabulary or learning new words daily, Vocab U is right up your alley. It is a fascinating word game consisting of an interesting mix of word scramble, word search and boggle. You are given a definition at the top of your display, a set of empty tiles in the middle, and an arrangement of letters underneath. Basically, you search for letters in this arrangement to make the correct word matching the definition. Word game lovers, you are bound to enjoy this challenging iPhone game. Now, the object of this game is to solve 50 word puzzles! Notice there are 10 words in each of 5 levels. Also, beware the levels get tougher as you move through the definitions. Each word has a unique point value which determines your final score. If you are stuck on a word, and you probably will be, feel free to slide the screen backwards or forward to your next new or unfinished word. This means you can keep plugging away at the elusive letters until the light bulb goes off in your head! If you are a truly compulsive, competitive soul, you will want to race the clock to complete your words. If you just want to kick back and relax, don't use the clock at all. Something I really like about Vocab U is its thoughtfulness in providing hints or swapping to another definition when I am stymied. I never look a gift horse in the mouth! Some of the fun game features of Vocab U are as follows:

- 2 game modes: Classic and Clock Crunch
- Each game has 5 levels of 10 words each
- 250,000 words and definitions
- Each new level has a different scramble word
- Drag and drop letters for easy game play
- Second definitions available to assist with difficult words
- Letter hints available - as many as you can afford
- Upload to Facebook and Twitter

When you open Vocab U, the screen will give you Menu, Shuffle and Hint buttons. You should tap Menu and then How To Play to read through some excellent and descriptive instructions on how to enjoy this unique game. I very much appreciated its instruction manual appearance which includes arrows pointing to features and comprehensive coverage of all the good stuff included. Simply slide through pages by tapping the side arrows. You are also given a tutorial video which additionally demonstrates how to play. You may use the Hint feature if you get stuck, but you must have a minimum of 10 points to do so. Use the Shuffle button to change the order of the letters in the scrambled box. When words are correctly completed, they turn green, but if they are incorrect or incomplete they turn red. I don't like to boast, but I did upload my hefty score to Facebook at the end of the game. Without a doubt, Vocab U will both educate and entertain you at the same time.


--OS and Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: Enjoy this tutorial video: Vocab U
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer Link: Gold Brothers Entertainment, LLC
--Twitter Link: @obo_games
--Facebook Link: oBo Games
Visit the iTunes App Store for more details, and to download:
VOCAB U
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Fun Stuff - Word of The Day:
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