6 Brain Tantalizing Word Games For
Lunch Breaks and Beyond

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

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When it comes to action oriented games on my smartphone I find myself all thumbs. That's why I stick to simulationpuzzle, and word game titles that let me rely on my brain matter rather than finger twitch skills. Whenever I have 5-10 minutes available, I like to give my cerebral cortex a good stretch with one of these brain challenging titles...

iOS

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Left: Letterpress - Right: Puzzlejuice

Letterpress
Letterpress is a social, turn-based game that can get quite competitive. Users are paired up with opponents, randomly or with friends via Game Center, to control a 5 x 5 grid of random letters. Each player take turns forming words, the letters used claimed by the speller. I find the key to victory is to use unclaimed letters slowly and dominate vowels to overpower the board. This is one of my favorite ways to spend a free moment relaxing and exercising some brain power. Free

Puzzlejuice
What would happen if you combined Tetris and Boggle? You'd get something like Puzzlejuice. The game features falling pieces with numerous colors like Tetris; when three or more of these colors are in direct contact, players tap it to transform them into letters, entering the Boggle-ish phase of the game. With letters on the board, players are challenged to create words to garner points and wipe them from the board. Strategy, organization, and an always strategic mind are honed all while playing this highly addictive game. $2

Android

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Left: Spelltower - Right: Solitaire of Words

Spelltower
The object of Spelltower is to clear the board of letters by formulating words with letters vertically, horizontally, and even diagonally from one another. Simple to learn, but difficult to master. Players looking for more variety will find additional modes: Puzzle Mode, Rush Mode and Debate Mode for multi-player fun. $2 - Also available for iOS

Solitaire of Words
If you're familiar with Solitaire, this game should be comfortably familiar, except instead of using numbered cards, players use words. This provides an array of gameplay options compared to the restrictions and precision of a traditional game of solitaire. The game ends when all cards are placed into words (bonus points are given for longer words). Free

Windows Phone

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Left: Wordament - Right: Word Twist

Wordament
Microsoft turns wordplay into an internet-wide tournament with Wordament, the game where word nerds can find international glory. A random 4 x 4 grid of letters is presented to players, who then compete against thousands at the same time. There are many ways to become a renowned champion, whether it be by frequently making the longest words, with more words, or by scoring the most points consistently. Free - Also available for iOS - Equivalent for Android

Word Twist
Word Twist is a popular word game that has been done in many shapes and forms, but all possess the same spirit. Players are presented with 6 letters, which they are tasked with using to make words. There are only a certain amount of possibilities and the only way to proceed to the next round is to discover over half of them. When the standard mode gets old or too easy, there are multiple high difficulty modes to conquer. Free - Equivalent for iOS / Android

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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