Maybe it’s because I’m a bookworm, but I love word games. They keep me on my toes, and teach me a new word every now and again. Word games on your Android are wide-ranging, some best for solo play, while others let you play others, even your Facebook friends. Whether you’re in it for the education, or just want to beat your buddies’ high scores, here are some Android word games to stimulate the brain, and fingers!
7 Little Words
Those who love word games won’t be able to resist 7 Little Words for Android. This game combines concepts that are found in crossword puzzles and anagram games to create an entirely new challenge. It’s a tough one, but it’s undeniably addictive.
You are given a series of clues and a specification of the number of letters that each word is made up of (never more than seven). The bottom half of the screen is made up of an assortment of tiles that have letters on them.
To play, you must assemble a word that you believe matches one of the definitions at the top of the screen. To do this, tap the tiles in chronological order, and then tap the “Guess” button to see if you’re right. If the word fits the clue, a check mark will appear on your list and those tiles will disappear from the board. Once you solve the set of clues, you pass the level.
There are 30 different free, individual sets of clues (these can be found in the “Sunrise” pack), and each one is numbered. Contrary to your gut instinct, these levels don’t seem to become more difficult as you play. They seem to be a mix of easy and difficult.
When you run out of all the free clues, you can buy more sets for $0.99 each from within the app.
The app doesn’t penalize players for making a wrong guess, and there is no time limit. This is great news for more-relaxed word puzzlers who want to play at their own pace, but I could see how it might wear on those who are more competitive. I think the game might become just a bit more interesting if a gaming mode was included that would add or subtract points depending on how quickly you solve a puzzle, or how many guesses you attempt before finding the correct answer.
7 Little Words doesn’t have an exceptionally well-designed interface, but it can’t be classified as ugly, either. I’ll admit, though, that when I saw the dull gray scales and smiley-face icon, I had low expectations. 7 Little Words turned out to be a wonderful surprise! This is yet another example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Especially if it’s a free app.
7 Little Words is a word game app for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, and anagram games, you’re going to love 7 Little Words! Each bite-size puzzle consists of 7 clues, 7 mystery words, and 20 letter groups.
DropWords considers itself a mix between Boggle and Bejeweled. The game methodology certainly mixes things up, with letter tiles dropping off as you create words with them. The result is a refreshed letter tile set with every word completed. The bigger the word, the bigger your opportunity for board replenishment. High scores are golden achievements in this addictive game.
Unolingo is a cool crossword puzzle but has no clues, only letters! Each puzzle is a 10×10 crossword containing up to 25 words in them. Since there are no clues, you need to figure out where the letters go to form the correct words. Now, there are some letters already filled in on the puzzle. If you get stuck, you can hit the hint button. There is also an audit button which will check your answers for you. The game has a nice tips area and a FAQ section to provide some guidance. The game comes with five sections with 30+ puzzles in each, providing plenty of gameplay. Unolingo will keep up with your statistics and does time you. If you enjoy this game, there are more in this series that you can purchase.
21 Ice Clues crosses word scrambling with crosswords
It turns out a fun game doesn’t require high production value. Sure, frantic 3D graphics and first-person shooter mayhem deliver excitement, but sometimes a smart idea well executed makes for a good time. That’s 21 Ice Clues. It’s a clever word game that’s short on glitz but long on engaging puzzles.
The format reminds me of a crossword puzzle crossed with a word scramble. You’ll find sentence based clues like “obscured from view” and letter counts, in this example “6”. Ice cube blocks of two and three letters each fill the bottom of the screen but the order is jumbled, so you must build your answer by touching block by block in the correct order once you think you’ve solved it. The answer to this sample is “HI”, “DD”, “EN”. Select your solution then press the “guess” button. If you’re right, a cute penguin (one of the only animations) slides by to remove the clue and the blocks from the screen and drop in a new clue. I found the game seriously challenging and engaging.
Each puzzle supplies 21 clues and there are 12 puzzles in the first free set titled “Ice Cream”. For 99 cents each, you can purchase new puzzle sets with names like “Blizzard”, “Snowball”, “Popsicle”, “Glacier”, “Igloo”, and so on. The creators say more sets are on their way.
There’s no timer to stress you out and no penalty for wrong guesses. Since the first set of puzzles are free, it’s easy to try it yourself and see if you like it.
So You Think You Know Words
So You Think You Know Words is a very different sort of game. What you have to do is guess (and spell) three different words from the letters provided. Now the words are all somewhat related based on the topic or puzzle pack you choose. If needed, you can turn on the hints to reveal a letter in each word or even ask for help via Facebook. The game comes with five different puzzle packs: TV and Movies, Anatomy, Animals, Food, and Synonyms. Within each pack there are close to 100 puzzles. If you were to choose TV and Movies, one puzzle you can chose is Starship Captains. The game will keep track of your progress and indicates more puzzles are coming. A pro version is also available. This is definitely a thinking man’s game, plus knowing some trivia does not hurt.
If you like word games, you’re gonna love So You Think You Know Words! It’s the great new word game that’s truly all about words. Playing is simple: find three answers for each clue. Take all the time you need — there’s no timer, no scorecard, and no penalty for wrong guesses.
Word to Word: Association
Word to Word is the one word game in this group that does not involve spelling. The object of the game is to find the connection or association between the groups of words in the list. The game is very simple to pick up and play. To start a game, simply choose the puzzle pack you want to play and go. The game currently has 11 puzzle packs and each pack has 40 levels. There is no time requirement and when you finish a level, it is marked with a star. Overall, it is a fun game but doesn’t pack as much of a challenge compared to the others in this list.
Hot… Cold. Smart… Intelligent. Fire… Truck. Dog… Cat. Sugar… Coffee. Words can be opposite. Words can mean the same thing. Words can be compound words. Words just have to be related! Be careful though! As puzzles get harder, a word can have multiple matches so you’ll have to get the right combination of words to complete each puzzle and solve all the pairs.
Dabble is a spelling game where you race against the clock. You begin with five rows of letters, two on the top, then three, four, five and six in the following rows. You job is to figure out what word goes in each row. There are no hints or help: is it better to start with the largest word and then work your way down? Good question. As you play you will be forming words, but are they the words the game will accept? There are in-game achievements you can earn. Dabble is available as an award-winning board game and you can also play it on Facebook.
Crossword & search
Shortyz Crosswords is for those longing to hold a folded newspaper in their hands, with tons of free puzzles, and even a premium option for The New York Times dailies. Select which publications’ crossword puzzles you’d like to download. There’s plenty of hints to push you along, and settings for how much help you get. This Android app is free.
If its elongated ovals you like, there’s always WordSearch Unlimited. Play as many word search games as you like, getting hints as needed. Tracing letters with your finger is a lot more expedient than circling stretches of letters on paper. This clean Android game has themed boards and categorized word lists.
WordPops is a delightful game, with word bubbles ready to pop with each word completion. You start with an empty board, and it’s in your best interest to keep it as tidy as possible. Spell fast; don’t let these hypnotizing bubbles get too crowded. This Android game is free.
wordoid! comes with a board full of letters, waiting to be formed into words. You can go in any direction to connect letters, and earn bonus points for certain tiles. Sometimes you’ll even get a wild card. That should boost your score quite nicely. The longer words get bigger scores, so stretch your mind and your fingers. This Android game is free.
TextTwist has made the jump to mobile, with a sequel to boot. Shuffle the six letters you’re given, spelling out as many word combos as you can. Your time is limited, so you’ll have to spell fast. Don’t get the six-letter word? You won’t advance to the next level. This free Android version’s got five game modes, and trophies to unlock, adding a few perks the early PC editions lacked.