If you like word games, you’ll love Wordology ($2.99). In this game, the object is to create as many words as possible, using up as many tiles as possible and leaving as few tiles possible on-screen. At first, you can leave a handful of tiles, but that number gets smaller and smaller as you progress through the levels, all of which are not entirely too difficult. You’re awarded bonus points by using certain tiles, granted extra lives by using colored tiles, and given a faster timer with the presence of other tiles. But all in all, with so many tiles to choose from, this never really seems to be a problem. In fact, some of my longest words exceeded 10 letters (which I felt was great; most word games don’t let you think about long words at all).
As a word game enthusiast, I could play just about any type of word game, but I really enjoyed and appreciated the great graphics of this game. You can tell by Wordology’s polished look that the development team really took pride in making an aesthetically pleasing game to be enjoyed for hours. If it’s any indication by how much I really liked the game, it certainly delivered. Of course, the actual game itself was fun and addictive, and it’s one of those games one who loves word games won’t tire of. There are just so many opportunities to make great words and beat your high score.
How does one lose, then? You need to run out of all of your lives. This can be done by having the timer run out at any given time or by misspelling a word. But even 2 letter words are good to go here, so it’s hard to really mess up.
If there’s any gripe I had with this game, it’s probably trying to figure out how to rid myself of 20 lives once I had the letters D, X, and W on my game screen. There’s not much I can do with those, and it didn’t look like it was possible for me to end the game then and there. I had to wait until the timer ran out on every life before I got a “game over” screen. That’s not so much a big deal; I could have accelerated the process by faking words “W,” “X,” and “D,” all of which would have cost me a life. But there should be an option that says “end game” or something when it’s clear there are no move remaining.
But that gripe aside, Wordology is incredible fun, and at this point, it’s my favorite word game for the iPhone.