Word Games

Solve word puzzles with Decoder Ring Gold

Touch screens are perfect for newspaper-style games like Sudoku and crosswords. Why not make a game that combines both of those games then? That’s what Decoder Ring Gold from Chicago-based developer Babaroga sets out to do. Sequel to 2009’s Decoder Ring, the Gold version is a fun little freemium app for iPhone and iPad that should especially appeal to word game fans.

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Say the Same Thing for iPhone review: Try to guess the same word as your friends in this hilarious word game

Say the Same Thing is a fun turn-by-turn word game by the band OK Go where you must try to guess the same word as your friend, a random stranger, or a member of the band. It's refreshingly fun and is sure to get those creative juices flowing.

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Letterpress updated, adds shake to shuffle, high contrast theme, more

Letterpress by Atebits, the word game darling of geeks everywhere, has been updated to version 1.3. New features include the ability to shake to shuffle letters (credited to developer Loren Brichter's wife -- don't ask about the dance!), a new high-contrast theme, the ability to view replays in Safari or Chrome, and some behind the scenes awesomizing of an undisclosed nature.

If you're already playing Letterpress, grab the update now. If not, head on over to the App Store and try it. It's free, and it's spectacular.

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Wordament, the first Xbox Live game from Microsoft, hits - and misses on - the iPhone

Microsoft has just released Wordament, their first XBox Live game for the iPhone. Wordament is really well regarded on Windows Phone, but the iPhone version is... disappointing, especially coming from one of the biggest, best software developers in the world, and one that owns its own mobile and gaming platforms. It doesn't support the iPhone 5 screen size, it doesn't properly support multitasking, and the interface is just not very good.

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Letterpress by Atebits review

Letterpress is deceptively simple. A five-by-five grid of letters is laid out on the screen. You and your opponent have full visibility to the board, and must make words out of the letters provided. As you do, those letters are colored in—blue for your letters, red for theirs—and each move steals letters back, affecting the letter-count score at the top of the screen. Things get slightly trickier when the letters on the four sides of a played letter are also played in the same color, when the lock-in effect causes the center to go darker. In this case, the letter can still be played, but no points transfer. Each word must consist of at least two letters, and no word can be re-played.

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Word Ball for iPhone now available

Word Ball, by Continuous Integration, is a new word game on the iPhone. The goal of the game is to keep the letters alive by spelling words with them.

I'm generally terrible at word games and thus avoid them like the plague, but I've actually enjoyed playing Word Ball. I may not be good at it, but it's enjoyable and a great little time-killer.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[App Store link]

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Words With Friend HD update brings shuffle

Newtoy Inc. has updated their popular word game, Words With Friends HD, with the ability to shuffle your tiles and much more.

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