Word games often have you matching or unscrambling letters to reveal words within, but Quote Codes is a bit different; in this game coming to iOS next Thursday, your goal isn’t to create words but to decode them.
Drawing quotes and iconic lines from all spectrums of pop culture and media, you must use a given cipher to piece together the full phrase, using deduction to match vowels and other letters with their abstract symbols.
As you decode quotes from Stranger Things or Game of Thrones, you’ll be able to track progress, mistakes made, even use of special power-ups once you unlock them.
Word game fans will be able to find Quote Codes on App Store, where it’ll be available on the 18th.
Rovio’s latest addition publishing adventure is the fiendishly tricky word game Word Monsters. Developed by Raketspel, this free-to-play puzzler blends wordsearch gameplay with gravity manipulation, creating a game that demands fast thinking and forward planning.
You have to find all of the words in each of Word Monster’s tile puzzles. Each round has a theme – one may have you searching for animals, while another will be spent locating girls’ names. This does make things tricky at first, as you are unfamiliar with the words the game uses. But by the time you unlock higher level challenges you’ll be familiar with the game’s limited vocabulary.
Discovering a word by tracing a line along it will make it vanish, and cause all the letters above it drop down, changing the layout of the board. This means that you need plan moves well in advance, as it is it easy to swipe yourself into a corner, leaving no way to escape.
While puzzles can frustrate, there are times when your anger will be directed elsewhere. On small screens the tiles are very fiddly to manage. Too often we found ourselves missing the desired word because we couldn’t see what we’d highlighted. With only 60 seconds for each puzzle, and your three-star rating based on speed, this can lead to moments of fury as you find yourself cheated from your reward by the poor interface.
The other huge flaw is that the game can accidentally generate words the game won…
App Store success stories can often come from the place you least expect. The Letris series is one such success, and it’s a game franchise we haven’t really had our eye on. The premise is simple: it’s Tetris with letters – essentially a more single-minded version of Puzzlejuice.
You create words through tapping letters, and try not to let your stack reach the top of the screen. Letris 3 is the latest in a series so popular that’s it’s apparently spawned its own game show, so we though it was finally time for us to see what all the fuss is about.
The simple premise offers up a surprising amount of varied gameplay. One stage will have you using letter to a set number of words. Another will have you clearing stone blocks by using the letters adjacent to them, and yet another will require you to survive for a set period of time. The tap controls are easy to master, and in terms of engagement, the consistently rising screen creates a tension that never dulls no matter the circumstance.
What ultimately detracts from this tension, however, is the game’s freemium design. Each stage will consume one of your Letris tiles, of which you only have a limited amount. You can gain more for achieving at least two stars upon completion, but if you run out (by, let’s say, failing at a particularly difficult stage), you will have to either wait for the tiles to be refilled, or pay for more.
Word Lens — itunes.apple.com download now on the App Store, and purchase language packs when you need them! Languages currently available using in-app purchase: – Spanish to English – English to Spanish Try the demo modes first to get a sense of the technology in action — reverse or erase Spanish and English words! Check us out at: questvisual.com Now available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3gs, and iPod Touch 4. Word Lens can instantly translates printed words from one language to another using the video camera on your iPhone. No network delay, no roaming fees, and no reception problems. Word Lens is a dictionary — evolved. It looks up words for you, and shows them in context. You can use Word Lens on your vacations to translate restaurant menus, street signs, and other things that have clearly printed words. Word Lens has its limits. Sometimes the translation will have mistakes, and may be hard to understand, but it usually gets the point across. If a translation fails, there is a way to manually look up words by typing them in. Word Lens does not read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive. Try it, and tell us what you think!