Where have all of the word-based puzzle games gone? I think they are hiding from Sudoku.
String ‘Em In is the new word based puzzle game, from those hard working people over at Connect2Media, for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game is based on a popular TV show (not that I have heard of this TV show, but then I don’t make a habit of browsing the channels looking for word based TV shows) and can now be enjoyed anywhere.
The game is simple to play. The player must create words from a grid filled with letters. The letters can be joined with any adjacent letter to create a word, and each word will giveÂ a differentÂ score dependant on which letters are used and how long the word is.The game has five different difficulty levels and, as each grid is generated randomly, the game has infinite playability. Upload your scores to the leaderboard and compare your wordy skills with friends for the ultimate bragging rights.
If you can manage to find the hot word of the day, then you will be granted double points. There are also opportunities to swap letters and power plays, that make the game more exciting. As you remove words, the letters will fall to fill the space. Clear the grid within the time limit to receive bonus points. The time limit is dependent on which mode that is chosen. Endless mode offers the most intense action, as the player has to find a word every thirty seconds, and letters are replaced, instead of removed, upon making a word.
String ‘Em In is a fairly basic game, but don’t be fooled into thinking that means that it is boring. There is a reason why the TV show has achieved success across Europe. Whilst gameplay can be a bit fiddly (due to the sheer size of the grid of letters, sections need to be magnified in order to select the letters for your word), once the player gets used to it, the game becomes all about finding the high scoring words. There is even a certain amount of strategy to be used. When trying to clear the grid and receive the bonus, players must plan ahead to avoid being left with only unusable letters.
This is a word game, so cutting edge graphics are perhaps not to be expected. That being said, String ‘Em In does look bright, colourful and clear, which is what matters. The layout is straight forward and easy to understand. The letters are coloured to represent their individual value and are clear enough to see without squinting, even when looking at the full grid.
Enjoyable word games were few and far between on the iPhone, but now there is String ‘Em In. Whilst not groundbreaking in either graphics or gameplay, this game will offer a decent challenge to word game fans everywhere.
This game is curently available on iTunes here for just Â£1.79. There is also a lite version available here for free.