The unique word puzzle which combines the skill of Sudoku with the knowledge of Scrabble®. Lexica has been featured in a number of UK daily newspapers but is now available for the first time in an interactive form.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (71 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014
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"As an unapologetic literophile, this game is more addictive than love and happiness. Always in bundles, simple, and oh-so-fun. Unbeatable word game."
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About This Game

The unique word puzzle which combines the skill of Sudoku with the knowledge of Scrabble®. Lexica has been featured in a number of UK daily newspapers but is now available for the first time in an interactive form.
Slide the letters into position to form words and solve the puzzle. It’s easy to get started, watch the tutorial, pick a level of difficulty to suit you and get puzzling. Improve your times, work through the levels and become a Lexica word master. Lexica is packed with word puzzles in 3 levels of difficulty.

Key Features

  • Great interactive tutorial to help you learn the ropes quickly and easily
  • 12 puzzles per pack with 8 packs for each difficulty level!
  • 3 levels of difficulty – easy, medium and hard – take you from novice to expert
  • A total of 288 rounds to play throughout!
  • Measure your progress with live stats and ratings
  • Run in small window mode for a quick challenge while using other applications
  • Complete all 13 Steam achievements to prove your skills to friends!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x600 resolution
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Lexica is similar to a crossword puzzle but with a twist. You have letters above, below and to the sides of the puzzle. You then slide those letters into place. Top and bottom letters slide only up and down. Side letters only move left and right. You will slide these letters making words. It will end up like a completed crossword puzzles. So the first letter of a word might have a choice of F L A P. The second letter might have A R. The third letter of the same word might have R U T. The words you're assembling intersect with other words so competing one word will lead to a basis for other words. It is a great system. Words everywhere from far, sop and dot to impact, craven and scruff.

There are a lot of puzzles here, over two hundred. Each subjugated to puzzle packs of 9 puzzles in three difficulties. You can play any puzzle at any time. When you play a puzzle it starts a timer to determine how long it takes you. You can go to the next puzzle or back to the menu, but Lexica saves your game and remembers your time. When you return to the puzzle, your time is still there.

This is a difficult game. The first nine puzzles are easy enough, but even on easy, the game cranks up the challenge. This game could still be for you. It is a good coffee break game that you can complete a puzzle or so in 15 minutes. It is a great game for people with a big vocabulary, but you'll never have words more than six letters long.

The game doesn't grade you except for your overall skill rating in the stats. It doesn't feel like completing a puzzle is an achievement. Its just onto the next puzzle. The game keeps going progressing in challenge with no easy puzzles between to give your brain a break. The challenge and tedium begin to outweigh the fun and joy of solving a puzzle. There is no reward like unlocking new puzzles when you already have over 200 to play at once. In fact the game takes away puzzles. When the puzzle is complete, YOU CAN NEVER REPLAY THAT PUZZLE. So its gone. You can see its time, but that is all.

I like the game, its a great system. I felt it is more difficult than fun. That doesn't mean you can't have fun with it. If you need to keep your vocabulary sharp or if you need a fresh take on crossword puzzles, this could be the game for you.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Edit: Today, when I went to play, all of my existing puzzles had been wiped as if they had never been touched. While I'm glad that we can now replay puzzles in an attempt to get a better score, they have removed any form of showing where you left off. I now have no idea which puzzle I was on last and have to click around to find where I was.

Edit 2: And they've cleared all of my achievement progress with this new change...

This game is generally entertaining, but there are a couple of major issues I have. The first, and largest, would be the use of unheard of words. By unheard of I mean obscure animals, variations of existing "words" (an example being miaow, which apparently is the British version of meow), and some shorthand phrases you'd never expect to see. Another issue I have is after you beat a puzzle you can't play it again, even after some amount of time has passed.

Other than that it's a pretty fun game. I'm sure I'll finish the rest of the puzzles, albeit with some frustration when coming across thing like "sl" and "miaow".
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
What is Lexica?

Lexica is a puzzle game where you have a set number of letters that each slide in one direction from a side of a crossword puzzle like box into the fields designated for them. So the letters to the left and right will only fit into the rank they are at, while the letters to the top and bottom will only fit into the file they are at.

The difficulty in the game stems entirely from trying to find out what words you need to create. Since the game has three difficulties and is entirely in English, a good knowledge of English language is recommended to play this, otherwise you will spend a lot of time trying to figure out words since usually there would be several ways to fit all letters into all places, but only one where all designated ranks and files will contain English words.

There is a total of 96 puzzles, divided into eight "puzzle packs", per difficulty - easy, intermediate and hard -, making a total of 288 puzzles in 36 packs. Since the only requirement for achievements is to complete all puzzles, 100p are definitely possible for everyone, although they will go a lot faster if he knows English language well and has a bit of geometrical thinking.

The sound is nothing special, I usually have it off and music playing instead. The graphics are good enough, as you can see on the official screenshots. Overall the gameplay is the only selling point of this. For me, at a good but not perfect English level, the harder levels seem crazy at first view, but the easy ones are fine.

The one thing that I really dislike is that only certain letters are used for achievements. Here I would have liked to have 26 achievements with one letter for each one, like in Lyne where you eventually can use them to spell out words on your Steam profile (achievement showcase).

Recommended:
For linguistic puzzle fans


(Note that at the time of writing this review, on 14 December 2014, the game is 90p off, at this price you definitely should get it!)
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is literally a static and not replayable game!

It uses some words I have never heard in my whole life. Like abbrevitations, foreign , latin , technical and chemical expressions ... If you look at the solution you asking yourself: What? Are these real language used words?
And the exagerrated use of strange adjectives are going on my nerves, like windy, toady, gooey, foggy, rocky ... the list is endless. Whose sick brain invented this crap?

As a non native speaker of english you'll have just one chance: fulfill every letter as it fits together and then swap them until you luckily find the right combination. Mostly it's good to findout the great word in the middle to solve the whole puzzle.

The game should be a light, casual game, appearing in an app-like splash screen which is 3 phases zoomable. But it turns out to be a grinder of 288 levels and at least in hard mode it's loosing the rest of its remaining fun ...
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
..Revised Review..

It will take you some time to get into the game but when you do it's a lot of fun and solving puzzles becomes very satisfying.

The point of the game is to slide letters into slots that are arranged like in a crossword puzzle. There are letters placed all around the four edges. They can be slid along a vertical or horizontal axis. In order to find the right position of them all you'll have to work with probabilities (common English word endings e.g.) and methods of elimination, like you would in a game of sudoku.

I was quite frustrated at first but now that I got the hang of it it serves as a nice destraction every now and then. As a lot of the words repeat it gets easier to guess them over time. Also, sliding all the stones onto the board and shuffling them around until you recognize one or two words works well when you are stuck.

For a price as low as this, you can't go wrong if you're a fan of word puzzles.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I like puzzle games and have found Lexica both enjoyable and addictive. Although I can't attribute any originality to the authors the format has been well executed here.

My only complaint is the rating system; based on average times, which means a couple of bad games can throw your rating and it can be quite hard to recover. I suppose though after playing many rounds this won't be such an issue.

Also, I would like to know all of the possible ratings in order and their requirements, I'm aware only of competent and skilled.

EDIT: now that I think of it I would like to see the board at the end of a completed session. The "COMPLETED" splash obscures the board.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
A great game for any who like sudoko and crosswords. Recommend to anyone who wants to work on their vocabulary, critical thinking, and reading skills. Buy and enjoy word nerds!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Lexica's game description from the Steam store describes it perfectly, it's a word puzzle game that combines the skill of Sudoku with the knowledge of Scrabble. In total, there are 288 puzzles to do, ranging from easy to hard (8 sets of 12 puzzles)... So, if you're up to the challenge and have some time to kill, this is the game for you. So far, I’ve completed about two sets of the easy puzzles and look forward to continuing on to the more challenging puzzle sets. Also, I suggest if you end up making the purchase, mute the SFX and play your own music or something. You’ll thank me later.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
[Review on 2014-10-07, 16.4 hours gamplay]

First, the bad stuff. This is the first game I've ever encountered that had literally zero replayability...since the game won't let you replay puzzles (to get a better score, for example). This game needs a way to put in user-generated puzzles in the worst way. Also...no quit function? I guess it's a port from mobile OSes. Not a big deal, you just close the window with the OS close button...just seems inelegant. Also, no fullscreen mode, but then again this game really doesn't need that either.

The descriptive text says it's a combination of Sudoku and Scrabble; I guess, but the only thing that's like Sudoku is the fact that you've got a grid. That's not a bad thing, it's just worth mentioning that there is nothing about this game that has to do with Sudoku's pattern recognition or arrangement logic; it's all just vocabulary.

On the plus side, when the real question comes up: Does this game justify its asking price ($5)? Absolutely. Obviously it's a mobile port, but that's perfectly fine for a game like this. I'm a little over halfway through the Easy puzzle sets and it's been difficult, but not super hard. You really do have to bring your vocabulary A game though. I'm quite a literate English speaker (not bragging, it's relevant to this particular review) and even I am a little worried about Medium and Hard. :)

On a side note, I'd have to recommend that non-English speakers avoid this game unless/until they add user-generated content support (all the puzzle words are in English).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
One puzzle, (Easy Pack 2, #6) was arranged to "ask for" a two-letter word. The tutorials might say something about two letter words not counting, but I think that's just lazy puzzle design. There was a significant number of puzzles prior to this where this wasn't an issue, or perhaps, there weren't any two-letter words. I can't go back to the puzzle without resetting my game to take a screenshot, but the solution was "SL." Sl isn't a word. That isn't right.

8/10 if you know all of the words
5/10 if Sl is a word
2/10 if you don't know what an ibex is
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
A simple puzzle game where you are given the letters to fit into a grid, then you slot them in to make words.

Positives:
- Easy to understand.
- Hundreds of puzzles.
- Difficulty levels.

Negatives:
- Some general polish issues, such as low quality text displaying, text appearing behind objects and icons being slightly misaligned.
- No way to see or replay a puzzle.
- Every puzzle in the game is the same size, despite the choice of difficulty. The difficulty only affects how many spaces are filled and how obscure the words are. Consequently you never get a word that is longer than six letters, even on the highest difficulty.
- The stats screen shows your fastest completion time, but presumably for everyone this is just one of the very easy tutorial puzzles, so this stat seems useless.
- The rating system is somewhat confusing. I'm rated as "Competent" on hard, despite completing zero hard puzzles.
- Doesn't appear to be a quick way to swap letters.
- No in-game way to reset all progress. This means no way to improve times and no way to let someone else play the game.
- Nothing extra in the game: No random mode. No daily challenge. No puzzle editor. No hint system.
- The clock at the top of the screen is constantly ticking, which stops the game being relaxing. The time has no effect on the game, other than the statistics screen.
- Limited amount of window-size options. No full screen.
- Definitions of the words would have been nice.
- One of the screenshots for the game shows the time saying "1:45 vs 1:45", but I don't see any functionality that allows this to happen.

Notes:
- The interface has a lot going on: shadows, 3d, lots of unnecessary lines, gradients, highlights. Nothing inherently wrong with this, but after playing aesthetically pleasing games like Hexcells and LYNE, this looks very busy.
- By the nature of the game, this would be extremely difficult for someone that was unsure about the English language.

Overall I like the puzzle concept and I hope the game gets a big improvement update or a sequel.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
nice creative words puzzle but I cannot return to previous puzzle and it mean I'm not recommend to buy

does anyone know what would happened when you finished all level and difficulties? can you replay it?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Clever game, you just need to drag and drop the letters into the right places. The app is lightweight and starts up fast. It's a nice time-filler and easy to get started without any prior experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Looks simple right? Deceptively difficult but highly enjoyable. Takes a while to learn but once you get the hang of it, you cant stop playing. If one board is too hard pass it and go back later.

Use these sites to make things a little easier: http://www.bestwordclub.com/en/wordlist.htm
http://www.morewords.com/

Enjoy the challenge!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
"Hard" difficulty should be labeled as "Nightmare", really. Some really obscure words. Otherwise, on easy and normal it's a decent timewaster.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Lexica is a brain teaser type game. Myself i completed the first easy pack 12/12, but found it was taking too long, so i decided to use the guides to help me get through the game quicker. Besides, i'm only playing for the Achievments / Perfect Game status. Very easy, just time consuming. Managed to 100% in just over 4 hours. 6/10 Recommend to Achievment Hunters(Wh0r3$) ^^
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
It is a word puzzle that involves sliding letter tiles around a grid to form words. The aim is to move all the provided tiles into specific positions to form words. Tiles are not blocked by other tiles, but can only move in one direction. Levels finish automatically when all lines form correct words. Several words can usually fit in any particular line, puzzles have only one overall solution.

Game: 7.0/10
Graphic: 6.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Definitely a work-out for the brain. Simple, but enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Step 1 Turn off SFX
Step 2 Enjoi!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
3 difficulties, with 8 sets of 12 puzzles in each, makes 288 puzzles in all. The size stays 6x6 throughout.
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