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 (97 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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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

    • 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
46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Lexica is a “digital puzzle book” more than it is a game. The puzzle style is derived from a marriage of elements from crossword puzzles (namely: Scrabble), and logic puzzles. It creates a unique blend of traditional puzzle experiences that feels both novel and nostalgic at the same time. You fill in a crossword grid to solve each one; however you don’t get clues to what the words are. Instead you must adhere to the simple rules: use logic and knowledge of English linguistics (i.e.: morphemes) to figure out what letter goes where.

You are going to want to have a strong knowledge of the English lexicon if you are going to really enjoy the puzzles and be able to solve them without looking up answers / or just getting lucky. Many of the puzzles contain extremely obscure words that are rarely used in everyday conversation. Even with a strong vocabulary, you will probably encounter some words you don’t know the meaning of. The more difficult puzzles can be quite tricky and you might have to discover words you don’t know by using your understanding of linguistic morphology in the English language.

If you are confident in your English vocabulary, and if you enjoy logic-puzzles, then you will probably enjoy Lexica. The puzzle style is quite innovative and solving them can be quite satisfying. If you get stumped you can skip a puzzle and return to it later. The game is quite relaxing and is great if you don’t want to play an attention-intensive game at the moment. It also makes for a good side-activity while you’re watching the game or are bored at work/class.

There is a good amount of puzzles that will keep you busy for hours, especially if you don’t cheat any answers. But once you beat everything, there is no random level generation, and you can’t even redo the puzzles you solved (but you would already know the answer anyway). By the time you beat it all, though, you will probably be ready to move on.

In summary, I enjoyed Lexica. It combines traditional themes from Scrabble and logic puzzles to create a unique experience. If you enjoy those types of puzzles, you will probably want to check out Lexica.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
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).

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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31 of 53 people (58%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Bullet points
  • Sort of a cross between a crossword puzzle and Scrabble
  • No replay value (I mean, literally none)
  • Most words are fair, but the occasional spelling bee bombshell does come out
Full review

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. 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. When I was a little over halfway through the Easy puzzle sets I felt like it was 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 was a little worried about Medium and Hard back then. :)

Now that I've completed the rest of the game, I can confirm that it does get quite a bit harder. Given a strong enough English vocabulary, it is possible to complete the game without breaking out a Scrabble dictionary, but only barely. There were a few words even I didn't know (again, not bragging...just giving context), which I only ever "got" because I filled in enough perpendicular words to either make the word or form an educated guess based on conjugation norms.

So yes, at the end of the day I'd recommend this game; it's not the most robust word puzzle game you'll find, but if you like the gameplay (and the storefront images/video will tell you everything you need to know) then for the price you should definitely get your money's worth.

On a contrary 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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Date of update Time played How far in base game (estimate)? Cost Cost per hour Notes
2014-10-07 00:00 16.4 hours Halfway through the easy puzzles $4.99 USD $0.30 USD Initial review
2015-03-15 02:22 32.1 hours 100% complete $4.99 USD $0.16 USD Added more sage wisdom from having completed the game, as well as bullet point and recommendation sections
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
A simple puzzle game where you are given the letters to fit into a grid, then you slot them in to make words.

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

- 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.

- 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
"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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Step 1 Turn off SFX
Step 2 Enjoi!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Similar to Dabble. Would make a better mobile game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
A cromulent game which has embiggened my vocabulary
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Lexica is a brain-twisting word puzzle game that was completely new to me, though it is apparently quite widespread in the UK. The game provides a 6x6 board lined with letter tiles that can slide along their associated row or column in order to form words. It's a very simple concept which can be surprisingly complex especially in the harder puzzles. I found it quite challenging and enjoyable and it took me about 20 hours to complete all 288 of the game's puzzles.

The game is obviously designed as a mobile game with a tall cell phone-sized screen but it works well on PC. It takes full advantage of the mouse and you can even double-click on tiles to automatically move them if there is only one space available they can fit in. I wish the game had some music though.

A warning however since this game is in English and the harder puzzles especially use some very obscure words, non-native speakers may have extra difficulty completing the puzzles. There has also been some concern about whether the game is made in US or UK English, but I did not encounter any words in which there would be spelling differences.

As a final note, the game does not allow you to replay puzzles so you have to delete the same file in order to do so.

I would definitely recommend this game to native English-speaking puzzle fans. Others will probably find it more difficult but may still enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
very enjoyable game, only thing i havent liked so far is my easy and medium puzzles resetting to none done when i came online one day, other than that highle recommended
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
+ You learn a lot of new words
+ It isn't only crossword, it is like puzzle
+ Not so easy to complete level, if you don't know native English

- Some words repeat
- Some words are not words, they are sounds
- Why are there russian words in english crossword? For example, "privet", "corona"
- Simple game. I had expected more than 3 difficulties
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
You know puzzles where you need to give not the correct answers but the answer the authors meant?

This is one of these. There are at least two levels which you can solve in a way other than the "correct" (more like "intended"). Then you spend half an hour double-checking everything with a dictionary, go "DAFUQ?", google for solutions... And find out that the guy who wrote this game is a five-letter word you can compose from:


Don't get it for over a dollar, unless you are, as I mentioned in the beginning, into not just solving the puzzles but finding the "right" solution.

Oh, and consider that it has zero replayability.

Not because you won't wanna try again.

By design. You are simply not allowed to replay a level, but only to view your stats for it. Not even view the solution.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
nice and simple game that you can play if u have absolutely no time to wait to load a game up.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
If you like Sudoku, and you like words, You'll like this game.
It has a few ♥♥♥♥les (there's an error on one of the boards, a few of the word choices are "questionable," you cannot replay a level unless you delete your save), but nothing major enough to make me discourage a purchase.
If the developers ever include a "user profile" allowing my friends to have their own saves on my computer, it would be pretty close to perfect.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
So far I enjoy this game, even though I've never heard of many of these words. It provides us English speakers, as a second language, with some quite interesting brain teasers. I got this from a Humble Bundle pack and although I may say it was worth the low price, I'd probably not recommend this game for people that want replayability.


- Three difficulty levels
- Hundreds of puzzles
- New words


- Absolutely zero replayability
- Some of the easy puzzles are too hard to be considered as "easy"
- No real learning experience due to the lack of replayability
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