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 (111 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
54 of 65 people (83%) 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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26 of 27 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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22 of 24 people (92%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 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
34.1 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Never been into puzzles or Scrabble but this little game is sweet, fun for everyone one great way to have fun at a party or by yourself. challenge is up to you with what puzzle you pick. I think I'm pretty confident I will get through this game and get all the achievements and solve all the puzzles.
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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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3 of 5 people (60%) 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 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
It's really upsetting that this game could be really fun... if it let you see the puzzle when it was completed. As-is, the frustration is rewarded with nothing and it's impossible to learn words, as any you didn't know are obsucred by the time.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
..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 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
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. Basically you arrange the letters so they all form words. There is a timer that counts the amount of time it takes you so you can compare to others online if you wish but I just ignored this. There were a few words I did not know but the puzzles could all be completed through process of elimination even if I did not know the words. I looked them up later and it was nice to expand my vocab a little. It is more of a game for adults as younger children will most likely find it difficult unless worked together as a family. For those interested in getting 100% of the achievements it is only required that you complete every puzzle the timer does not factor into this. Buy and enjoy word nerds!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
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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32 of 54 people (59%) 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
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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