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 (48 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

    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
17 of 23 people (74%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
just nearly unplayable for people who do not have english as their native language.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Far too difficult, took me 8 minutes for the third puzzle on easy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Accurately Described, Far Too Addictive

I'm a total literophile - I read constantly, I write at great length, and I enjoy word games. Not only that, I enjoy puzzles and brain teasers. This game hits all of those buttons. Something either grabs my attention and holds onto me or it doesn't. This game is a little bit easy, but it's a little bit difficult, too.

I love the way that at higher difficulty levels, it gradually introduces ways to make multiple, perfectly valid words with the combinations of letters that you have. It's your job to make sure they're in the right order and that it makes sense. Some of the puzzles seem to be themed, and others seem to be just a collection of words. It can make for an extremely interesting challenge to work through them all. I haven't completed the game, but I've completed most of it. I don't plan on stopping until I finish it, either.

It's very simple by design, and reminds me a lot of the Popcap games stripped of their cutesy, and sometimes irritating, cutscene moments. You have letters, you have a grid, you form words. It's as simple as that. Graphics are very basic, but will remind you of a board game. I would hate to play this on paper, but as a computer game that takes up minimal space and is available on sale and in bundles constantly? Beautiful.

Keep this game just the way it is, and maybe it will inspire people to read more, learn new words, and expand their understanding of language. I would like to see a port of this to other languages. I don't speak or read anything but English, and a very small amount of Spanish, but I know there's people out there that would love to have this. It could also prove to be a great lesson in English for those who use English as a second language.

Would definitely buy again, a hidden gem.

9/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I learned many new English words while playing this game, but too bad you cannot review the completed puzzles to try to find out the definitions of some words you just happened to create in the puzzles. That, and the fact you cannot even replay the levels without manually locating the save game file and deleting in. The Steam Store screenshots show "More puzzles" item in the main menu, which is missing from the actual game, so hopes are that it will be implemented at some point in future.
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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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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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.

Pros:

- Three difficulty levels
- Hundreds of puzzles
- New words

Cons:

- 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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22 of 25 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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17 of 25 people (68%) 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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12 of 16 people (75%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.2 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
It's a nice little puzzle game that challenges you to make words using certain tiles that can only be dragged to certain positions. Each puzzle is about 3-5 minutes long. There are eight groups of 12 puzzles across 3 difficulties, which equals 288 different puzzles. I'm doing 12 a day -- which takes me about 25-30 minutes depending on the difficulty.

I'm a big word puzzle guy and I like that some of the words in the hard mode I've never heard of. Worth $5 to train your brain.
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