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.
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Mostly Positive (212 reviews) - 73% of the 212 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
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Mostly Positive (212 reviews)
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FasterThanFTL
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Recommended.

10/10
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Norma_Cenva
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
This one is quick and to the point. Enjoyable distraction and may be relaxing too.
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obo224
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
it is nothing like what the images look like
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joan4003
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Scrabble at its finest. Need I say more.
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Cetais
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Crosswords? Yeah, I like that.
Sudoku? That's nice, I can spend hours doing some.
Scrabble? Damn yeah, that's one of my favorite tabletop game!

This? ... Huh... Where to start.

It's like Crosswords, without hints.
It's like Sudoku, without numbers and hints.
It's like Scrabble, without someone to play with.

It's like the three of them; without fun.

There's a really big difficulty spike right in the first set of levels. I'm trying really hard to like this game, I just can't.
It's a whole "see every combinations possible and hope it fits the board with every other letters, then try again".

That's no way fun, unless you like to guess words for hours.
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bloodjinn420
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
I've enjoyed this game a lot. It's like a cross between word search and cross word. My only complaint would be that I've come across more than a few words that many have never heard of. I assume they're put in the puzzles in order to trip you up, but these words themselves and their spelling are so obscure, it sometimes seems silly to put the letter combinations toghter because it goes against everything that I have been taught about the english language.
All in all still a great game. Needs new puzzles or a replay option.
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Fried Lychees
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Great as a time killer if you are needing to wait 10-20 minutes for something.
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Ain't got time to bleed
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
02/11/2016
A lot tougher than it looks. I'm assuming most players that made any sort of significant progress in this game had cheated, one way or another.

I'll still keep trying it, though, because part of me wants to believe that I'm the reason I can't figure this game out.
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Tara Babcock
( 332.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
I really like this game! It stimulates my brain and I enjoy the crazy "aha!" moments when I finally figure out which word fits where. One thing I REALLY don't like about this game is that it includes words that I don't feel should be in the vocabulary of an above-average American. "Swami" and "Plaice" are examples. These are examples of ethnic words or specific plants or types of animals you wouldn't know unless you're a scientist, or a marine geek. I would prefer complicated words, rather than niche ones. Additionally, you can't look at completed puzzles, which annoys me. As soon as you finish a puzzle, a prompt pops up covering it asking whether to move on, or go to the menu, and you can never click it off, or go to the puzzle again. That includes barring you from re-doing the puzzle as well.
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VahidSlayerOfAll
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
would be nice to have hints for some for the harder levels, crossword style
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Autumn Breeze
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
I did not like this game. I got bored with it real quick.
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chris
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
I am recommending this game... but only barely.

I like word games. I especially like unorthodox word games. Lexica is a great idea for a word game. It creates some very interesting puzzles.

However, there is one caveat. I'm of the opinion that the puzzle should be "how do I slide these letters to make criss-crossing words", not "how good am I at remembering obscure words that I'd only ever use in Scrabble". For example, the first puzzle in the "Hard" category used the word "AWN". Are you familiar with this word? I sure wasn't. I had to look it up. It's a slender bristle that is a part of certain grasses. Yeah, so obvious, right?

If you're okay being frustrated with the occasional obscure word to enjoy the clever puzzle, then this game is for you. If you needed a dictionary to look up "caveat", you'll probably be pulling your hair out with this one.
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neji
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
This game is a decent idea but has a large flaw. Here is why the game doesn't work.

The puzzles are designed on giving you an easy letter placement early on and using logic to attempt to solve the rest of it. The problem comes when they throw in an obscure word. If you don't know one of the words in the puzzle, you will never think of it as the proper solution and you can't use it as context to figure out the rest of the puzzle aside from trial and error.

Example: One of the easy packs started off by giving you an easy tile lay of "X". It ended a 4 letter word. I could not figure out the 4 letter word that it made. I attempted to solve the rest of the puzzle first by trial and error, and this would have been extremely tedious if I was on a harder difficulty. I find out after completing the rest of the puzzle that the word is "ibex." Even if I knew that IBEX was a word, I would never assume that they would have used it as a word in a game that shouldn't have obscure words. What is the point of using a hard word? It doesn't actually help you learn words, it just serves to make a logic puzzle broken if you don't know the word. Bad design.
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elBenyo
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
I have to say it is more fun than it looks, avoid the solutions in the community guides if you can but they aren't too hard. Great puzzle game, will eventually get all the achievements. 7.5/10
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ryryrecords
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
A simple word puzzle game. Reminds me of boggle. Appeals to the word nerds out there. Lots of challenge and fun.
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Mr Murkle
( 173.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
I played it for 10 minutes and didn't enjoy it very much, so I turned it off to try it later. Steam kept saying it was still running. I couldn't find any processes related to it running in my task bar, and eventually had to turn off my computer to get the thing to stop. So of the 173.7 hours it claims I've played, I've only played it for 10 minutes. I'm deleting it and wont be running it again.
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jammies
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
great game to play with the family
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mommybears
( 33.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
I enjoy guessing the words. There are a bunch of letters given to you and you have to arrange the letters in a given number of possible spaces into words. The right words will make sense with the rest of the words in the puzzle. There are certain strategies you can use to make it easier to guess the right word. For example, put the letters in first that can only fit into one space. If you don't like spelling or if you are not into games like Scrabble or crosswords, then this is not the game for you. I only wish the game would provide a theme for each puzzle so that you do not have to fish for random words. This game will involve less guessing and more of those eureka moments where one recognizes that a word will fit if you have a larger vocabulary or if you are erudite. If you are a logophile, this is the game for you! :) If you happen to be a lexicographer, this game will probably be very easy for you to complete.
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rosey
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2015
Mobile game, easy achievements. Great if you like word searches, crossword puzzles, and the like.
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Vic=HKC=
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 12, 2015
Lexica is a word-game, where you have to find words with letters outside the board that can go vertically or horizontally. You have no definition. So in other words, Lexica is mainly aiming to an English native speaker audience. People that are fluent in the language but not a native one will have some difficulties, even in Easy, to think like that. Indeed, you have to be used to see th at the end of a word to maybe find a word.

Anyway, the game has a sober interface and no soundtrack if I remember well.

To avoid if you're really bad in English. Else, for those wanting a challenge, you can go ahead.

Given the fact that the game is frying my brain and that I felt not helped at all, I'm giving a thumb down.
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Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Scrabble at its finest. Need I say more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Crosswords? Yeah, I like that.
Sudoku? That's nice, I can spend hours doing some.
Scrabble? Damn yeah, that's one of my favorite tabletop game!

This? ... Huh... Where to start.

It's like Crosswords, without hints.
It's like Sudoku, without numbers and hints.
It's like Scrabble, without someone to play with.

It's like the three of them; without fun.

There's a really big difficulty spike right in the first set of levels. I'm trying really hard to like this game, I just can't.
It's a whole "see every combinations possible and hope it fits the board with every other letters, then try again".

That's no way fun, unless you like to guess words for hours.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Lexica is a word-game, where you have to find words with letters outside the board that can go vertically or horizontally. You have no definition. So in other words, Lexica is mainly aiming to an English native speaker audience. People that are fluent in the language but not a native one will have some difficulties, even in Easy, to think like that. Indeed, you have to be used to see th at the end of a word to maybe find a word.

Anyway, the game has a sober interface and no soundtrack if I remember well.

To avoid if you're really bad in English. Else, for those wanting a challenge, you can go ahead.

Given the fact that the game is frying my brain and that I felt not helped at all, I'm giving a thumb down.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're simplicity. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game's option menu.

Gameplay

There are three different game difficulty modes to choose from: Easy, Medium and Hard.

The game plays like a crossword, sudoku and scrabble puzzles. The goal of this game is to figure out where all the letters fit properly so that they spell out the correct word. This isn't a race against the clock even though there is a timer. It's there to show how long it took to solve the puzzle completely.

There is an in game tutorial to show how the game itself to be played correctly.

There eight pack with twelve different puzzles for each difficulty modes. In total there are two hundred eighty-eight puzzles.

There thirteen different achievements. Each of these achievements has some requirements before they can be unlocked.

Miscellaneous

Final thoughts, it's an okay game, there's nothing much to it. As for the game's replay value it's low. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
would be nice to have hints for some for the harder levels, crossword style
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
332.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I really like this game! It stimulates my brain and I enjoy the crazy "aha!" moments when I finally figure out which word fits where. One thing I REALLY don't like about this game is that it includes words that I don't feel should be in the vocabulary of an above-average American. "Swami" and "Plaice" are examples. These are examples of ethnic words or specific plants or types of animals you wouldn't know unless you're a scientist, or a marine geek. I would prefer complicated words, rather than niche ones. Additionally, you can't look at completed puzzles, which annoys me. As soon as you finish a puzzle, a prompt pops up covering it asking whether to move on, or go to the menu, and you can never click it off, or go to the puzzle again. That includes barring you from re-doing the puzzle as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
Lexica is a real brainteaser. With the different settings for difficulty, it quickly becomes quite a chore to find the solutions.

I admit, I used a guide. Just to shortcut things. But I still would claim it is worth the 3 dollars.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
I enjoy guessing the words. There are a bunch of letters given to you and you have to arrange the letters in a given number of possible spaces into words. The right words will make sense with the rest of the words in the puzzle. There are certain strategies you can use to make it easier to guess the right word. For example, put the letters in first that can only fit into one space. If you don't like spelling or if you are not into games like Scrabble or crosswords, then this is not the game for you. I only wish the game would provide a theme for each puzzle so that you do not have to fish for random words. This game will involve less guessing and more of those eureka moments where one recognizes that a word will fit if you have a larger vocabulary or if you are erudite. If you are a logophile, this is the game for you! :) If you happen to be a lexicographer, this game will probably be very easy for you to complete.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
i like the sounds
clack clack clack clack clack clack clack clack clack clack
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Mobile game, easy achievements. Great if you like word searches, crossword puzzles, and the like.
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59 of 70 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Lexica
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags: Puzzle; Casual; Word Game
  • My Overall Grade: B-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 8-20 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Puzzle game aficionados; Casual gamers

REVIEW
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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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
A cromulent game which has embiggened my vocabulary
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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).

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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.1 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...

Edit 3: Very late edit, but just thought I'd update in case anyone cared. So after talking to one of the devs I've learned what happened to my game seems to be an inexplicable glitch. Neither of us are really sure what happened, but there's no way to recover the undone puzzles and achievement progress aside from just doing it all over again. I appreciate the time the dev took to talk to me and look into things though, and for that reason my review will remain positive.

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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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
I'd give a thumbs sideways if I could.

The game is ok but the choice of words is bad. It also pops a window in front of the level right after you complete it so you can't even see the weird words you just managed to form.

If you are a native english speaker or words like jibe, sty and ebb are part of your english vocabulary then you may enjoy it.
I'll probably finish it but it's not fun like crossworld puzzles. More like scrabble but there's only one correct solution.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 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
Recommended
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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