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 (51 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
15 of 15 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
An engrossing word game that DIRELY needs a replay function.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
You can't replay old levels wtf??
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Do not buy this game,even if its free DONT get it!!!Its the worst game ive ever played.IT is so boring
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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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18 of 25 people (72%) 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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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
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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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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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3 of 3 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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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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1 of 1 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 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
SO I picked it up... on sale figured new twist... Why not... Now I am addicted I love the game... Almost onto Medium lvl puzzles can't wait... Honestly thought at first it would be fairly simple, but it actually gives your brain a task to mix and match words thenyou figure out its not the right word because that letter needs to go somewhere else because you have a empty space....

Need to be able to repeat lvls though. That is one of the only hurtful* downfall. By that I mean there are many ways they can improve this game such as making bigger boards the same 6x6 I think could of been improved on.. but for the most part very enjoyable and mind-bending! :)
Happy with it :) Usually put 2 hours a day on it hope to get all the achievements to :)
(Achievement Hunter)
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