We love Android games that make anagrams, crosswords, and do clever things with letters.
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wordsmyth claims to be a daily word game. But this one isn’t like most mobile apps that want to snatch your wallet or send your stress levels into space. Instead, it’s more “zen” in nature.
The main idea is to play Boggle without a timer. It’s like this: You get a letter grid, and you make words from it. If you get stuck, there are no-risk tips. You can swipe at any time to see the words you’ve already found. As long as you’re there, you can look at the pretty pictures and listen to the soothing music.
Someone used a fork to make a word game out of a mindfulness app and a fork. But the end result is so enchanting that you’ll wonder why you spent so much time on Android playing games with IAPs that were less fun than this one on iOS.
Ord. is based on classic text adventures and gamebooks, but it cuts these sources to the bone and doesn’t use them in any other way. Instead of long stories or even whole sentences, you are only given a single word and two more that show what you can do. Select one and you get the result, which tells you what to do next. This is what you do next.
In some ways, that might sound tacky, but there’s a lot of depth and atmosphere in the stories that are given to you. Before the game, one left us in a scary loop that we were desperate to get out of. Another had a sweet ending to a difficult situation.
Or, we may have been filling in the gaps with our own ideas. You can’t help but do so when the story is so short. Ord. is great, though. It’s clever, heartfelt, witty, and replayable, even though it’s short.
3. Typoman Mobile
There are only silhouettes and shadows in the world of Typoman Mobile at the start. You control an O that is trundling through a world of silhouettes. Soon, the disc-like hero has legs and arms, and can move around like a real boy. There are terrifying creatures made from the letters DOOM at this point, so of course the game isn’t real. He’s being chased and ripped apart by them mercilessly.
The game doesn’t sound like the kind of thing you’d expect from a word game. Typoman Mobile is a world away from Scrabble, and it looks a lot like the classic Limbo game in terms of its stark graphics and puzzle-platforming.
Nonetheless, it is still very much a word game. You use letters to solve puzzles that let you move forward, and some of them let you change the environment. Even if there were just another set of crosswords, this one would be a lot more interesting and ambitious than that.
4. Word Forward
In Word Forward, you play on a five-by-five grid. This is a more strategic game than most of its peers.
The goal is to get rid of every letter on the board. This can be achieved by dragging out snaking pathways to remove entire words, but you also have special tiles to help: swap tokens, a jumbler, and a bomb that obliterates a single awkward tile.
Word Forward’s puzzles require chess-like thinking, and the fact that you’re working with a set of boards instead of a set of random ones means they reward you for trying again. To get a gold star, figure out how to finish a grid without special tiles. It’s great if you want to play a word game that makes you think.
Rare: Sidewords isn’t just like Scrabble or crosswords. It isn’t based on those games. Instead, you get blank grids with words on two sides. This is not what you want. At least one letter must come from each edge to make words with three or more letters. Each letter you choose blasts a line across the grid. When lines meet, they become solid areas that are filled with your word, like a puzzle. Fill in the grid is the goal.
This is easy to do on smaller scales, but when you realise that a huge word (which made you feel like a genius when you found it) leaves empty spaces that you can’t fill, it can be hard. Fortunately, Sidewords encourages you to try new things, so you can remove or change words at any time.
Smart and a little different: If you get tired of the main game, you can play Quads, which combines word building with sliding tiles like Threes! Two for the price of one, then?
6. Dropwords 2
In Dropwords 2, match games like Bejeweled and word games like Boggle are mixed together in a way that makes them both fun. You’re given a grid of letters, and you have to drag out words that go across the board. New tiles fall into the well to fill in the gaps when you submit a word.
Speed is always important in this kind of game. But you can also get extra time by writing longer words, which becomes more important as the game goes on.
Smartly, much of the game can be customized, including the board’s theme; and if you want to just chill, rather than be hassled by a relentless game-ending countdown, there are untimed modes too.
It has been possible to use Wordscapes on Android since 2017. It’s been around longer than most games, and that’s probably because it focuses on games that are played in the real world. In the game, you’ll use the letters at the bottom of your screen to make words that fit in the fields at the top of the screen. It’s a simple set-up that gets hard quickly. There are in-app purchases, but you can pay to get rid of the game’s ads, which is nice. More or less, Wordscapes is a fun game to play with words, whether you play for free or plan to spend money on it.
Philipp Stollenmayer’s supertype is a little different from the rest of the word games on the list, but it’s still fun. To make or find words, you’ll have to place letters on the board so that they fall in a way that will help you get the many dots on each level. In one case, you might want to drop a M because the letter can hold on to things, or you might drop a Y so that when you drop an O, it rolls in a certain direction. It’s up to you, which is why the game is so fun. If you buy this, there are no free trials or demos. Because the game is so good, there’s no need to worry about spending $2.