Lexic [App Store Link] is one of approximately 10 million word games on the App Store where you have a grid of letters that you must form words from by dragging your finger around your iPhone’s screen. So why is it so good? Well, for one, it looks amazing. The amount of visual polish in Lexic is truly outstanding–let this be a lesson to all up and coming iPhone developers–you better get on top of your UI/graphic design or else face being blown out of the water by the likes of Kieffer Brothers. The fact that the gameplay is solid and fun and it includes a multitude of different game modes doesn’t hurt either.
If you’ve heard of Wurdle you already know most of what Lexic is about. There are a bunch of games that have a similar style (we reviewed one earlier called WordWeaver) but try to add their own twist to it. It’s a decent game-type that’s pretty addictive in short bursts. If you’re looking for such a game, you seriously should give Lexic a shot because again, the amount of polish is fantastic.
Lexic adds to Wurdle’s gameplay by having multiple game modes, unlockables, and again, it’s sheer amount of visual polish. There’s Quest mode which you progress through increasingly difficult levels, Cascade mode where the letter tiles keep coming even after you form words, Blackout mode where the object is to clear the board–however the letters vanish once you form words with them, and Stasis mode where you try to form as many words as possible with an unchanging board.
Each of those modes in turn has different time options so you can set up whichever game you prefer most. In addition, if you don’t like the Tournament Word List, it also features the SOWPODS word list (word game geeks know the difference, I don’t so don’t bother asking me ). As you get better and better and score achievements, you get additional tile sets available to change it up visually.
This is a pretty proven type of word game and like I said earlier, it works. What makes Lexic so good is the sheer amount of variety it adds to the basic game-type and, for the 10th time, it looks visually stunning. There’s no music, which except in rare cases where it works well (I think the music and sounds in WordWeaver really add to its ambiance and work well there) is probably more of a good thing than a negative. The sounds are as well done as the visuals and really add to the gameplay and are non-irritating.
Overall Lexic is definitely up there among the best of this type of word game and is an easy game to recommend for anyone wanting a word game they can pick up and play for a couple minutes at a time or to get addicted to and end up playing it for hours. If you hate word games, obviously tread with caution but there are enough variations in gameplay with all the different modes to keep you entertained for a really, really long time–and for only $1.99 it’s quite a bargain.
Panappticon Verdict: 97/100 — A really fun word game with diverse gameplay modes, amazing graphics and polish, and a neat achievement system make Lexic one of the better word games on the App Store and a must-buy if you aren’t allergic to letters.
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