Another day, another word game review on Panappticon (what a surprise!). Whirly Word [App Store Link] is basically a 6 letter anagram game, where you construct 3-6 letter words out of the 6 letters presented to you on a circle. You can select to ‘whirl’ (hence the name of the game) the circle with the letters on it, which simply re-arranges the placement of letters on the circle. What that does, however, is pretty interesting (to me anyway)–words that I simply couldn’t see before suddenly appeared after whirling the board.
Each word you spell correctly adds to a progress bar, and once you fill it enough you can either keep trying to form words or move on to the next level, revealing any words you missed–always embarrassing to see some of the words you overlooked! You can also progress to the next level by forming a single 6-letter word.
Overall the game does what it says, is pretty relaxing, and the visual presentation is nice. How much fun and enjoyment you’ll get out of it really depends on your proclivity to word games. As you know, I seem to have reviewed more word games than any other genre (this is purely coincidence and a function of the promo codes which end up in our inbox), so while I’m not particularly enamored by word games, I find them fun to play every now and then and I did enjoy Whirly Word.
It’s not a groundbreaking game by any means, and it’s not a game that will wow you with its graphics, but if you’re looking for a word game, Whirly Word is certainly worth a look. Is it the last word (hah, sorry for the bad pun) in word games? No, but it’s neat enough (being able to see words you couldn’t before simply by re-arranging the letters on the wheel is pretty cool) to be worth a look.
If you’re a word game fanatic you’ll probably want to look into it. If you hate word games, Whirly Word probably won’t change your mind. If you’re in the middle, if anything in this review made you interested in it, it’s probably worth a look. It’s not a bad game, it’s just not a groundbreaking game–it’s a simple word game that does what it says it does and there’s nothing wrong with that. Plus, you might just find yourself playing it long beyond the amount of time you initially intended to–it has a way of keeping you engaged long after you thought you’d be bored of it.
Panappticon Verdict: 85/100 — A simple anagram word game with an interesting twist that’s quite relaxing and somewhat addicting. No real groundbreaking gameplay, but a solid enough choice if you’re looking for this type of word game.
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