Darkstar’s Puzzwords Review
Are you bored with Scrabble or Tetris? Well Puzzwords is an Xbox Indie game with a nice change of pace. You have the falling blocks with letters instead of shapes or gems that you get in other games and one simple goal make words of 3 letters or more. Now that you have an idea as to what we are looking at with this game so lets get down to the details.
In the single player modes you have the nice feature of any word you build whether intended or not, you get a definition of the word. I thought this was brilliant in Scrabble on the Xbox it tells it you it is a word before you place them. A nice feature but you only learn it’s a word not how to use it. Puzzwords does it better, when a word is formed you get the definitions of the word on the side. It has an excellent dictionary picking up pretty much most words you may try. It has Arcade mode where you have a set number of blocks per level that will drop and a score you need to reach to move on to the next level. A timed mode that is pretty much self explanatory and a marathon mode which is just go until you either fill the screen or quit.
In the multiplayer modes you have a number of optional goals. Sadly no marathon mode in multiplayer mode. That isn’t so bad though, you have many multiplayer modes. You can play for points, or first to make a word a set number of times, or the first to make a number of words of a certain length (3,4, or 5). You lose the definitions on the side to make room for the second player locally. Now online, I was unable to get a game going but it does have the good option of showing you how many people are online playing the game. So when the number is high open a match and wait. Maybe you’ll get lucky.
Now on to the disappointing aspects. First the music is so slow paced and the colors of the game are pastel and together it really just has no pop visually. I quickly started to get bored. So it is good for short runs of play, but it does have good replay value and if you have a lover of word games in the house, they will love this.
Final Score: 4/5