Genre:  Word & Trivia

Idol Words Review: Just spell it and leave it!

Apr 27, 2013

Idol Words is a social word game that plays like an asynchronous version of Boggle. Face off against random opponents, friends or even bitter rivals as you work to spell words on a grid of letters as quickly as you can. Make clever use of a few special tiles and keep your tile-tapping finger moving and you just might outsmart everyone!

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Verby Preview: A word-based trivia game that has me stumped already

Apr 24, 2013

 What has 7 letters, and has something to do with “Knockoffs abound”? Project Shuffle is a unique social blend of word and trivia games from Screwtape Studios, the developmental duo that brought us Conduction and Bank Job in 2011 and 2012, respectively. With the publishing support of Right Pedal Studios on their side, Screwtape hopes this puzzling word game that you can play with your friends will be their biggest release yet!

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Bookworm Heroes Review: A worthwhile follow-up to Bookworm that suffers torn pages thanks to its free-to-play model.

Apr 23, 2013

The problem with the free-to-play (FTP) model is not that it exists. The problem is that some publishers who are in love with FTP implement the system in a manner that screws the player instead benefitting him or her. PopCap’s Bookworm Heroes is one example of a great game that’s dragged down by its FTP elements. It’s too bad we can’t just pay $1.99 and avoid stressing out over coins, pets, heroes, and the rest of it.

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Lie Swatter Review: Lie or truth: In his diary, Abraham Lincoln admitted to farting during the Gettysburg Address.

Apr 4, 2013

Lie Swatter is a quirky new trivia game from the makers of the You Don’t Know Jack series, which tests how well you can spot a lie in a lineup of truths. And who better to give you these lies than a buzzing swarm of overweight and lopsided flies? But while the humor and variety of categories are there, a number of technical issues and design flaws ultimately leave the game caught in its own fly paper.

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Match-Up! Preview: Three games in one! Exclamation point!

Mar 15, 2013

Big Fish knows that you don't want to wait to play your favorite casual games against other players, because in the immortal words of Sweet Brown, “Ain't nobody got time for that!” That's why the company teamed up with JawFish Games to create Match-Up!, so you can get right down to business playing Word, Match-3 or Mahjong in live tournaments. Plus it's got that exclamation point, so it can't be dull.

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Words of Wonder Review: Words have never been so wonderful.

Mar 13, 2013

In Disney Words of Wonder, an evil gray curse has stolen all the color from the Words of Wonder book, and left the fairytale landscape colorless and barren. It’s up to you to restore the colors of the world by traveling the land and spelling every word that crosses your mind. I knew that being an English major in college would let me save the world one day!

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Letter Rush Review: If only spelling bees were this exciting!

Mar 5, 2013

I’d like to think I’m pretty good with words. After all, I do spend my days here at Gamezebo pouring out hundreds of them. But it’s amazing how quickly you forget how to spell the most simplest of things when panic sets in, and you see all these other words rushing towards you with no signs of slowing down. This is Letter Rush, and it’s here to put your spelling skills to the ultimate test!

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QuizCross Review: Hey! Someone got their trivia in my... Tic-Tac-Toe?

Mar 4, 2013

Trivia is one of those kinds of games that just about anyone can enjoy. So long as they aren’t terrible at remembering random facts, anyway. The problem with being a universally enjoyed game is that it can be difficult to capture any attention amidst the sea of titles on offer. This has a lot to do with why I’m so impressed with QuizCross; it changes up the formula quite effectively.

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What's the Phrase Review: What’s The Phrase isn’t a bad Wheel of Fortune clone, but it’s still exactly that: a clone.

Mar 4, 2013

It’s been about a year since Zynga bought OMGPop and Draw Something for $180 million, which means it’s also been about a year since Draw Something’s popularity deflated like a cheap balloon and left Zynga holding a rubbery corpse. 2012 proved to be a year of major reflection and restructuring for the social gaming giant, and its latest mobile title, What’s The Phrase, presents a good opportunity for the company to demonstrate that it’s learned some lessons. So are we witnessing the dawn of a sadder, wiser Zynga? Eh, well, maybe.

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Letter Rush Preview: Think you have a talent with words? Letter Rush wants you to prove it.

Feb 28, 2013

Don’t rush letters, man. Letters love to live low and lazy, and if you push them along, they get pretty irritable. There’s one exception: consonants enjoy moving swiftly in Letter Rush, an iOS game by Proletariat (a studio built up from the ashes of Zynga Boston, which shut down in October of 2012). If you fail to act quickly and spell out the indicated words, your game is over. Oh letters. Why are you so cruel?

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