Wordy

LQ: 8.5

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Brain grade: 8.9
Fun score: 8.2

ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Wordy is an iOS puzzle game where users try to find as many words as they can during the allotted time. There are a variety of difficulties ranging from easy, medium, and hard to extreme and the comically-named OMG category (meaning “Oh My Gosh!”). Letters are placed at random on a 4×4 or 5×5 grid, and depending on the level of difficulty players have between 1 and 3 minutes to find as many words as they can. Letters are connected by dragging the finger across the touch screen, and words are formed by connecting letters diagonally, horizontally, and vertically. No two letter words are allowed, and players are awarded points based on the complexity of the words and value of the letters. By integrating the game with Facebook and Twitter, other players can compete against others’ high scores. The game contains no inappropriate content, but because the game requires a familiarity with word association, Wordy is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

 


this app is good for kids who need help with:

Time Management

Players are on the clock as soon as the game begins. Those who start on Easy mode have 3 minutes to form as many words as they can. It might be a good strategy to get all the easy three and four letter words out of the way immediately. That way players will not spend too much time trying to force longer words into their scores. Longer words can come later, especially since players will have already familiarized themselves with the game board and position of the letters for the the two minutes or so. Once players have completed the majority of the smaller words, they should move to combining higher scoring letters. Then they can solve for long words -- if time permits. Especially on the harder levels, players cannot waste any time deliberating and searching for combinations. An acute and perceptive understanding of the amount of time it takes to form words is necessary in order to be a competitive Wordy player.

Focus

While it is true that most games require keen focus, a particular attention to detail is required for players to be successful Wordy competitors. Before players begin to form words, they should very briefly scan the grid, making note of letters that are worth more points, as well as areas on the grid where there are multiple consonants. During gameplay, players should always be one step ahead -- scanning for a new words while simultaneously connecting letter on the grid. It may take some time to develop the skill set necessary to get 40 or more words in a minute, and players should not get discouraged because they are unable to create a word as seconds continue to tick off the clock. Wordy can combat distractedness, as is it mandates players' complete attention.

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