Play Word Games on WordsWorth iPhone App

By Bob LeVitus

The WordsWorth app is easy to learn, difficult to master, and extremely addicting. If you have to quit in the middle of a game, you can pick up where you left off the next time you play.

In this game, you form words by tapping letters on the screen or dragging your finger through letters to spell a word. Longer words using rare letters such as J, Z, and Qu, score more points than shorter words with more common letters, such as A, E, and O. There is also a bonus buzzword at the bottom of the screen in a yellow starburst. Spelling a buzzword scores a lot more points than the word’s usual value.

To make things more interesting, special tiles including blue wild cards, green bonuses, and red timers all appear. The timer tiles are the most insidious; if the clock runs down before you’ve used the letter, you lose.

WordsWorth has two game modes. The original (Classic) mode doesn’t have a fixed time limit. Instead, it’s level-based — each time you achieve the prescribed number of points, you advance to the next level. And, of course, the levels grow increasingly harder with more timed tiles, fewer vowels, fewer wild cards, and more hard-to-use consonants (such as z, x, and q).

The timed mode gives you a fixed length of time to finish each level. If you don’t score enough points to advance to the next level before time runs out, you lose.

In either mode, if you can’t find any more words on the screen, you can shuffle the tiles by shaking your iPhone or tapping the little dude at the bottom left corner of the screen. But be careful; only a limited number of shuffles are available for each level, and using a shuffle almost always generates at least one timer tile and sometimes more than one.

The game has numerous options that let you increase or decrease its difficulty. You can choose grid sizes from 4 x 4 to 7 x 7. You can also select a minimum word size (3, 4, or 5 letters), number of scrambles available per level (0, 1, 2, or 3), timer length (10–90 seconds), and word list dictionary the game uses (TWL, SOWPODS, or ENABLE).

Although WordsWorth only costs $1.99, a free version also exists — WordsWorth Lite — so you can try it before you buy the full game. Both versions are the same in every way except the Lite version is limited to 3 levels, versus 20 in the paid version.