Word building games are a great way to sharpen your critical thinking and build vocabulary. If you are passionate about playing word games, you must try your hands at Word-A-Fall. Word-A-Fall is an iPhone app that is quite different from traditional word building games. It is fast-paced, interactive and easy to learn but difficult to master. This app is a great boredom buster and the perfect way to have a few hours of fun with friends or family.
What’s the app about?
The objective of Word-A-Fall is to see how many words you can create within a limited time period. The app features a waterfall from which letter tiles flow down continuously. You have to simply tap on the letters to form words. You need to form as many words as possible before the tiles disappear into the waterfall. You score points for every word you form correctly. The app belongs to the Games category in the iTunes App Store.
Working of the app:
Word-A-Fall comprises three game modes – Classic, WordSmith and Rushing Rapids. Classic mode gives you a time limit of two minutes within which you have to form as many words as you can. In WordSmith mode you need to create words that have a minimum of four characters, within the same time limit. Rushing Rapids is the most challenging mode. The speed of the tiles increases with each word you submit. At the end of each game, your score, best word and total word count are displayed. You can share your scores with your friends via SMS.
Once you choose a game mode, letter tiles start falling down the waterfall. Each letter tile holds a value from 1 to 10. Your score depends on the total value of the tiles that make up the word. After you form a word, you just need to swipe your finger to the right to submit it. When you choose a tile by mistake or if you are not able to create a word, you can swipe to the left to drop all the letters of that word. You can pause the game at any time by tapping on the timer.
The most interesting feature of Word-A-Fall is the 8 Action tiles. These tiles make the gameplay very exciting by either increasing or decreasing your score. There are a total of 5 positive and 3 negative action tiles. The 2W, 3W and 4W tiles double, triple and quadruple your word value. The 10W tile multiplies your word value by 10. The +10 tile adds 10 extra seconds to the timer (this will be of great help when you are running out of time). You need to be careful about the negative action tiles; the -10 tile reduces 10 seconds from the timer. The blind tile makes all the falling tiles fade away from the playing area for about 10 seconds. The bomb tile, the most dangerous of the lot, clears your entire letter field.
Word-A-Fall has got an overall pleasant appearance and the sound effects suit the theme of the game. The Instruction option explains the game clearly. Options to get your friends involved in the game through social media could have been included. The app could have been optimized for kids by including simpler levels, to help them get a hang of the concept of word building.
Word-A-Fall is a fun way to enhance your word building skills. The app costs $0.99 and requires iOS 6.0 or later versions.