Words games are a dime a dozen and there’s have been quite a few pop up since Words with Friends hit it big. Hooked on Words by Plasmaworks is one of the latest, and it’s also one of the greatest I’ve played lately as it does things a bit differently than the rest.
Hooked on Words is a Word Search game that has you trying to put together words from random tiles placed on the board. It’s just like the old-school Word Search games where you can string together words diagonally, horizontally, vertically, etc… you can basically go in any direction as long as the letters are touching in order. Just like scrabble you’ll be scored depending on the numbers on the tiles, and you’ll get bonuses like double word when you put together a word of 4 or more letters. There’s also a bonus word given every round, and if you get it you’ll receive ‘Super Tiles’. I have no idea what those do though as I’ve yet to get the bonus word.
Hooked on Words has 4 different modes of play with Standard, Timed, Collapse, and Scramble. Standard gives you a board full of tiles and when you put together a word more tiles drop onto the board. The game is over when you finish all the letters or flat out give up. Timed mode is the same as Standard Mode, but gives you 2 minutes to get as many words as possible. Collapse throws Tetris into the mix as a new level of letters will drop on timed basis and if they reach the top your toast. Last but not least is Scramble where the board stays the same and you’ve got 2 minutes to get as many points as possible.
I loved Word Search games when I was a kid, and Hooked on Words is about as good as it gets on a mobile device. The game modes are all a lot of fun even though I believe finishing the board in standard mode is damn near impossible unless you’re some kind of word Svengali. It’s pretty safe to say that if you’re into word games you’ll definitely want to give Hooked on Words a go. Hooked on Words is free to download, but does have a brief video ad that pops up before games. I didn’t find it that annoying, but if you want to get rid of it and show the developers some love you can remove the ads for a buck.