Android word games to test your spelling and knowledge

Word Twist Pro is a fast-paced, Boggle-like action word game. In this game, try to pick out the hidden words in the scrambled grid of letters. Words must be at least three letters long and may include derived versions of this word separately. However, players may not use the same letter cube more than once per word. Sounds like it’s about time to whip out the old Scrabble dictionary and see just how many different words you can make. This full version includes two different game modes, “Unlimited Time” and “Time Pressure” and it does not include ads. A lite version of the app is available in the marketplace for users to try before deciding whether or not to commit to the full version of the game.

Those who love word games won’t be able to resist 7 Little Words for Android. This game combines concepts that are found in crossword puzzles and anagram games to create an entirely new challenge. It’s a tough one, but it’s undeniably addictive.

You are given a series of clues and a specification of the number of letters that each word is made up of (never more than seven). The bottom half of the screen is made up of an assortment of tiles that have letters on them.

To play, you must assemble a word that you believe matches one of the definitions at the top of the screen. To do this, tap the tiles in chronological order, and then tap the “Guess” button to see if you’re right. If the word fits the clue, a checkmark will appear on your list and those tiles will disappear from the board. Once you solve the set of clues, you pass the level.

There are 30 different free, individual sets of clues (these can be found in the “Sunrise” pack), and each one is numbered. Contrary to your gut instinct, these levels don’t seem to become more difficult as you play. They seem to be a mix of easy and difficult. When you run out of all the free clues, you can buy more sets for $0.99 each from within the app.

The app doesn’t penalize players for making a wrong guess, and there is no time limit. This is great news for more-relaxed word puzzlers who want to play at their own pace, but I could see how it might wear on those who are more competitive. I think the game might become just a bit more interesting if a gaming mode was included that would add or subtract points depending on how quickly you solve a puzzle, or how many guesses you attempt before finding the correct answer.

7 Little Words doesn’t have an exceptionally well-designed interface, but it can’t be classified as ugly, either. I’ll admit, though, that when I saw the dull gray scales and smiley-face icon, I had low expectations. 7 Little Words turned out to be a wonderful surprise! This is yet another example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Especially if it’s a free app.

WordPress is a delightful game, with word bubbles ready to pop with each word’s completion. You start with an empty board, and it’s in your best interest to keep it as tidy as possible. Spell fast; don’t let these hypnotizing bubbles get too crowded. This Android game is free.

wordoid! comes with a board full of letters, waiting to be formed into words. You can go in any direction to connect letters and earn bonus points for certain tiles. Sometimes you’ll even get a wild card. That should boost your score quite nicely. The longer words get bigger scores, so stretch your mind and your fingers. This Android game is free.

TextTwist has made the jump to mobile, with a sequel to boot. Shuffle the six letters you’re given, spelling out as many word combos as you can. Your time is limited, so you’ll have to spell fast. Don’t get the six-letter word? You won’t advance to the next level. This free Android version’s got five game modes, and trophies to unlock, adding a few perks the early PC editions lacked.

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