What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Befuddled HD is a strategic word game with many options for play. The game is similar to Boggle, but letters are replaced after being used. In order to move to the next level, the player must reach a certain score before running out of letters. This makes the game more strategic, especially with various limitations (different tiles made out of different materials) and special actions (the ability to destroy some letters or buy more). There is no time restriction, so you can take the time you need to think things out. The board ranges from 8 x 8 letters to 12 x 12 letters. The $.99 add-on pack includes other modes of play, including larger grids (up to 16 x 16) and a 6 x 6 kid-friendly game. A few swear words can be played, but most are not accepted. Kids can connect to the OpenFeint network, an optional social network. A similar app, Befuddled, is available for the same price for the iPhones and iPod Touch, but it does not include the add-on pack with the kid-friendly board.
Is it any good?
BEFUDDLED HD is a creative twist on several popular games -- the best of Boggle and Scrabble combined! The wide variety of options for play means there is something for everyone, and the multiple tile materials (you can only make words out of similar tile materials) and special actions add engaging complexity. Kids and adults will both love this game, and the HD version saves up to 9 games at once, so everyone can have a turn playing their board of choice. The interface is very user-friendly. Both the game and the add-on pack will provide hours of absorption for anyone who enjoys word puzzles.