A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
This app can be challenging to learn; even though the initial game mode is called "training," there is only a minimal explanation of how to play. However, a complete tutorial is available in the settings menu. Once accustomed to the game, players can vary the difficulty level, length of the word (5 to 12 letters), add British English to the existing 200,000 word dictionary, and challenge friends. All three game modes use timers. The challenge from the time pressure is eased by the hint option in each round, which can be enabled by tapping wildcard or shaking the device.
Products & Purchases
In some game modes, players can email challenges to their friends with a link to buy the game. The about section of the settings also includes links to email friends or rate the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lingo HD is a challenging adaptation of the game show without the Bingo element. Players are presented with the first letter of a word (5 to 12 letters long) and fill in the remaining letters to submit a guess before time runs out. The game keeps letters that are in the correct places and flags letters that appear somewhere in the word but in different places. The player uses these clues to formulate and submit more guesses until they run out of attempts (5, 7, or 10). The game options can be adjusted to fit different ability levels, and players can email friends to challenge them in two game modes. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Players can also authorize the game to access their Twitter accounts.
Is It Any Good?
LINGO HD is a fun and challenging word game with a neat splash of logic. It can be confusing to learn to play without poking around the settings menu to find the tutorial. Once you're familiar with the game options and play, though, it's great to customize the background (even using one of your own photos!) and experiment with different word lengths, speed, difficulty level, and ways to challenge friends. Kids (and adults!) without a strong vocabulary will likely find it difficult to formulate guesses in the short time for each round.
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