A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Moxie 2 is a challenging word game that involves building words by adding or changing one letter at a time. The game is fairly self-contained and therefore safe for kids to use -- the only information that can be transmitted easily is a high score and a name, but this option can also be turned off if desired. Parents will want to watch the link to send an email to developers, which is included on the global high scores page.
Is it any good?
MOXIE 2 is a tricky word game -- you're presented with 64 letters, one at a time, which you can place anywhere on the three lines to form words up to six letters long. For each unique word you spell, you get a score based on the letters included, multiplied by the length of the word. Spell one of the special "Moxie" words and you get a big bonus. But if you place a letter and the letters no longer form a word, you lose 30 points. The trick is being able to make words out of the existing letters, changing only one letter at a time, without knowing what letter you're going to get next. You can also hit "pass" to skip a letter, but then that letter is just lost forever. The game's graphic design is nice and elegant, with a wood-grain look but nothing too fancy or distracting. Playing Moxie 2 is a real challenge, particularly trying to avoid the dreaded "twaddle" and losing points. People who love word games may find this game quite entertaining.