Moxie 2

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Build words one letter at a time in this fun challenger.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The first time Moxie 2 is started, it suggests you watch the included video, which explains how the game works. The video is also accessible later from the menu. Navigating between the game and menu can be a little confusing at times, but otherwise the gameplay is fairly straightforward and easy to learn. The game is challenging, even for word game enthusiasts.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language

Since Moxie 2 is a word game, players could spell whatever they wanted, but most bad words aren't included in the game's dictionary, and none will appear in the game otherwise.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Very private. There is an option to submit scores to the global high scores list, which can be turned on or off. This will submit the name and score to the list, but nothing else, so even using an actual name would not release much personal information. There is also a link on the high scores page to send an email to the developers, so parents would want to monitor this.

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.

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:October 29, 2010
Category:Word Games
Publisher:Blue Ox Technologies Ltd.
Version:1.03
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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