A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Players can customize some elements of their avatars, such as color, gender, nationality, etc., but are always presented as very basic faceless toylike figures.
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Ease of Play
While the gameplay mechanics are simple to pick up and play, the gameplay gets hampered by its often surprisingly limited selection of acceptable answers.
Violence & Scariness
Players' answers create towers that keep them from falling into the water and getting eaten by sharks. Players can also call in pirates to hamper opponents' progress. The game's simple style keeps this violence from ever being anything more than cartoonish.
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The game occasionally uses some potentially offensive words as answers, though not stretching into the realm of full-blown profanity.
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Products & Purchases
The game inundates players with a constant stream of advertisements, some of which even occur mid-match. Players can pay a one-time fee to eliminate many of the ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Text or Die is a free-to-play trivia/word game available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players try to come up with the longest answer to various questions and categories. The gameplay is easy to learn, but often has an unusual selection of answers it deems acceptable or not. Players are able to do some basic customization to their avatars' appearances, though they are generally featureless characters. Despite appearances to the contrary, this game is a single player experience, as other tournament "contestants" are actually computer controlled opponents. There's some violence in the game, with contestants eliminated by falling into the water and being eaten by sharks. The game's filled with intrusive advertisements, though most can be removed by paying a one-time fee.
Is It Any Good?
Who knew that having a robust vocabulary would be a life-saving skill? Still, that's the premise behind Text or Die. And it's a fairly interesting premise, challenging players to come up with the most long-winded responses to random trivia. Unfortunately, nearly every single bit of the delivery on the premise falls short of even the lowest expectations. For starters, while this might looks like a multiplayer game, it's not. All of your opponents are randomly generated by the computer and few every seem to present much challenge. In fact, the biggest challenge is coping with the game's very limited and often confusing selection of what it considers correct answers.
As a game where the goal is answering questions with the longest word, it's understandable that Text or Die requires the answer to be spelled correctly. But there are times where even correctly spelled words are considered wrong. And then there are the game's generically described categories, which are widely open to interpretation. Many of these seem more like they're left to the whim of the developers' preferences than actual answers. Oftentimes, you'll spell out a word that clearly fits in a category but is rejected, while the AI selects an answer that doesn't have even the most tenuous connection to the subject but somehow passes muster. Finally, the in-game ads are overwhelming. Between pop-ups, banners, etc. being shoved into your face at any given moment, even during a match, it starts to feel like the game is nothing more than what happens between the ads instead of the other way around.
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