TextTwist 2 for iPad

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Unscramble letters to make words in four languages.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice spelling skills by unscrambling letters to form multiple words of varying lengths with TextTwist 2 for iPad. After each round, kids can improve their vocabularies by reviewing the words they missed and tapping to look up definitions, but this isn’t essential to gameplay. Non-English speakers or kids studying other languages can play using French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish dictionaries. TextTwist 2 for iPad incentivizes kids to become speedy spellers by recognizing common letter pairings and new words.

Ease of Play

This game is easy and enjoyable to use. The different game modes range in difficulty (from untimed to lightning round). You can also change the maximum word length (five to seven letters) to make it more or less challenging. The diverse ways you can win bonus points or trophies makes play constantly gratifying. There are instructions available from the main menu and within each game. Your progress for one game per mode is automatically saved.


Swear words that have other meanings, such as "ass," can be played. The games can be played using dictionaries in five languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. 


On the main menu page, there is a link to purchase more games and another link to email friends to advertise this game and others from GameHouse.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TextTwist 2 for iPad is set of five single-player word games. In each game, you are given five to seven letters to unscramble into words of three to seven letters. Each word receives points, and making the longest word allows you to advance to the next level. Play can be timed or untimed. Links from the main menu give options for emailing friends or buying more games. A similar app, TextTwist 2, is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byMichael A. August 27, 2016
Teen, 15 years old Written byandylei May 30, 2011


special thanks to this informative tutorial and powerful tool! it is really easy to use and I will recommend it to my friends! Thanks again! iPhone, iPad, ipod... Continue reading

What's it about?

Text Twist 2 for iPad has five game modes. In standard mode, players unscramble a batch of five to seven letters to form words of three to seven letters. One bingo word uses all the letters; once this word is solved, players can advance. Shorter words earn additional points, as does finishing before an optional two-minute timer. In letter mania, new letters replace used ones, and players find new words. In lightning round, players only find the bingo word using all the letters from each batch in quick succession. The app tracks player stats.

Is it any good?

The five modes of play and multitude of ways you can win trophies and extra points provide something for everyone in TEXTTWIST 2 FOR IPAD. The game is easy to use and learn, and it's great to be able to listen to your iPod while playing. This is also a great way to practice spelling words in other languages. Since only one game per mode is saved at once, it could be tricky to share within the family, but kids will still enjoy competing for high scores. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Challenge your kid to define the daily or bingo word, and check the definition together in Wiktionary.

  • Talk aloud as you play, pointing out spelling patterns and letter pairings (such as ck, th, sh, ie).

  • Discourage random guessing by challenging your kid to keep the invalid word stat below 10 words per game.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: time management
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: September 18, 2010
  • Category: Word Games
  • Publisher: GameHouse
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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