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Under a Spell

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever, deceptive word puzzler makes spelling fun.

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By putting a clever twist on Scrabble­-esque word puzzles, this deceptively simple but challenging word game will keep all spellers entertained. In Under a Spell, you have to slide your finger from one letter piece to another to spell the right word. Except you can only connect letter pieces if they're next to each other, and have to do it in the right order. Though you do sometimes get hints, like how the second letter in a five-letter word is an "E." Letters can not only be connected up and down, but diagonally as well. And things just get more elaborate from there, with tiles on top of other tiles, or keeping other pieces frozen until you use other letters to form words first. There's even times when a letter piece will explode if you don’t use it fast enough. You also have to be mindful that using certain letters will make the rest of the puzzle impossible to finish. The game can also be played in a variety of languages, which makes it good for teaching words. But there are times when it can be a bit too rigid. Once, when given the letters "T," "S," I," and "E," putting in "TIES" didn't work; it was looking for "SITE." Even so, Under a Spell still manages to be fun challenge whether you're a Words with Friends addict or someone who always uses auto correct.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 21, 2017
  • Category: Word Games
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 16, 2021

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