A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that W.E.L.D.E.R. is a strategic word game that has optional links to social media and a mode that allows players to challenge friends or strangers. The 2-player mode includes chat features, which raises privacy and safety concerns for younger players. The game draws on the same word list as Words with Friends. Some words and definitions may include mature content. In addition, players can share the definitions or their scores on Facebook and Twitter and can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
W.E.L.D.E.R is like a challenging version of Boggle crossed with a little Bejeweled. On an eight-by-eight tile board of jumbled letters, players swap tiles to form at least a 4-letter word of connected letters (the Boggle part). When they make a word, those letters disappear, making the tiles above fill in and new ones to appear at the top (the Bejeweled part). Some tiles have special characteristics, like they can’t be swapped or are double the points, giving the game an element of strategy.
Is it any good?
W.E.L.D.E.R. has a lot to offer teens. While there are elements of sharing and potential privacy risks in 2-player mode, it can be played as a self-contained, 1-player game. The game can get a little monotonous, but the variety of tiles and achievements helps mitigate this. The different types of tiles and swaps make this game very strategic, similar to Befuddled. Stylistically, the game is reminiscent of Spellsquares, with tiles locking into place. What sets W.E.L.D.E.R. apart from most word game apps is the dictionary feature, making it a great way to learn the meaning of obscure words (instead of just using them to frustrate your Words with Friends competitors). Of course, the exposure to mature content in the definitions, as well as the social network sharing and open chat, make this best for teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Draw your kids' attention to the dictionary feature in W.E.L.D.E.R.; it's easy to miss and can add a bit of vocabulary learning to their gameplay.
Choose to play a fun word game like Scrabble or Balderdash for your next family night. Your kids can show off their vocabulary and learn from you, too.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: August 1, 2012
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 48.70 MB
- Publisher: Ayopa Games LLC
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
For kids who love working with words
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