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Word Swipe Puzzle

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever, simple word game is fun for all ages.

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Game uses simple touch controls but can become intellectually challenging as you progress.

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Players earn gold coins and keys by playing, by watching optional ads, or by purchasing them with real-world money. This currency is then used to purchase helpful items that can shuffle the letters or give you a hint. Static ads run between games. Players can purchase an ad-free version.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Word Swipe Puzzle is a word-based puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. Using simple touch controls, players have to connect blocks with letters on them to form the words indicated by a clue. As players complete words, they earn gold coins and keys. This currency can then be used to buy helpful items, including hints or a shuffling of letters. Doing so removes those letters from the playing field, hopefully revealing the next word you need to swipe. Players can also earn in-game currency by watching optional video ads or they can buy it in the game's store. There are also static ads along the bottom of the screen, but only between rounds, not while you're playing. An ad-free version is available. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like most puzzle games, WORD SWIPE PUZZLE doesn't have a story. Instead, you have to solve puzzles so you can unlock the next puzzle, and so on. To do this, you have to connect the lettered boxes that form words, but only words that fit the category you've been given. Do this, and the boxes disappear; clear all the boxes, and you've solved the puzzle and can move on to the next.

Is it any good?

Though you can't play with friends, this word puzzle game will still keep some wordsmiths entertained. In Word Swipe Puzzle, you're presented with a series of stacked boxes, each of which has a single letter on it. By swiping in a straight line, forward or backward, you form words that fit the category of that particular puzzle. For "Sharp Things," for instance, the correct words were "sword," "saw," "blade," and "sense." Forming words removes those boxes from the playing field until there are none left, at which point you can move on to the next puzzle.

There are also power-ups for when you get stuck and need a hint or want to shuffle the boxes, while the categories tell you how many words you're looking for and how many letters it takes to make them. The only issue is that, because some of the words are big, and some of the categories are obscure, this may prove to be a bit too difficult for younger gamers. But if you're an older wordsmith (or a younger one who loves learning new words and phrases), you'll enjoy the intellectual challenge that's Word Swipe Puzzle.

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  • Families can talk about advertising. Does the infrequency of the ads included in Word Swipe Puzzle change how you feel about the game, or are you still bothered by them being included in the first place?

  • Do you think that Word Swipe Puzzle's focus on words is fun? Does it make you want to learn more words?

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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