Wordington: Words & Design

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun spelling word game can be too easy to play.

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The game uses simple touch controls, which it does a good job of explaining.

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Players use coins to buy hints. Said coins can be earned by playing or watching ads, or can be purchased with real money.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wordington: Words & Design is a word puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, because you just have to spell different words by drawing a line to each letter in order. When stuck, players can buy hints using coins they earn through playing, by watching ads, or by purchasing packs of them in the game's store. Players also earn stars by playing, and then use those stars to buy nice things for their new home. 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?

In WORDINGTON: WORDS & DESIGN, a young woman named Emma moves into her grandparents' old house when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her and decides she needs a change. But when she finds that the house is a mess, she decides to put all of her energy into cleaning and fixing the place up. To earn the stars she needs to do this, she (in the hands of the player) has to solve a series of word puzzles that require you to draw a line from one letter to another in order. You'll try to spell the words that fit the puzzle, and if you can't figure out what goes next, you can use a clue to get a hint about what should be filled in.

Is it any good?

Though hardly original, this spelling puzzle game will keep would-be wordsmiths and interior designers on their toes. In Wordington: Words & Design, Emma decides to move into her grandparent's old house after she catches her boyfriend cheating on her. But since the house is a mess, Emma has to solve a series of word puzzles so she can earn the stars needed to sweep up, replace the floors, and make other improvements. To do this, she has to spell words that fit a puzzle board by drawing a line, in order, from one letter piece to another. In other words, it's like Scrabble if the board was smaller, you played by yourself, and finishing a board let you clean up or buy stuff for some broken hearted lady's new home.

As with similar games that use this mechanic, this doesn't get tough until you play a while, and even then you can always buy a hint for cheap. You can also double your earnings by watching an ad, which makes it tempting to buy hints all the time. It also doesn't help that the story is rather obvious, or that Emma isn't a terribly interesting person, though playing a puzzle game for the story is like buying a welcome mat for your dog. Still, if you enjoy brain-teasing word puzzles, and interior design, Wordington: Words & Design can be n-----u-----f. No, wait, f-----u-----n.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about spending money wisely. In Wordington: Words & Design, you can earn coins by playing or watching ads, but you can also buy them with real money, so how do you decide when to spend money on a game that's free or ad-supported? And how much money seems appropriate?

  • Wordington: Words & Design lets you watch ads to earn coins, but why do you think they do this? Have you noticed that the ads are often the same over and over?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 27, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 212.40 MB
  • Publisher: Qiiwi Games AB
  • Version: 1.4.9
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: September 9, 2020

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