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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?