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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Finding hidden words isn't too hard -- but it's fun.

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Clarifications from the developer

Hi, I'm the developer of this game and I'd like to add a few clarifications to this excellent review. I don't have kids myself, but I strive to make all my games family friendly with my niece and nephews in mind. While it's true that players can enter any valid word in the dictionary, including inappropriate words, an inappropriate word will never be required to complete a game, or displayed as a bingo word or as a hint on a card. I also do my best to block ads that aren't family friendly and have a moderation system in the game so anyone can report players with inappropriate names on the leaderboards in case my lovely team of moderators doesn't catch them first. The game also limits player interactions to positive feedback via high-fiving. We really want to make this a safe space for everyone. Regarding the challenge, the game does start out easy but steadily increases in difficulty until it becomes quite challenging with up to 8-letter words, more than 30 clue cards per game, and tricky combos that require an excellent vocabulary. The biggest bumps in difficulty occur after levels 40, 250, and 500. There is also a daily Coffee Break game that gives players a bonus score for playing as quickly as possible which provides an extra challenge, along with a Coffee Break leaderboard for some healthy competition. There are currently more than 4,500 unique levels (far more than most games in the category which start to repeat after a few hundred levels) and a practically infinite combination of clue cards, as well as a corporate ladder for competitive players to climb. All of these features are designed to keep the game satisfying and mentally stimulating for hundreds or even thousands of levels, and I hope you'll enjoy it anytime you're in the mood for some challenging wordplay.

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The potential words you can use in this game aren't too complex -- younger kids should be able to recognize and spell some in each level. Kids can't just enter random guesses in Wordjamacallit. They have to follow directions listed on cards to read the instructions, such as "Swipe a word containing the letter 'T' to collect this card," which makes figuring out what to do next easy. Once they've satisfied all the card requests, they'll have finished the level.

The game involves a couple of unclear elements -- one card, for instance, appears periodically asking you to find a hidden word using clues you'll get from completing the other cards. Doing that doesn't always make a specific answer obvious, though -- particularly because you can enter one word that applies to multiple cards to complete more than one card at a time. If you do, the cards -- and potential clues -- disappear quickly. Kids may find they've accidentally guessed the hidden word in the process and that card is gone, too. Older kids may feel the word guesses are a little easy, since many, if not most, involve just three to five letters, and it's not uncommon to see some of the same options pop up in the next level. But there are some nuances in the gameplay. For example, in addition to entering a word that will satisfy two or more cards at once, words that include all the available letters also provide bonus points. While the game's workplace theme is a creative idea, the graphics could be more compelling -- kids can see grapes accumulate and a character descend into a pipe as the next level starts, but there aren't many other visual bells and whistles. But despite its simplicity, the game can be surprisingly addictive. Even though kids are essentially doing the same thing -- swiping on the screen to select letters and enter words -- repeatedly throughout the game, the different tasks they need to consider for each word selection help Wordjamacallit's subsequent levels continue to feel fresh.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac , Android
  • Release date: August 28, 2021
  • Category: Word Games
  • Publisher: Hot Chai Productions
  • Version: 1.15
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 5.0 and up.
  • Last updated: September 24, 2021

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