WordPop!

 
Fun puzzler puts a spin on Boggle-like games.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

WordPop! is fairly easy: You tap on letters to form a word, and click the checkmark to submit it. However, it's easy to select the wrong letter and sometimes a little tricky to make corrections mid-word. Also, it's very easy to tap the wrong button and rotate the board when you mean to submit a word; fortunately there's an "undo" button, which takes you back one step.

Violence
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Sex
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Language

Although the game will accept some swear words as legitimate, the player has to find and highlight them -- it will not suggest them or list them anywhere.

Consumerism

There are some links to other games by the developer that open up the developer's website in an in-game browser.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There are a couple ways to send emails from within the app: to the developers or to a friend to recommend the app. There's also a place to enter an email address to receive email updates. The global high score list is optional, and will upload only a username of your choice.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WordPop! is a Boggle-like word puzzle game, recommended for kids who know how to spell. The game has a few ways to visit the developer's site or send emails so it should probably be monitored. Otherwise, there is nothing offensive for younger players, but the nature of the game means that it is appropriate for older children and adults.

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WORDPOP! is a bit like Boggle -- you look for words on a grid of letters, the longer the better (though the letters have different values as well, as in Scrabble). There's a twist, though: After you find and submit a word, those letters vanish and the rest of the letter tiles slide down to fill in the gap. You can rotate the board clockwise, which causes the tiles to resettle, often allowing new words. You can also earn bonus tiles that you can place into empty spaces. The three difficulty levels give you different numbers of bonus tiles at start and have different scoring thresholds for earning bonus tiles. Each time you clear the board, you get a new set of tiles, and you continue until you can't find any more words. The game is fun and the interface looks great. It would be nice if the game detected when there were no more combinations, or perhaps an "end game" button. As it is, there's just a "new" button, which quits the current game and starts a new one, which is counterintuitive. Otherwise, for fans of word games WordPop! is a fun little diversion.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:August 17, 2010
Category:Word Games
Publisher:Smart Box Design
Version:2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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