By Jenny Bristol,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Make words quickly as letters stack up; try to ignore ads.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The levels increase in difficulty slowly, and the pause button helps players take a break when needed. The instructions give only the basics of how to play, and use incorrect grammar.
Violence & Scariness
Periodically, you'll get bombs you can tap to explode and remove letters.
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Players can score points for words such as "s--t" and "bitch," but kids will be exposed to iffy language only if they type it in themselves.
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Products & Purchases
The app has ads running continuously at the bottom of the screen. When players finish the game for the first time, a message appears saying that players can buy more time for building words by rating the app five stars in the iTunes store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Words Mine is a fast-paced word game where players spell words, three letters or longer, by tapping letters in order. They can then tap the checkmark to submit the word. If the word is spelled correctly and is accepted, those letters are removed from the screen. Acceptable words include some swear words, such as "s--t" and "bitch." As the game goes on, more letters drop onto the screen. Players can also shake the device to make more words drop. The game keeps score based on the letters used in each word. Each letter has a certain point value, with more difficult letters (such as Q, Z, and X) having higher point values. Letters start dropping faster as players level up. The game is over when the screen is filled completely with letters. Ads run along the bottom of the screen throughout the game.
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Is It Any Good?
WORDS MINE is a free-form word building game that has one basic premise: Build words out of the available letters as quickly as possible, scoring higher for using more difficult letters. It accomplishes this task very well. The dictionary used for the app is large, seemingly containing all well-known words, including some swear words. Players don't get a bonus for spelling longer words, however. The app has an option to view game records, which includes high score, highest level achieved, the number of new words that have been entered, and the highest score for one word. The gameplay itself is simple, fun, and well done. Some of the things surrounding the game, such as mediocre instructions and ads at the bottom of the screen, detract from the experience, but are easy to ignore.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 8, 2011
- Category: Word Games
- Publisher: Wisplay
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
- Last updated: August 22, 2016
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