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Words Story

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Grammar issues, repetitive gameplay put the fun on lockdown.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app has a static explanation available if players get confused at any point and periodically provides puzzle hints. They'll also get a brief overview before new challenges, although the wording, at times, can be a little off.

Violence

The main character is arrested on suspicion of murder early in the game, and bombs are used to eliminate unnecessary letters in word puzzles, but kids won't see blood or strong depictions of violence.

Sex

The raciest things within the app is a poster of a fully clothed woman on the character's wall; while playing, though, some commercials shown for other games feature a spouse cheating, couples in bed, and other adult scenarios.

 

Language
Consumerism

Players will see ads occasionally and get frequent prompts to earn coins by watching additional commercials, which are easy to click on by mistake; they can also buy coin packages that range from $0.99 to $9.99.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids can bribe a prison guard with wine at one point, which he promptly guzzles before tossing the bottle to the ground.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Words Story is a word puzzle app for iOS and Android devices. The jail escape app is fairly easy to follow, although uneven grammar that's used in the narration may confuse players at times. Parents may not be crazy about some of the themes that are touched on -- such as lying and bribing a jail guard with alcohol -- but players won't see overt violence or bad language. They may be exposed to ads for other games, though, that feature sexual subjects such as adultery. The ads aren't as intrusive as in some apps, but they're frequent enough to be a little annoying, and some promote games that are definitely geared toward adults. 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 WORDS STORY, players try to form the correct word from available letters in puzzles to help a man imprisoned for a crime he says he didn't commit escape. Completing rounds earns coins that can be used on bombs that blow up unnecessary letters to make guessing easier; they're also sometimes given clues. The overall puzzle progress is measured in days that have been completed in prison, which are shown in a chart. As players advance, the main character gets items to help him dig an escape tunnel or things to help pass the time, like a game.

Is it any good?

The winning words that players try to guess in this app's puzzles seems to be somewhat arbitrary, and that combined with grammar issues and repetition ruins this game's fun. In Words story, players try to guess a hidden word by spelling it using the letters they're given. Players essentially have to keep submitting options until they're told one is correct, which is a process some may find frustrating. There's a faster way to figure out what won't work; players can purchase a bomb to blow up the unnecessary letters that are listed. But at 60 coins a pop, you won't have enough cash to do that often unless you're willing to pay for them.

Seeing daily and overall escape route digging progress gives players a sense of accomplishment and encouragement; unfortunately, though, as they advance, the total is listed as multiple inch instead of inches. The dialogue and instructions also feature pretty frequent grammar mistakes -- including overt errors such as "Bomb can help you to remove the unuseful letters" and "The guard is stupid, but I have never used to the prison life" -- which isn't a great way to reinforce grammatically accurate sentences. In addition, there's many levels here, and while the puzzles involve longer words, the format doesn't change, so playing starts to feel repetitive and a little boring. Adding different types of games and potentially giving users more decision making ability so they could have a greater say in what happens next would make the experience more engaging. Although Words Story is slightly entertaining at first, it quickly becomes a game you won't want to keep playing for long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about splitting a larger objective into smaller, more manageable parts to work toward a goal. Can you think of a goal and create a plan to achieve it?

  • Can you think of an instance in which trying out different options helped identify the correct solution?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 3, 2019
  • Category: Word Games
  • Size: 323.00 MB
  • Publisher: Zhou Jiaping
  • Version: 15.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.1 and up and iOS 9.0 or later.

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