Parents' Guide to

Words Story

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Grammar issues, repetitive gameplay put the fun on lockdown.

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The winning words that players try to guess in this app's puzzles seem 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.

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 "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 are 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 that 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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 3, 2019
  • Category: Word Games
  • Publisher: Zhou Jiaping
  • Version: 15.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.1 and up and iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Last updated: February 18, 2020

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