WordUs2

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Challenging brain teaser for wordsmiths.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Figuring out the mechanics of the game is easy, but the in-game dictionary doesn't recognize a lot of words that would seem obvious.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to Open Feint, an interactive network, which allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to Open Feint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WordUs2 is a vocabulary-inspired puzzle game. Users must guess the word, often in a time limit or with a limited number of guesses, with only a single letter as their initial clue. The game will keep players guessing and can be extremely challenging at times. Younger players whose spelling skills are fledgling will quickly become frustrated. Older players, though, who enjoy brain teasers will appreciate the game's clue system (if the letter is in the word, but was guessed in the incorrect spot, you're alerted to it).

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WordUs2 (which, as far as we can tell, has a superfluous number at the end) is a love it or hate it game. It's full of puzzles that can confound, stump, and aggravate you one minute, and fill you with a sense of euphoria the next. With a Spartan, efficient design, it's an easy game to learn to play -- and if you're the type of person who lives for word puzzles, it will delight you. But be warned that if you're just a casual fan of the word games genre, the in-game dictionary can be full of baffling omissions (despite its claim of containing thousands of words) that can turn fun into frustration. In either case, it's a great time-killer, potential vocabulary builder, and certainly has the potential to chew up several hours.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:December 18, 2010
Category:Word Games
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Adult Written byBinaryDawn February 3, 2011
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FYI: New update with 3- & 4-letter dictionaries

Hey Chris, Thanks very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed it and we'll definitely take your feedback into account for upcoming versions. I actually just wanted to let you know that we released an update yesterday that now features new 3- and 4-letter dictionaries. So that should make the game a lot more accessible to younger players. We're now recommending it for ages 8+ Hope you get a chance to try it out with the new gameplay modes. Thanks, Amy

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