A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn some new vocabulary words and practice their spelling skills with Wurdle's fun word search puzzles. With the default settings, three-letter words are accepted, which won't be a challenge for older players. To increase the learning challenge, players can set the minimum word length to four or even five letters. There is no built-in or online dictionary feature, but players interested in learning new words can spend time reviewing the possible words list at the end of each game. Wurdle's default mode won't expand most players' vocabulary or spelling skills, but players can adjust gameplay options to enhance learning.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. There is no tutorial, but gameplay instructions are available from the settings menu. The settings menu options allow players to adapt the gameplay by making the grid smaller or larger, changing the length of play time, and selecting the minimum word length. Players can really put the pressure on with one-minute play. Or, they can turn off the clock and take their sweet time. Stumped? Shake or triple-tap to rearrange the tiles.
Products & Purchases
A small button on the menu screen opens a screen with more information about the developer, ads for other apps by the developer with links to the App Store, an option to sign up for the developer's email list, and links to the developer's blog and Twitter profile.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the word search game Wurdle isn't designed specifically for kids, but works really well for kids because three-letter words count. Players can modify the number of tiles and choose from several timed-game options, plus there is the option to play without a timer. Multiplayer mode on the iPad allows for simultaneous gaming for two players. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Wurdle is a no-nonsense word search game that kids will enjoy as well as adults. With lots of options for customizing gameplay, it can appeal to a wide range of skill levels. And for families with an iPad, Wurdle is a good choice for kids to play simultaneously with a parent, a sibling, or another family member. Parents will appreciate that the game doesn't squawk, squeak, or make annoying sounds as some other word games do!
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