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Wurdle

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Challenging word puzzle has good customization options.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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Consumerism

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.

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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.

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What's it about?

WURDLE is nearly identical to Boggle. Players build words from a grid of letter tiles, looking for as many words as possible before time runs out. Players slide a finger across the letters, and a gentle "ding" alerts them that the word is valid. Simply lift the finger to submit the word. Players can change settings for grid size, minimum word length, and timed game vs. untimed. Multiplayer options include online play via Apple's Game Center, pass-and-play mode for two to four players, and simultaneous play for two players on the iPad.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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!

Families can talk about...

  • Watch your kids play and help them set up the gameplay options to provide the right amount of challenge.

  • Play Wurdle with your kids. In multiplayer mode, players can learn new words from each other.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 24, 2009
Category:Word Games
Publisher:Semi Secret Software
Version:2.1

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Kid, 12 years old June 28, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written byMOVIE13 August 27, 2010

GREAT

This game cna be and is addicting. in this game spelling and finding words is more fun then it seems. And the really good theing about it is it is very educational and there are no adds anywhere for little kids to click on.
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