Bookworm Adventures: Vol. 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Word games + combat combine to create fresh sequel.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The game encourages players to spell long and sophisticated words.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Aside from the combat, which some parents might not like, this game is about mastering the literary world through book reading and spelling.

Ease of Play

This game is quite easy to pick up.


While cartoon-like and without blood or gore, this game has a little bookworm named Lex fight against fictional enemies from the literary world. Players do not do the fighting but watch the combat unfold after spelling a word.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this casual game combines word puzzles with combat. While kids don't direct the combat -- it just happens on the top of the screen after they spell words -- it's about as tame as a Saturday morning cartoons. Younger kids might not be able to spell the long or tough words that Lex the Bookworm needs to defeat the enemies and thus we have set the age of this game at around 10.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written byLinearMom November 28, 2009

Good game for fluent readers

A great game for stretching your spelling and vocabulary skills. It's best for children who are fluent readers. While it's hard for children to initia... Continue reading
Adult Written byhank hill January 2, 2020


My child has started playing this monster a few days ago and the games graphics are as addicting as black tar heroin. I saw the worm kill a people in this game.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMariokas November 22, 2017

Good fun when internet says bye bye!

An fun game.
Pros: 3 books to fight, Great english learning tool,fun enemies,fun dialog,fun secrets,great soundtrack! Cons: Difficulty spikes (especially at boo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2017

Bookworm Adventures Volume 2

The game is very good and very educational.

What's it about?

In case you haven't played the original Bookworm Adventures, this clever word game challenges players to create words by clicking on a 4x4 grid of randomly-placed letters. Not unlike Scrabble, you might scan the available letters and see that you can spell, say, R-A-D-I-O or D-I-A-R-Y. The better the word you create (longer or using more valuable letters, such as V or Z), the more damage our hero Lex can do. You see, PopCap Games' sequel, BOOKWORM ADVENTURES VOLUME 2, also successfully fuses a word game with a combat mechanic that takes place at the top of the screen. Our hapless hero, a little green bookworm named Lex, faces off against enemies in a turn-based fighting game, and depending on the strength of the word you create will knock red hearts from the enemy until it has been defeated. Lex fights against 130 different monsters, animals, and other fictional foes from famous books in the library.

Is it any good?

Bookworm Adventures Volume 2 ships with three 10-chapter books -- "Fractured Fairytales," "The Monkey King," and "Astounding Planet" -- plus additional books can be downloaded from time to time for a small fee. As with its predecessor, special potions, treasures, and other items give Lex temporary offensive or defensive abilities, plus he can "level up" over time to make him stronger (not unlike a role-playing game). The sequel also adds special wild card rainbow tiles, new treasures to find, and enjoyable literary companions who help you along the way (including Mother Goose and a Cheshire Cat) There are also mini-games and side quests to keep things fresh. If you liked the original, you'll love this sequel! Plus, newcomers who enjoy a challenging word game with a combat twist will also fall for this game's charm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it was a good idea or not for PopCap to charge for bonus story packs. That is, unlike the first game that was a complete collection of books, this sequel ships with only three books and players will have to pay to download new ones in order to get new content. Great idea or greedy?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $19.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: PopCap Games
  • Release date: July 28, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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