Now we’re looking at a predominantly single-player word effort, namely Spellwood (Word Game Adventure, to use its full title) from Sega.
At its core, Spellwood is another turn-based Scrabble type game, with letters of varying value, double and triple modifiers, and the ability to swap tiles and what have you. That much is familiar.
However, in Spellwood, words are used as weapons, with the resulting score being deducted from your opponent’s health. Words also disappear after X turns, and there are all sorts of modifiers in play.
See, our protagonist is a little animal wizard chap, and he’s tasked with battling through a series of towers in order to, uhm, become a better wizard, I guess.
Along the way, said wizardly protagonist levels up, which primarily means more health with which to do battle.
There’s also an array of equipment in Spellwood, and a selection of items – some of which are one-offs while others can be used ad nauseam.
For example, my little Spellwood dude is currently wearing his Graduation Cap, which reduces damage taken by 1 point per letter, while his wand is The Envowelator, which grants two bonus damage per vowel.
As for items, I have, among other things, a little book that turns vowels into consonants (and vice-versa), health potions, and double letter/word modifiers.
And that, in a nutshell, is Spellwood. But is it any good?
Well, yes. The first time I fired up Spellwood, I had a series of films on “in the background” (classic me phrase), and sat for something stupid like seven hours, battling rival animals and what not.
I don’t have much bad to say about Spellwood. The AI is a little off at points (it’d take aaages to explain), and I’d like to see more emphasis on the adventure side of things.
Also, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but where’s the shop? There’s huge scope for selling little hats and wands and accessories for our wee wizard, be it with in-game currency and/or real cash.
Finally, a bit of a strange observation: I had the Spellwood AI lay down MOIST, GENITALS and EROTIC within the space of five minutes. Similarly, I encountered one opponent who told me: “One’s junk need not always be kept in a trunk”, before opening with ERECT. Uhm…
Yeah, so, terrifying AI aside, Spellwood is pretty brilliant.
- Words are good
- Lots of modifiers and power-ups and stuff
- Plenty of meat in the campaign
- The occasionally silly AI
- The occasionally perverse AI
- Where’s the shop?
Summary: Tired of waiting for your friends to take their turn in multiplayer word games? Blast your way through Spellwood solo. It’s great.
iOS requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: Android 2.2 (FroYo) or above.