Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the scale, Word Soup is not only my least favourite game of the year, it’s probably one of the worst games I’ve had the misfortune of playing, like, ever.
In Word Soup, you’re faced with an oversized grid hosting 100+ letters of various colours (depending on value).
With said letters, you’re tasked with making words using adjacent tiles – including diagonals.
And that’s Word Soup. Seriously, that’s all there is to it in terms of mechanics. Delving a little deeper, when you make words, the letters disappear and the remaining tiles fall down, and you can slide rows with gaps, but that’s your lot. No power-ups or nothin’.
There are, to be fair, three game modes, but don’t expect anything even remotely exciting from Word Soup; certainly nothing that changes those bland mechanics.
The final mode, Brain Game, encourages longer words in order to keep the playing area full, so your reward for playing effectively is that you can never (slight exaggeration) leave the game. Torturous.
As you might’ve inferred, there’s no multiplayer mode. You’re strictly suffering solo in Word Soup.
Problems with Word Soup; where to begin? It looks terrible; I hate the font on the letters, the backgrounds, the menus…
The letters are also generated randomly at the start of the game. The Word Soup developers boast that - resultantly - “no two games should be the same”, but ultimately it just means there aren’t (m)any big words. Seriously, find something with six letters and you’re doing well.
Right, I’m done writing about Word Soup. Before I go, let me point you in the direction of the App Store listing, where it’s received no less than seven 5-star ratings. Exceptional.
- Looks terrible
- Dull, dull, dull
- It’s £1.49!
Summary: Word Soup is easily contender for worst word game on the App Store. Avoid.
Developer: Fuzzy Bug
Price: £1.49 @ App Store
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 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.