Word Soup iOS review

Word Soup iOS reviewDespite my slightly insane rant yesterday, Sonic Dash stands out as one of my favourite games of the year (even if I can’t control Knuckles *sob*).

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.

Word Soup iOS reviewFor starters, there’s Relaxed Game, where the aim is simply to make words till there aren’t any letters (or words) left, while Timed Game does exactly what it suggests on the tin.

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.

Pros

  • Nope

Cons

  • 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.

Word Soup iOS review

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5 comments

WordSoupAddict  Mar. 21, 2013 at 18:09

I totally disagree with the comments about Word Soup being rubbish... I can only think that the person that wrote this review is not into word games.. if you are not.. go and play something else. Word Soup is an excellent game, well developed and addictive.

JohnSkidmore  Mar. 21, 2013 at 20:22

As a long time reader of this site I have never really felt compelled to create an account or leave a comment, as i usually find the reviews here pretty spot on..
HOWEVER I must say that your Review of this game Word Soup is way off the mark!

My wife and I and have been playing this none stop for a few days now since she got it on her Blackberry, and I picked this up as soon as it hit itunes as it's just soo good!

Yet your review is just overly negative, with no pros..Worst game you've played...Really??
You seem to not like the game because you find it difficult? I mean 6 letter words are average ones and rather common on the board to find..Sorry to hear your struggling so much.

Im sorry there is no "win" button or IAP that you can buy to make yourself better, but just because your rubbish at a game doesn't make the game rubbish.


Infact quite the opposite (as the 5 star reviews you mention prove - Didn't they make you think twice about your score?) as this is a very good Word Game.

Sure maybe the hint button could be used again (at the cost of points etc) but at the end of the day when you get better you dont really use it until the very end when theres just a load of Qs left.

As for the hate on the visuals and font (wow picky) what did you expect? Its a word game with pretty visuals that suit the style of game. If you were expecting explosions and fancy graphical effects, I think your playing the wrong game. Look at spelltower and countless other word games, they are far more basic looking than this.

I'm sorry to be so negative as I know it's just your views and your experience with the game which your entitled too. However I just feel like this is a bad review (which I think you should take a second look at) and I wouldn't want other users missing out on this great word game.
Oh and heres some longer words for you, try finding these when you play again ;)

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See its simple! Off too play it some more as the wife has just reached level 13 on Brain Game..Must beat her...In the game obviously!

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 21:08

Not one to defend Lewis especially, but he has rated other word games highly in the past so it's definitely not the case that it's not his type of game.

Remember to write a review on the app store so the devs can set about you there too Lewis

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 09:55

Remember to write a review on the app store so the devs can set about you there too Lewis

Haha! I've no idea what you mean :p However, we're up to eight 5-star reviews on the App Store now. Very tempted to throw in my two cents to bring some balance to proceedings...

Anyway! Without going into too much detail, a review is merely one person's opinion. When Deadly Premonition was released on the Xbox, some reviewers hailed it as the the best game of all time, while other publications refused to touch it on account of it being so terrible. There is no right and wrong.

Word Soup is, in my opinion, incredibly bland, utterly random, and emphatically fails to justify the £1.49 entry fee. Here are five word games I did like.

Oh, and looking at the Word Soup Game Center leaderboards, I'm currently number 15 of 170 players, and only six people have managed to hit double figures.

Now let us never speak of Word Soup again.

ryangiggs  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:24

No, actually, lets speak of it again! I know reviews are subjective and you're entitled to your opinion, but this is a long way out of line of every other review of this. I bought it for my Playbook after reading a review on a BlackBerry forum a few weeks back and 100% agree that it really is excellent. Ive enjoyed things like Words with friends and spelltower, but I've probably spent more time with Word Soup than any of them.

You can't find any six letter words huh? Should have spent more time at school fella! 8)

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