Saturday, November 10, 2007

XBLA review: Word Puzzle (2/10)

Don't bother.

Okay, you probably want more detail. Word Puzzle is basically a word search game: you have a list of words to find in a grid. You find them, you move to the next grid and search for more words.

Yep, that's it.

For a "challenge", occasionally things will come on-screen and partially or totally block your view of parts of the board. what fun. Harder grids are too big to see all at once, so the camera moves with your cursor. There are even grids on the sides of a cube.

The controls, as you might expect, are not ideal. Word searches are point-and-click games, and those are designed for mice, not joysticks. This is especially a problem on the "bonus stages" in the survival game, where you have a limited time to "find" all the words (it's not too hard to find because the beginning of each word is lit), but you can't really make a mistake or you won't complete the stage, and with the janky controls, you'll make mistakes.

Not at all worth it. This was a big letdown. XBLA needs more thinking games, but this doesn't count. It does get two points for effort.

zlionsfan's rating: 2 out of 10. It doesn't even deserve a metaphor

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