Game: Fifty Words
Genre: Word Puzzle
System: Nintendo Switch (also PS4 and PS Vita)
Developer/Publisher: Lightwood Games
Age Rating: EU 3+|US E
Price: $7.99 / £6.99 / €7,99
Release Date: 5th September 2019
Thanks to Lightwood games for providing us with a review code
Play a level during your coffee break
There are times when you want a game that keeps you on your toes. A time when you can’t wait to loose yourself in another world and fight enemies to your hearts content. To do some multitasking to control everything in the game at hand to allow you to progress.
But then there are also times when you want to play a relaxing game. When it’s addicting to play just one little game, in between your daily chores. To grab a cup of coffee when the kids have just left for school, and do a level before you’re off to work.
If you are in the mood for such a game, then take a look at Fifty Words by POWGI. The company is good at making word oriented games, and we have reviewed a fair amount of them already on here.
Theme oriented letter collections
As it should be, getting to know how to play the game is fairly easy. There are no grids in Fifty Words by POWGI, all the letters are connected in some way whether making words diagonally, vertically or horizontally. Hold A and drag across the letters to reveal the word and create a line of color. The entirety of words makes a kind of random form.
The idea is that you have to find the Fifty Words that are contained within this unorthodox crossword. Each puzzle is named after a word or sentence that describes the words that can be found. This makes for some nice collections: for us, the London Tubestations in Mind the Gap were fun, as we visit the city often.
Every letter is used to make words, none is left out. Words are also spelt backwards, which was surprising to me at first. Kinda fun too, who would recognize lufreehc? Dragging across it revealed cheerful! And what makes it even more cheerful is the way you can choose the colours used to cross out a word.
Want to time yourself? You can!
When you complete a game you are returned to the menu. The game tells you how much time you took to finish it. This is the only reason to go back to the level, if you are seeking to better yourself. There are no leaderboards, locally or online, to compare yourself with. But as far as I’m concerned that’s not what it’s about. All I want in this game is to casually complete every puzzle and see the colours appear.
Fifty Words isn’t very hard to play. In fact, if you start in one corner of the grid and chip away at all the letters, you’ll easily solve it. But there’s something addictive about seeing the coloured lines appear and solving them all. Not to play all night, but just a quick game in between the daily routine.
If you are looking for a hard challenge or a game that takes over your gaming evenings, this isn’t it. But if you are in the mood for some casual puzzles, polishing up your English along the way, then it’s a good buy!
Verdict: I like it!
I’m tempted to buy this one. You’re right, the coloured lines are very appealing to the eyes. 🙂
And it’s oh so relaxing in small doses!