Letterpress is an engaging word game from Loren Brichter that challenges players to use their best strategy to build words against an opponent in this two person game created in a clean, well designed environment. Play against your friends or choose a random contender and employ your best strategy to uncover the most words from a selection of tiles.
The rules are a bit complex but the game is challenging and fun and once you are familiar with the guidelines, you’ll be able to whiz through quite nicely and you may become quite addicted.
The game begins with a grid of 25 tiles which you can mix and match to form a word. You can select them from anywhere on the grid and once your turn is complete, the tiles become blue. Your opponent will then take their turn and once they have created their own word, their tiles will turn pink. You can only use a word once, and you can’t jump onto a variation of a word that was already played. So if you or your opponent played the word “trial”, any extended version of it such as “trials” will be rejected.
All of the tiles are available each time you take a turn, even the ones that have already been used so technically, there could be hundreds of words that might be possible in any one game. The colors of the tiles will go from one color to another and then back again as you each form new words. A tile color becomes permanent if it is completely boxed in by the surrounding tiles in the same color. At the end of the game, the player with the most tiles in their own color will win. So strategically, blocking in your tiles will help you to win the game as well as trying to unblock the tiles of your opponent. The game is over when all of the tiles are used or both players have had to skip a turn.
The game is accompanied by good sound effects – pleasant and innocuous – and the visuals are helpful as well indicating the word played by you or your opponent and more. Downsides are that there is no chat option which may not be appealing to everyone. Also, there is no list of words that have already been played so unless you recall all the words, you may end up playing words that get rejected because they extend against the root of something that has already been played. You can tap the screen to look up past words one at a time but that is just as annoying.
The game itself is free but you’ll have to invest a dollar to play more than two games at once and as well that will unlock your ability to see past words played. You’ll probably want to invest that extra buck.
On the whole, the little downsides are nothing in comparison to the fun you will have with this game. If you like Word with Friends or Boggle or Scrabble, you’ll be a huge fan of this and if you’ve paid the buck and have multiple games going on at once, you’ll find yourself quite hooked to Letterpress.