Looking for a highly addictive word game with a steampunk design sense? If you’re shaking your head at the realization that such a mash-up exists, then you’ve never crossed paths with W.E.L.D.E.R. It’s a more teched-up version of the old game where you slide plastic letter tiles around a frame to form words.
W.E.L.D.E.R. (which stands for Word Examination Laboratory for Dynamic Extraction and Reassessment) puts you in the position of swapping letter tiles to make words and earn points. There are a limited number of swaps (tracked on a gauge), but there’s the opportunity to earn more as your score increases. And there are numerous complications, such as tiles that are too hot to touch, and ones that are broken and won’t move without the use of a wrench (which costs you gigawatts – the main currency of the game). Yes, there are an unusual number of rules for a word game, but it starts out simply and as new wrinkles are added they are well explained. If things get too tricky, there’s always the Apocalypse Swap to bail you out. (Admit it, you want to push the red button, don’t you?)
As noted before, this can be a very addictive game which makes time vanish – that could be good or bad, depending on your circumstances. Frankly, I’m really looking forward to trying it out on my next long flight.
W.E.L.D.E.R. is available for iOS devices and will currently run you 99 cents US. Well worth it if you enjoy a creative mix of words and game design.