Word Logic by POWGI Review
Back during E3, I played a demo of Word Logic by POWGI. I thought that the game was very hard, but also very interesting. And now the game is coming to the Wii U and 3DS on Thursday. Lightwood Games provided me a copy of both versions and here are my final thoughts on the game!
Word Logic by POWGI is the newest installment in the POWGI series from Lightwood Games. Just like the last game, Word Logic presents some new games for word fans to take on. There is quite a bit of content in the game as always. In my opinion, the very best games this time around are Gaps and Ladders. Both of them get harder as you go, but stay interesting and fun. I do think that Gaps reused some words a little too often, but that doesn’t ruin the experience. Meanwhile, I found that Kriss Kross is a neat game but a little too easy. Then there are the games Wordsweeper, Crypto, and Word Sudoku, which are less than perfect.
It is good to have challenging games, but the rules of Wordsweeper, Crypto and Word Sudoku are not spelled out very well. Tutorials were needed to explain these games (especially Wordsweeper and Word Sudoku) but they are not present. The developer has done a video online to explain Wordsweeper and plans to do videos to explain the other games too. That’s a nice gesture but the explanations for the games should be in the actual games. However, don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying that these are bad games. I’m saying that these games are meant for expert word players. Those fans may understand the games with no explanation. Other fans, will just want to leave those games alone and that seems like a bad thing because they are large potion of the game. The game’s controls, however are not a major issue at all.
Word Logic on the Wii U has very easy and wonderful touch screen controls. The game also has off-tv play so that you can hunt down those words by yourself if you want. As for the 3DS version, its not too different from the Wii U take. The touch screen controls work really well too. The game does offer a layout that crosses both screens and that works fine. The only thing that doesn’t work great on the 3DS is the handwriting option for some puzzles. The game does not recognize handwriting very well. Thankfully, you can use a “keyboard” to solve the puzzles. That’s highly recommended.
As for the game overall, I think it’s a well put together game, but its not as good as previous POWGI games. What is presented with this game is a very mixed bag. That said, if you love the previous POWGI games, you’ll want to pick this one up too. Gaps and Ladders shouldn’t be missed! And the amount of content in Word Logic will keep you playing for many hours, especially if you are an expert fan. The game also has a very good interface, though I wish I could say the same about the game’s soundtrack.
Word Logic by POWGI’s interface is very good on the Wii U. It is pretty similar to what we’ve seen in previous Lightwood games and that’s ok. On the 3DS, the interface is a bit different but still pretty functional. I prefer the Wii U’s versions look but there is nothing wrong with the 3DS one.
As far as the game’s music goes, I think its time for a change. Word Logic has the same exact music that the previous POWGI games have had. The music starts off pleasant, but quickly becomes annoying. I found myself having to turn the music down a lot. The game’s sound effects are alright but it might be time for a change there too. Word Logic by POWGI, overall, is a good game but it could have been even better.
Word Logic by POWGI is a good game, however its not as good as previous Lightwood efforts. Gaps and Ladders can be addictive, but Kriss Kross is too easy and the other games are too hard. Word Logic is a very mixed bag that could have been better if its puzzles were better explained and its music wasn’t so annoying. The game does have good controls though and nice interfaces. Word game fans will love Word Logic by POWGI. Both the 3DS and Wii U versions are good (though the Wii U has the better interface) and the best part is that if you own both systems, you’ll get both versions via cross-buy!
Word Logic may not be the best of the POWGI games, but it is still a good game with plenty of puzzles for word game fans to enjoy. If word games are you’re thing, then Word Logic is a must download.
Thank you to Lightwood Games for providing copies of Word Logic by POWGI for the 3DS and Wii U. The game will be available tomorrow on the Wii U and 3DS eshops.
- Good controls
- Nice interfaces
- Off-TV and Cross Buy
- Word Game fans will love it
- No tutorials for hard puzzles
- Annoying Music
- Game Quality Is Mixed