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The 25 best word games for Android

Word up
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated April 17, 2018: New entries added

Word games aren't merely a subset of the puzzler genre. Well, they are that. But they're also so much more.

Manipulating letters and words draws on a different skillset to the usual spatial and logical conundrums we're used to facing.

With that in mind, we thought it appropriate to make a stand-alone list of a the best word games on Android.

#1 Blackbar

Product: BlackbarFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Neven MrganPublisher: Neven MrganGenres: Adventure, Word game

Blackbar's cleverly told tale of censorship has arguably never been more relevant. It's essentially a moving story told through the correspondence between two people living in an oppressive state, but with a simple word-identification game cleverly woven in.

#2 SpellTower

Product: SpellTowerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Zach GagePublisher: Zach GageGenres: Card/board game, Casual, Word game

SpellTower is a classic of the word game genre, thanks to its crisp presentation and sharp block-busting gameplay. It may have been around a while, but it hasn't aged a bit.

#3 Letterpress

Product: LetterpressFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: atebitsPublisher: atebitsGenres: Puzzle, Strategy

If you think of word games as dry, solitary pursuits, you've clearly never met Letterpress. This is a fine multiplayer game of verbal chess.

#4 Wooords

Product: WooordsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Stray Robot GamesPublisher: Stray Robot GamesGenres: Puzzle

You're provided with nine letters from which to construct as many words as possible, with a minimum length of four letters. That's half the appeal of Wooords. The other is its brilliant fridge magnetic aesthetic.

#5 Spellspire

Product: SpellspireFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: 10tonsGenres: Action, RPG, Word game

Who says word games have to be dry puzzlers? Spellspire is an action RPG, but one where your attacks are powered by your vocabulary.

#6 TypeShift

Product: TypeShiftFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Zach GageGenres: Puzzle, Word game

The maker of SpellTower also produced this fine word game. TypeShift is a concise and stylish blend of anagrams, word searches, and crosswords.

#7 Words With Friends

Product: Words With FriendsFormats: Android, Facebook and social, iPhoneDeveloper: Zynga With FriendsPublisher: ZyngaGenres: Card/board game, Casual, Multiplayer

Words With Friends
Perhaps the most famous game on this list, Words With Friends is the perennially inclusive online Scrabble-like that every person and their Mum seems to have played.

#8 Alphabetty Saga

Product: Alphabetty SagaFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: KingGenres: Word game

Alphabetty Saga
What would the casual game masters behind Candy Crush Saga do with the humble word game? Make AlphaBetty Saga is what. The game takes Scrabble and applies King's familiar bite-sized objectives structure.

#9 Alphabear

Product: AlphabearFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Spry Fox

Spry Fox makes beautiful, clever games that seem to go way beyond their simple puzzler mechanics. Alphabear does the same thing with the word game, asking you to help a bunch of adorable bears grow by forming words.

#10 Four Letters

Product: Four LettersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: PikPok

Four Letters
Imagine a word scramble game where you're limited to forming four letter words. It might sound restrictive, but Four Letters builds a compellingly accessible score chaser out of the premise.

#11 Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast

Product: Oh...Sir! The Hollywood RoastFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: GambitiousGenres: Puzzle, Word game

Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast
Not a word puzzler, as such, but a game that's interested in the power of words to wound. The idea here is to build elaborate insult combos to take down your smack-talking rival.

#12 Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey

Product: Letter Quest: Grimm's JourneyFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: RPG, Word game

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey
Imagine if you took a regular world jumble game and used it as the battle system in a casual RPG. That's the fun premise of Letter Quest, and it works very well indeed.

#13 Highrise Heroes

Product: Highrise HeroesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle, Word game

Highrise Heroes
Here's an inventive word game from the makers of Quell. Highrise Heroes (aka Highrise Word Heroes) smartly combines word forming with strategic block busting, all underpinned by an intriguing disaster narrative.

#14 Ruzzle

Product: RuzzleFormats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: MAG InteractivePublisher: MAG InteractiveGenres: Casual, Multiplayer, Puzzle

If you've ever played the boardgame Boggle, then you'll be perfectly au fait with Ruzzle's light and snappy competitive word jumbles.

#15 Hanging With Friends

Product: Hanging With FriendsFormats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: Zynga With FriendsPublisher: ZyngaGenres: Casual, Multiplayer

Hanging With Friends
Another fun word game from Zynga, Hanging With Friends and its quick-fire multiplayer rounds of hangman are inherently more snappy than the epic Scrabble battles of Words With Friends.

#16 Alpha Omega

Product: Alpha OmegaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: BorderLeapGenres: Puzzle, Word game

Alpha Omega
It might not be the first and last word in word games, but Alpha Omega provides a relaxing game of word unscrambling nontheless.


Product: SCRABBLEFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Electronic Arts

Did we say Words With Friends was the most recognisable game on this list? That was silly of us. Scrabble is clearly the king of word games, and the inspiration for many of the other games on this list.

#18 Bonza Word Puzzle

Product: Bonza Word PuzzleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MiniMegaGenres: Puzzle, Word game

Bonza Word Puzzle
Bonza Word Puzzle turns the crossword on its head by tasking you with building the crossword itself from various jumbled up clumps of letters.

#19 Wordament

Product: WordamentFormats: iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8Publisher: Microsoft StudiosGenres: Puzzle

Microsoft's approachable word game riffs off the classic word search formula, but with the added incentive of Xbox Live integration.

#20 Syllablade

Product: SyllabladeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Naquatic

Syllablade is similar to Letter Quest in the way it combines word jumbles with RPG battling. It isn't quite as involved, but it's arguably more streamlined for mobile.

#21 Heads Up!

Product: Heads Up!Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Warner Bros. GamesGenres: Puzzle, Word game

Heads Up!
Proving that word games can be both raucous and fun with alcohol, Heads Up has you holding your phone up to your head and guessing the name of the listed famous person from clues provided by your friends.

#22 WordBrain 2

Product: WordBrain 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: MAG InteractiveGenres: Word game

WordBrain 2
Find hidden words in a jumble of letters, swipe to pick them out, and watch as the grid falls into place like a match-three puzzler.

#23 The New York Times Crossword

Product: The New York Times CrosswordFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Word game

The New York Times Crossword
One of the most prestigious old school crossword puzzles in the world gets its own app. The New York Times Crossword has the kind of classy presentation you'd expect, and the ability to subscribe for an endless supply of puzzles.

#24 Snap Attack

Product: Snap AttackFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhonePublisher: Microsoft StudiosGenres: Word game

Snap Attack
Snap Attack is another fun online word game from Microsoft. Unlike Wordament, this is more a case of a real time, fast-paced game of Scrabble.

#25 Sidewords

Product: SidewordsFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Milkbag GamesGenres: Word game

Sidewords is a rare original word puzzler that really challenges your logical as well as linguistic skills. It plays out like a combination of a crossword and a sudoku puzzle.


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Jon Mundy 17 April 2018
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