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Word Up Dog
Deeper underground
by Matt Wales 26/2/2013
Product: Word Up Dog
Publisher: Sarah Northway
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Word Up Dog is cool in the same way that your dad's drunken dancing is cool. Or David Cameron chilling with One Direction is cool. Sure, it's kind of sweet that it's trying - after all, kids must love that mid-'90s hip hop aesthetic, right? - but, it's still no less mortifying to behold.

Thankfully, there's a pretty solid game behind Word Up Dog's try-hard facade. It's part word-puzzler and part arcade outing, dumping you into a series of underground caverns and asking you to dig through dirt, collect letters, and earn enough bones to make good your escape.

Each of Word Up Dog's seven grid-like, labyrinthine levels consists of open passageways, dirt blocks, and impenetrable stone. Scrabble-like letter tiles and juicy bones are almost always buried within the earth, so you're going to have to get your paws dirty in order to proceed. ...
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A curious blend of arcade action and word puzzling that's surprisingly entertaining, despite its awkwardly misjudged psuedo-hip hop facade
Audio/visual: 6
Gameplay: 7
Value: 7
Innovation: 6
Overall: 7
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