• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
New to Pocket Gamer? Start here!
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPad  header logo

Letterpress

For: iPad   Also on: iPhone

Better press

Product: Letterpress | Developer: atebits | Publisher: atebits | Format: iPad | Genre: Puzzle, Strategy | Players: 1 | Networking: wireless (adhoc) | Version: Europe
 
Letterpress iPad, thumbnail 1
Every so often a gorgeous-looking, intelligently made, incredibly addictive multiplayer word game creeps up to test our puzzling prowess and the depth of our vocabulary. After Lexatron's asynchronous take on a Scrabble-Snake mash-up, we're now treated to Letterpress.

This is word-based duelling of a different sort, though: more like chess than Scrabble, with the pieces replaced by letters and their moves replaced by the words in your vocabulary.

Words of power

The game takes place on a five-by-five grid of randomly generated letters, and your goal is to change as many of the letter tiles as you can to your colour. Each player takes it in turns to spell words, and any letters they use swap to their particular hue.

Players can reclaim letters by using them in their next turn, or protect letters by surrounding them with their own colour. A letter that's surrounded takes on a darker shade, and can't be stolen back even if it's used by the other player in a word. Once all the tiles are coloured in, the player whose colour is attached to the most wins.

It sounds simple, but in practice it's a game of tactics and ingenuity, where knowing the longest word isn't always going to be as important as knowing where to put it. You'll push and counter-push, make silly mistakes, and pull off glorious victories from seemingly impossible positions.

It's impressive how much tension a game can produce. You've seen a way to win, but you have to wait, fingers crossed, while an unseen opponent considers his next move. He might not even be looking at his iOS device. He might be making tea.

Ace asynchronous

However long you have to wait, the quiet thrill you experience when he puts his word down and it doesn't interfere with your master plan is immense. This is asynchronous gaming at its finest.

Letterpress is a brilliant little game. While it might not appeal to the guts and guns brigade, if you've ever done a word puzzle, or even just sat near someone doing a crossword, you'll absolutely love it.
 
Letterpress
Reviewer photo
Harry Slater | 27 October 2012
A word game that's as addictive as it is entertaining, Letterpress is a brilliant addition to anyone's app collection
 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
 
POPULAR REVIEWS
LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS