Word, Words, Wordy, Wordary: A Review

I have a confession to make: I’m not a big computer game player. (Gamer? Whatever.) There are one or two games I play occasionally on my PC, a couple of exercise-based games I play on the Wii, and I once spent a few weeks addicted to playing Fable on the original X-Box. But for the most part, I would prefer to read a book, go for a walk, or play a board game/roleplaying game than sit and play a computer game.

But there are exceptions to this, and I recently came across one. Now, I’m not a game reviewer and I’m not going to pretend to be, but I do want to tell you about this game. There are two reasons for that: (1) I really like it, and I think you might too, and (2) I’d really like to give you a copy. For free. (No, really.)

Much as its name suggests, Wordary is a word game. Or, as it’s being marketed, “A word game with a spin!”. At its most basic level, it’s a word-creation game along the lines of Bookworm.:You’re given a grid of letters and you create words by linking together adjacent letters. The longer the word, the more points you get. And, of course, different letters have different point values, so QUIZ will get you a lot more points than NOTHING.

The difference is in the board itself. Rather than a rectangular grid of letters, Wordary uses a ‘flower’ design of seven hexagons, linked… wait, how about I just show you a picture?

The cool thing is, not only are the hexagons interlinked, each individual hexagon can also be rotated to realign the letters.

After playing Wordary, I’m not sure whether this feature is an amazing new concept in word games, oran addictive gimmick that  results in me playing the game for far, far too long in one sitting. You choose.

There are four play modes to the game: The standard game, a time challenge (you set a timer before you start), Follow My Lead (you’re given a letter/s you have to use to start each word you find), and Word Finder (you have to manipulate the hexagons and find the hidden word). My favourite is Time Challenge — largely because it lets me track how much time I’ve been playing!

Anyway, here’s a nifty video about the game. It only runs for a minute and a half and pretty much shows you everything you need to know to play Wordary.

Now, I just know you’re sitting there wondering how you get your hands on a copy of Wordary. So, here’s the deal:

Option1: Visit the official Wordary website where you can click through to by the PC, Mac or iPad version. (The full price is roughly $10, but it looks like there’s a few promos going on at the moment.)

Option 2: Go here, here, or here to download a free demo of Wordary — you get one hour’s gameplay before being asked to upgrade to the full version.

Option 3: I am very excited to announce that I have FIVE free copies of Wordary for the Mac to give away! Interested? Just leave me a comment that includes (1) your favourite word, and (2) that you’d like a copy. I’ll close off entries when my next post goes live (Monday 3:00pm AEST) and randomly choose the winners. Tell your friends!

I leave you with this final warning — Wordary is highly addictive and a LOT of fun. Play at your own risk.

Disclosure: I haven’t been paid for this review. Although I was offered a free copy of the game, I wasn’t able to take advantage of the offer because I don’t have access to a Mac. All opinions expressed within are my own and are shared out of the goodness of my heart  because it’s an interesting and engaging game. The giveaway copies have been provided by Wordary at my request.


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8 responses to “Word, Words, Wordy, Wordary: A Review

  1. Jim Franklin

    I tend to play RPG video games, I think I would play board/table top RPG’s as well but I don’t know anyone else who is interested so at least the video game RPG’s do at least start to fill the gap. I once played DnD, only for about 2 hours but I was hooked and have always wanted to play more. Even with the best VG RPG’s there are coded rules, things you can do. I loved the whole ‘you can try and do anything you want’ mentality in tabletop RPG’s when you have a good GM of course.

    Anyway, listen to me (or should that be ‘read me’) rambling on. Figured I might as well try and secure on those free games. My favorite word? ‘Cheesecake’ I think. Not only for what it represents (Homer style drool incoming) but also the double ‘ee’ followed by the ‘kay’ sound makes you physically smile twice. it’s a happy word.

    • Cheesecake… Mmmm….

      I think one of the reasons I’ve never been hooked on computer-based RPGs is because I started out tabletop roleplaying when I was a teenager and the computer game versions always feel so incredibly restrictive. I generally last about 15 minutes before I’m arguing with the game that I don’t want any of the options offered, I’d rather do <>, thank you very much.

      Congrats on winning a copy of Wordary!

  2. Must. Not. Click. Must. Not. Click.
    I already know by looking at your screenshots that if I started playing, I would not stop until the year 2015, and there are other things I need to do, like work and eat and something else I can’t remember. Sounds fun though.

  3. I keep seeing this post in your Facebook and have finally decided to comment. 🙂

    I have difficulty picking out favorites of anything (must be an OCD symptom), but from day to day, I do have some preference. Today, my favorite word seems to be “quandary,” not because of its meaning but because of the aesthetics of both its sound and the way it looks. (Yes, I am not entirely normal.)

    I would love a copy of the game. Thank you for this offer!

    • Quandry is an awesome word. I use it on a regular basis, actually. I know that’s true, because my five year old will say to me, “I’m in a quandry. I don’t know if I should colour in or build a tower.”

      Congrats on winning a copy of Wordary!

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