As a writer, it should come as no surprise that word puzzles are my very favorite type of game! Back in the dark ages prior to computers, I used to do crossword books; as time moved on, I began playing word games built for PC and, eventually, mobile devices. As fun as shoot-em-up games may be, I find puzzles to be the most relaxing type of game to play, and word quizzes are satisfying to me since writing is my first love!
So when I was introduced to Letroca earlier this week, I thought it sounded like a game that was right up my alley. This totally free app for iOS and Android devices is a word-hunt puzzle game that presents you with a series of letters and a blank playing board. The letters can be re-arranged to create a plethora of words, and your job is to unscramble as many of these as possible. To play, you tap each letter with your finger to place it on the board to form a word, then click “Send” to see if it matches the word bank. If so, that word will be illuminated on the board and you’ll move on to the next one. Depending on which mode of play you select, your goal will either be finding the largest possible word (Classic mode) or at least half of the possible word combinations (Half mode). You have two and a half minutes in each of these modes to solve the puzzle; or you can select “Zen” mode to get unlimited time to leisurely find words. This mode is my favorite!
Letroca is an addictive little game that is a little like Scrabble meets Wheel of Fortune. What makes it stand out among other word puzzles I’ve played is the short, manageable rounds that are easy to play in quick bursts of time. The gameplay is fun and challenging, and I love that the app is totally free – there are some ads within the app, as you’d expect, but they are unobtrusive. Another neat feature is that you can also play Letroca in both Spanish and Portuguese in addition to English!
I envision Letroca being a fun way of filling time the next time I’m on a flight with no Wi-Fi! If you love word games even half as much as I do, you must check this app out.
Letroca is available for iPhone and iPad on the iTunes store – click here to download it for iOS; if you have an Android device, you can download the app on the Google Play Store by clicking here. You can also check out the gameplay online at Letroca-Game.com and get more information on their Facebook page.