Wuggle Review

I never thought I would ever again see another original take on word games for the iDevices. Almost every word game on the App Store is just a rehash of the same anagram formula. Even though Wuggle has its flaws, it does manage to bring something new to the genre.

wuggle1In Wuggle, like most word games, the goal is to form longer words of rarer letters to rack up points. Each letter is assigned a point value, and when you form a word, these values are added together to give you a word score.

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There are also combo chains with multipliers for forming consecutive words of four letters or more. Unlike in other word games, at the start of each game, the tiles are floating around in a small space. You form words by dragging tiles together, and this adds the dimension of space management.

When you form words, those tiles disappear and are replaced by new tiles. You are also given a certain amount of “bombs” that you can use to swap out a tile of your choosing. There are two modes of play in Wuggle, survival, which has easy, medium, and hard difficulties, and Tile GP, which has games with 50, 100, or 250 tiles.

Tile GP plays out more traditionally, as you are given either 50, 100, or 250 tiles and your challenge is to rack up the best score with your limited arsenal of tiles. This means that the game is basically based on making the best words from your tiles, meaning Wuggle’s main twist, the floating tiles, doesn’t really play a factor.

The survival mode, however, is where the game really shines. You are given a certain amount of time to get the best score possible, and forming longer words adds to your time. With the floating tiles, I found myself flinging tiles with several fingers at a time in order to form as many words possible. Disappointingly, however, there are no online, leader boards, with only a local iteration.

The controls, unfortunately, are where the game needs work. Arranging tiles by dragging works well enough, multi-touch is utilized well, and the “bomb” mechanic-double tapping the letter you want to replace then tapping a bomb icon-is easy to use, but submitting words is problematic.

To submit words, when you have your tiles together, you swipe your finger over all of them. While this sounds like it would work fine, there are two major problems with it. First, when part of your word is also a word, the shorter word frequentlygets submitted by accident if you aren’t fast enough with your swipe. The second problem is that when you swipe the word, all of the tiles get knocked around, frequently crashing into other tiles before the word can be submitted, thus forming invalid words.

The graphics in the game are nice, but not spectacular. Obviously with word games graphics are secondary, but the bright backgrounds coupled with the peppy background music add to the upbeat and lighthearted feel of the game. The tiles are also illustrated pretty well, and the sound effects with the tiles clacking together and the sparkling sound that plays upon words being submitted are nice.

Overall, if you are a fan of word games, check out Wuggle, as it brings something new to the genre. However, if you have never been very interested in word games, Wuggle is probably not going to make you a believer, as it is still anagram based. With the word submission process, the game is occasionally frustrating, but it is overall a fun addition to the genre.

The Good
Brings something new to the word games genre
Fun and hectic survivor mode
Bright and upbeat music and graphics

The Bad
Word submission needs work
No online leader boards
Dull Tile GP mode


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  • kdhomick

    Seems like a fun word game.

  • themendoz

    thanks for the review, it was very good. I personally love word games, and you had me at, “flinging tiles using several fingers.” I think a good idea for the word submission would be double tapping the first letter so that the game knows you are about to submit. This game reminds me a lot of Word Fu, but I think I might like the mechanic in this one better.

  • MichaelMurtagh

    Looks Fun, The UI Looks Nice.

  • cathy

    I love word games more than all of you so ha. This sounds pretty fun but word games needs leader boards!

  • JCman7

    Same here I love word games, big fan of Scramboni. Wuggle is such a cool name!! Looks like a ton of fun too

  • wubb

    I love word games. Scramboni is the best free one I’ve played and Word Play! is the best pay one I’ve checked out. (WP was free at launch.)

    So this has no multiplayer? That’s a big part of the fun with most word games. But the mechanics of this one sound like it would be fun for a while. Needs MP to really keep me playing, though.

  • coldfusion

    i am a fan of word games, but i feel like i dont need any more. While this sounds different, a word game is still a word game. Variations on the genre can be fun but i already have alot.