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About The Game
Word Search by POWGI includes more than 300 puzzles to keep you – and your friends – puzzling for hours!
Up to five can play! Use the Wii U GamePad touch screen, and add Wii Remotes to solve the puzzle together as a team, or compete for the best score.
Or just sit back and relax, as you follow your progress through 27 different categories at your own pace – no television required!
Play with the whole family, and use the game as a fun way to practise spelling and vocabulary.
POWGI's word-search puzzles are hand-crafted for your enjoyment, and are stuffed to the brim with words in every direction!
The large majority of people who buy consoles don't do so specifically to complete word searches.
However it's reasonably fair to assume that most people that buy consoles do still have other past times / interests when not playing on them.
If some of those past times include word search puzzles then some fun could certainly be had here.
For those that don't you might want to spend a little more time searching the site for something better suited to you.
For those still unsure even at the end of this review a demo is available on the eShop.
The game features a total of 324 word search puzzles split across 27 general category each with 12 puzzles inside.
The Wii U version also offers the option of up to 5 player play with one on the game pad and 4 on the tv with Wii Motes.
Right from the start you can either pick quick play and jump straight into a puzzle with up to 5 players or all puzzles where you choose the puzzle you want to play but it can still be played by up to 5 players so the only real purpose for quick play is if you don't want to take those few seconds to actually choose a level.
Multi player aside the game is exactly the same as you'd get in any word search puzzle book.
A missed opportunity is the lack of additional options or added extras in the game.
Something as simple as a timer to see how fast you complete levels while it could obviously be abused once a player knows where all the words are but it would have still been a feature genuine players would have likely appreciated.
As would the inclusion of a few other puzzle variations even if such inclusions were limited in number.
Finally the last minor issue with the game is the price given the number of games available on the eShop every new game particularly from new developers needs to be as competitive as possible and I just feel this one is just slightly higher than a majority will be willing to pay but I suspect it will will sell a few and do okay in a few eShop sales in future.
Focusing on what the game does deliver word search fans intent on completing all 324 puzzles will get many hours of content.
Prior to this review I'd completed exactly a quarter of the puzzles (81) and that gave me a game play total of over 11 hours.
You can discount at least an hour or two of that as I replayed a few levels with the kids and had some multi player who can find the most words battles with Gema.
But even discounting some of those it's likely to give me a 40+ hours game play time to finish all the puzzles
And I suspect even players who partake in more word searches than I do these days will all still be looking at over 30 hours.
The searching function works perfectly either with the stylus on the game pad or the Wii mote pointing at the tv.
While the game would benefit from a few extra puzzle variations purely viewed as a digital word search collection it's fairly hard to argue that it does a great deal wrong.
Of course a word search collection isn't for everyone but then neither is any other game or genre.
With a demo for those unsure and the promise of multiple hours of searching for those that do like such past times it's only perhaps a puzzle timer away from an extra couple of points on the score.
A review copy of the game was provided by Lightwood Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.
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