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Battle for supremacy against the forces of evil in the fantasy world of Lexica. Master words, spells, equipment, and combat in this unique RPG/word-game hybrid.

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  • Players: 1 - 2
  • HDTV 720p

Countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Languages: English

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War of Words 2010-03-28 01:11:19 DigitalQuarters
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8.0
DigitalQuarters Reviewed by DigitalQuarters    March 27, 2010
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Great take on the Puzzle RPG genre, just needs pol

Once upon a time I, like many other gamers out there, became horribly addicted to Puzzle Quest and its part-Bejeweled part-RPG formula. Something about taking the boring menu-driven battles of most RPGs and replacing them with a turn-based match-three puzzler made the game, a game with the most cliche plot and paper-thin characters, probably one of the biggest overnight successes in the last decade of gaming. There have been a few attempts since to emulate that formula with varying degrees of deviation and success. The latest attempt is War of Words, a game ditching turn-based puzzle gaming for real-time word finding, from XBLIG developer ScrumThorax.

The story of War of Words, a game best described as an RPG blended with a fast-paced word search, is that you're out to find your kidnapped mother and sister. Along the way you'll do battle with goblins, dragons, guards, and evil sorcerers or WordSmyths (things are always more mysterious when you replace 'i' with 'y'). Battle consists of trying to make words out of the rising tiles on your side of the screen while your opponent does the same. Longer or more complex the word, much like in Scrabble, the more points the word is worth and the more it'll fill a meter. Fill the meter, you do damage. Keep doing this until your opponent keels over or until they do the same to you. To assist you in this you have a selection of spells (up to six) and can buy items to replenish your health and magic in the heat of battle. Win and you'll gain experience and gold to help make you stronger and, eventually, you'll face the final boss (there's gotta be one). Pretty basic RPG formula and, believe me, it's as basic and cliche as they come.

The presentation hits well where it needs to with the combat, otherwise it's mediocre at best and laughable otherwise. Your enemy avatars are pretty generic looking, one of your spells summons a "stone" that looks like a giant black blob drawn in MS Paint, the overworld map looks like a treasure map doodled overnight, the story text could be entirely skipped with little to no consequence, and I swear the main menu/overworld map music has an MP3 skip in it. However, since you'll spend 85% of your time in combat, the only valid complaint I can have is that, when tiles become affected by a spell, they become really difficult to read. Everything else seems pretty well planned. Text is large enough to keep from becoming an eye strain during battle, which is good because, like I said, it's where you'll be most of the time. In the end, the presentation gets by and, appropriately, plays second fiddle to the gameplay.

The main draw of the game, the word-based combat, is as addictive as it is an original and fresh idea within the genre. Over the course of ten hours or so of play I rarely had an issue with any of the game's decisions regarding word legalities, and the few I had felt like nitpicking more than anything. With 170,000 words there are bound to be some issues one way or the other. The control itself is done well, with your left stick moving your cursor, 'A' selecting a letter, 'B' deselecting the last letter picked, and 'X' entering the word. Your right stick and 'Y' are used for spell selection and casting. Right Trigger raises your tiles up faster to give you more letters to pick from and Right Bumper deselects your entire word. Really, the only thing that could make this better would be a touch screen and a stylus.

Once you get used to what button does what it's all down to your ability to pick words out of the alphabet soup in front of you. In the heat of the moment you'll probably be picking out "cat" and "porn" before you start hitting the harder words. The game actually starts out with the common letters and, eventually, works its way up to the fun stuff during later battles. I actually wish it didn't do this just because those later battles get pretty difficult, due to the letter pool and due to your opponents becoming insanely strong. You're allowed to use items during battle to replenish your health and, if it wasn't for this, you'd die each time after the first hour of play. I had times toward the end where I used five or more potions over the course of incredibly long battles and would still end up losing. If you plan on having an easier time with the later enemies, you should look forward to a few hours of grinding and buying potions. An adjustable AI difficulty might have been a good choice for people who don't frequent the local Scrabble circuit.

If you play straight through you'll be looking at 8 hours or so, willing that you don't die much. There really isn't much to do afterward aside from play against others or try for in-game awards. There are treasure chests to find that require you to solve a riddle, some tavern puzzles that require you to hit a certain score with a fixed set of letters, and the usual grind to try and max your character out for fits and giggles, but with no side quests and no online play your journey is a once-through. Really, though, this isn't a bad thing as you're getting a lot of fun and entertainment for your 400 MS Points. This game is an easy recommendation to any fans of Puzzle Quest or word games in general (and will at least be something to keep you busy while waiting for Puzzle Quest 2). With better presentation, online play, more things to do and some customization, would fit in perfectly as a full-priced XBLA game or Nintendo DS game. Here's hoping for a sequel.

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War of Words 2010-03-19 13:12:41 hodsey77
Overall Fun Level 
 
7.0
hodsey77 Reviewed by hodsey77    March 19, 2010
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When I first loaded this up, I thought to myself..."This is gonna be good!"

I'm a huge Puzzle Quest fan, and love word games like Scrabble, so this seemed to be made for me!

There are some excellent aspects to the game, but also a few things that I think could have been done better.

So, as said above, this is like a cross between a few different games - Puzzle Quest, Scrabble, and Super Puzzle Fighter, I would say.

As with Puzzle Quest, the game has an RPG element to it, where you traverse a map, doing quests to get more experience and spells, and better equipment. There are taverns to frequent, and chests to open (both with their own mini-puzzles). The main quests have you fighting an opponent a la Super Puzzle Fighter, but instead of matching gems, you try to make words.

The letters don't have to be next to each other and you are both playing with the same set of letters in your own side of the screen.

I instantly liked playing this, but there are some things that stop me from giving it a higher score:

You are so intent on trying to find the words, that the spell-casting is kinda lost on me. Also, it wasn't apparantly straight away just HOW I was managing to defeat people - sometimes I took energy off them when I made a word, other times I didn't. As you are looking at the letters so intently, the RPG elements of building up attacks tend to get lost whilst playing. I've still never actually looked at how many magic points I have whilst playing...

Travesing the map can be a chore at times... for some reason, sometimes it just does not want to let me go to a certain destination, even though there are clearly quests there as an "!" is displayed. No matter of how many times I'd press the analogue in that direction, it would NOT put the cursor there.... and then it would! Weird!

Also, some parts of the game will involve random encounters where you are asked if you want to fight or flee and the option given to you is OK or Cancel. Err... which one am I saying OK to?!

Just a bit of tidying around the edges and this could be great...for 400 points though, I think it should be a little better.

Only local multiplayer too, which is a real shame.

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War of Words 2010-03-17 00:17:30 luke
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8.0
Reviewed by luke    March 16, 2010

Finally doing it right

Gameplay in War of Words consists of two players having a tetris-like board of which letters will constantly rise. Making words out of the letters fills up a meter. Once it is full you do an attack on your opponent. Long words and words that use rare letters like X Q and Z fill it up faster. You may also use consantly regenerating magic points to cast spells on your enemy, these spells do a range of things, from helping your letters not reaching the top of your board, (which does tons of damage) to rendering enemy letters hazardous for his use, to healing youself.
Sound at least passingly ineresting? Let me continue, the game is set in an RPG (Role Playing Game, for some of yall) world. You level up your character, learn new spells, go on side quests, (though there are no lines of quests other than the main one) and buy weapons. I must also give props for having to solve riddles to open chests (nice idea). In combat, you will surprise yourself at how much fun you'll have while also working that noggin you have. This game will work that brain matter between those ears while you are figuring out you can easily make good words like WAX and YAY.
You owe it to yourself to try out this game for free. It will work that brain matter between your ears and you'll have a blast doing it.

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