Word Search by POWGI (Wii U)

7.5 Overall Score
Puzzle Variety: 8/10
Puzzle Count: 9/10
Presentation: 5/10

Shear amount of puzzles | Puzzle Variety/ Multiplayer

No option to change orange highlight in single player

Game Info

GAME NAME: Word Search by POWGI

DEVELOPER(S): Lightwood Games

PUBLISHER(S): Lightwood Games

PLATFORM(S): Nintendo Wii U

GENRE(S): Puzzle

RELEASE DATE(S): April 16th, 2015

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first started up Word Search. Was it going lack polish and content? Maybe try to change up the simple fun and relaxing nature of classic word searches? Thankfully the answer is neither. Word Search is simple, fun and packed with content.

When you first boot up Word Search you are presented with two options: Quick Play which throws you directly into a randomly selected puzzle, or All Puzzles, which gives you the choice of the over 300 puzzles Word Search has to offer. Each of the 300+ puzzles are separated into themed categories ranging from the Animal Kingdom to the Human Body, Halloween to Rhyme Time. Each consisting of 12 puzzles themed after their larger category. The whole package is presented with a simple, easy to use interface and a black and white color scheme, helping to give the game a classic word search paperback look and feel.

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None of this would mean a thing if Word Search had control issues or the puzzles weren’t any good. Again, thankfully, Word Search gets it right. Using the GamePad’s screen as the primary control, all you need to do when you find one of the answers to the puzzle, which are presented on the right side of the screen, is to touch the first letter and drag the stylus to the final letter and release. This highlights your answer, which not only helps you keep track of the ones you find, but which I found allowed me to also play on the TV and not solely focus my experience on the GamePad.

Another unexpected addition is multiplayer support for up to 5 people. The same general gameplay rules apply, but anybody wanting to join in can do so by simply connecting a Wii remote and using the on screen pointer to select the words they find. This helps create some friendly or not so friendly competition because the game keeps track of how many answers each player has discovered and assigns each a different color.

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Now on to the puzzles themselves. Not only are there a ton to choose from, but each puzzle is unique and strikes a good balance of difficulty with its word patterns. For those who may be unfamiliar with word search puzzles, the idea is to find the answers given to you in a block of what appears to be random letters at first glance. The answers are usually in line with the theme of each puzzle and are typically revealed in four different ways: from left to right horizontally or diagonally, or from right to left horizontally or diagonally. They key is to make sure that the puzzle does not have too many of each solution and that the solutions do not cross through each other too often. If any of these happen, it puts clutter on the puzzle board and makes finding the solutions extremely difficult. Gladly, I never had this problem rear its ugly head in Word Search, as each puzzle balanced each of the solutions very well and did not use repeated patterns very frequently.

On the sound side of things, Word Search is serviceable and that’s OK. The music is there and doesn’t get in the way even with its tropical, jungle-like beat, though you won’t necessarily be bobbing your head to it either. Other than that it’s just your typical menu select sounds and that is perfectly fine with me.

The Recommendation

Word Search by POWGI knows exactly what it is and make no bones about it. It is a digital version of the classic word search puzzle books you can buy in stores or even find in the local newspaper (if those even still exist these days) and a very good one at that. With the sheer amount and variety of puzzles and an unexpected multiplayer, anybody looking for a fun, relaxing time while stretching their brain muscles, alone or with friends, should definitely give Word Search a try.

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Author: Ryan Shiflett View all posts by
Life-long Nintendo fan who loves videogames from all genres, generations, and devs. Play games not Consoles.