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Sponsored Game Review: Triwordz

May 15, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Triwordz is a kind of word puzzler for Android that acts similarly to Scrabble, but requires a little more thought than simply forming a word with your 7 tiles. Triwordz is a little more difficult and features different scoring methods in order to deliver a different experience for those keen on games like Scrabble that are looking for a change of pace. This is definitely a change of pace and for a lot of players could be quite tricky, indeed. Read on to see how I liked it and how good a game Triwordz is.

How it Works: Before you can even think about strategies or even how to play the game, you’ll need to download Triwordz from the Play Store. From there, you’ll need to either login with a service or create an account. This is so you can play online against others.

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Once you’re ready to play against others, you’ll have to know how to play the game. Each player is given two random tiles when they start a game. The aim of the game is to place tiles on the board and form words, much like it is in Scrabble. However, you’re only given two tiles each turn, no more, no less. Words have to be placed on the board horizontally in order to form a valid word.

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The game goes on until there are no more tiles left, therefore leaving no more possible moves to make on the board. When you form a word, you’ll be given a point for each letter. However, you will be award for each letter in each word that appears in your word. When you have a number of games on the go, you can view these in the opening menu screen.

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At the end of each game, you can take a look at the statistics of how you’ve done, which is great for those looking to improve on their scores.

Screenshot 2014-04-28 at 19.48.44Opinion: An interesting concept, Triwordz is a nice and fresh take on what Scrabble has been doing for a long time. First of all, the game board is a lot different which allows for a lot more strategy when playing and being given only two tiles to use speeds up the game no end. I’m a big Scrabble fan, but it’s absolutely no fun at all to play on a smartphone or tablet, things just take far too long. With Triwordz however, the game speed is picked up and each letter and placement on the board is worth the same amount of points. The only element of luck you’re lucky to come across is the tiles that you’re given. This appeals greatly to me, as I’m a big advocate of skill over luck. It’s just a shame that there isn’t a lot of people to play against – hopefully this changes soon.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The app itself runs well and the game pace is fluid and accessible thanks to players only getting two tiles each turn.
  • Features (5/5) – Without power-ups, or triple word scoring, Triwordz gives every player a fair chance, and brings skill very much back into the game.
  • Theme (4/5) – The game looks good, and works well even on tablets, the red scheme is a nice departure from other similar games as well.
  • Overall (4/5) – A great alternative to Scrabble, Triwordz is a 21st century game for 21st century people that is a whole lot of fun to play.

Pros

  • Easy to sign up with – you don’t even need to provide an email address if you don’t want to.
  • True online multiplayer allows you to play no matter where you are in the world.
  • By giving players only two tiles each turn, the pacing is sped up and becomes far more accessible.
  • Works well even on tablets.

Cons

  • Computer mode would be nice, as there isn’t too many players online right now.
  • Tutorial for new players could help those completely new to the game.

Conclusion: I had a lot of fun playing Triwordz, my only gripe was that it was difficult to find somebody to play against. That’ll change in time however, as the game grows in popularity. As a big Scrabble fan, I greatly appreciate the changes made to the original formula in Triwordz. Speeding things up and changing the scoring makes this a fair and far more accessible game. Not to mention the fact that Triwordz feels like a truly modern game. I would love a computer mode to play the game when there’s nobody around to play against or when there’s no connection, but other than that I had a good time with Triwordz.

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