In the world of mobile games, there are few companies that can say they make as much money as King do. Still riding the coattails from the explosive success of Candy Crush Saga, King has followed up with games like Bubble Witch Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga. Now though, there’s a new Saga in town and this one involves words and spelling, and everything! Say hello to AlphaBetty Saga, in which you play a mouse – yes, a mouse – named Betty. With her Grandfather, Professor Alpha and his loyal assistant, Barney, the three of them are tasked with looking for new words to complete the “Encyclopedia of Everything”. We’re not sure if King knows this or not, but Encyclopedias often feature more than just words, but still the cute tile matching must go on.
Gameplay wise, AlphaBetty Saga is pretty much exactly what you’d imagine it to be; you need to match tiles of letter to make words. The lengthier the word is, the points you are awarded for it, and yes, there are letters worth more than others just as there are in Scrabble. This is essentially a mix of Candy Crush, Scrabble and Words With Friends all rolled into one exaggerative game that dazzles the player with fancy effects and cute characters. At the core of the game is a pretty small board of tiles which does get more difficult over time, but you will have to stick with the game as the first few levels are predictably simple. Over time, things get more difficult, and you’ll start to figure out ways to use the exploding tiles to your advantage, and as tile-matching games go, AlphaBetty Saga actually asks for a little more gray matter than most of its contemporaries.
Are there in-app purchases here? You bet there are. Do you have you buy them? After spending an admittedly short space of time with the game I can see no reason why someone with even a limited mastering of the English language should need to cough up real coin for this, but if you’ve burnt Google Play gift cards to the ground playing Candy Crush before, then you might want to steer clear of this one. A fun, simple and overall fairly unoffensive game that will please wordsmiths everywhere, AlphaBetty Saga is worth a try.