Type in “Jambalaya” in Google Search and you will get a slew of recipes. It is a dish. But when it comes to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or the iPad, it is also a recipe for a fast paced, brain crunching word game. Now, we have all seen our share of word games. On MakeUseOf.com, we have played a few word games on Chrome, on the web, and on Android, and any other platform you care to imagine. It is one of the most popular genres to immerse yourself in. So, you just might begin to wonder, exactly how much can a new word game be in any different from the others? After all, each is an off-shoot of Scrabble and it is all about forming words.
Jambalaya doesn’t pretend to be radically different. I would say that it is an old recipe with a new dash of spices. It is this which gives Jambalaya a new flavor.
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Jambalaya’s own video walkthrough does enough to explain what the game is all about.
If you didn’t have the patience to sit through the video show, here’s a brief explanation in words. There’s nothing much really – the word game is dead simple… though dead challenging as well. It starts with the two game modes on offer.
Classic Play is the free mode and it is enough to drive you up the wall because you have to race against the clock and form as many words as you can within two minutes. Easy? No, it’s damn tough. You have to connect the tiles by drawing a scribbly-wobbly line across the screen with your fingers. Jambalaya allows you to rearrange the tiles in any way you can; the goal is to form as many words as possible before the gong strikes.
Endless Play is the in-app purchase ($0.99). The player is freed from the clock and can make up as many words as possible. Instead of a time count, there is a word count which counts down to zero as the player exhausts all possible words in the set.
I started with the free game mode (Classic Play), and it absorbed me enough to write this review. Racing against the two minute countdown does something to us word mavens too. Forming a list of words from seven letters is more of a challenge that it appears. The letters jumbled up on the screen tends to throw off the brain from linearly arranging them into words. Start small and don’t waste time on arranging the letters. With time, you will begin to make sense out of the jumble.
As you keep scoring, you will get a few rewards like Bonus points and extra time. The first really helps, the latter not so much in my opinion.
Your final score and the stats tell what you played and the words you missed. Words scored are also broken down according to the number of letter combinations.
What’s really nice about Jambalaya is that it is connected to the Game Center. You can earn bonuses and extra points, and of course – bragging rights, that’s officially not part of the game.
Jambalaya has won a few awards for its game design. It is simple, addictive, and downright challenging. What words do you have to describe it? Is it one of the best word games on the App Store?
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