Letterpress is a brand new word game that comes to us courtesy of Tweetie creator Atebits. Available as an iOS app, the new word game will likely have you glued to your iPhone screens. Deceptively simple on the surface – both in concept and design – Letterpress is a must-have for anyone who’s a fan of word games.
Bringing with it elements of Boggle, and the spirit of connect the dots – the game has the potential to be the next big addiction. And having the creator of Tweetie, which went on to become the official Twitter app, behind Letterpress certainly doesn’t hurt.
In order to play Letterpress, you’re going to have to sign into Game Center. There is no way to play against the computer – all you’re going to get is games against other human beings. If you want to play against your friends, just invite them to a duel through your Game Center settings.
So how does the game work? When you first start the game, you’re presented with a grid of letters – 5 across and 5 down. On each turn, you can create words using the letters on the board. The letters don’t have to be touching in order to form a word.
As you take turns to create words, each tile you use will be shaded in your colour (blue). If your opponent uses the same tile on their next turn, its colour will change again, this time to pink.
As you play more words, the board will become a constantly changing grid of colours, with the aim of filling the grid with as many blue tiles as you can.
You can try to protect tiles by surrounding them by tiles shaded with your colour. Simply do this by creating a word that uses that tile, as well as the tiles that surround it. When a tile is blocked in, it will turn a darker shade of blue or red.
Your opponent can still use that tile to create a word, but it won’t change colour unless it’s unblocked, almost guaranteeing that by the end of the game, it wil count to your final score.
The game ends when one player resigns, or when all the tiles on the board have changed colour. If that happens, the player with the most board real estate wins the game.
Some rules you have to follow when it comes to creating words include – words have to be at least two letters and you can’t use the same word twice. The rules also point out that if your opponent plays Quilts, for example, you can’t play ‘Quilt’ after them.
Like Draw Something, Letterpress is the kind of game that you can play over time as your friends or opponents take their time to make their next move, or it can be a quick game to keep you company on your commute or when you have a few minutes to spare.
The free version of the app does have its limitations. You don’t have access to the many themes available, and more seriously, if you’re going to feed your Letterpress addiction, it doesn’t allow you to play more than two games at a time. When you’re sitting around waiting for your opponents to make their next move, that can be pretty limiting. Upgrading to the paid version will only set you back $0.99.
Letterpress is a clean, well-designed and fun game that looks like it’s going to shoot to the top of the iTunes game charts.
If we had one request, it would be to be able to view a history of the words played in each game. After all, if a game stretches out over a day or two, you might find yourself mistakenly trying to play the same words more than once.
What do you think of Letterpress? Let us know in the comments.