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Words Without Friends: 7 Mind-Bending Single-Player Word Games

Mihir Patkar 22-02-2014

Multiplayer word games are a lot of fun, even if you are playing friends on different platforms 3 Cross Platform, Free Word Games For Android and iOS Users To Compete On There are a few word games that work on both Android and iOS, letting friends catch up and compete. Read More . But sometimes, you don’t want to wait for someone else to play their turn. Or maybe you’re on a flight and there’s no network.


When all you want is a quick test for your vocabulary without relying on someone else, just fire up one of these fantastic single-player word games: Most will work either on iOS or Android.

Word Puttz [No Longer Available]

Sometimes, great graphics alone can make a game enjoyable. Word Puttz has that in spades and backs it up with some engrossing gameplay. The newest game in this roundup, its premise is silly but fun: you’re an octopus at a mini-golf course and instead of putting the ball, you place tiles from the tee to the hole. These tiles have letters and you need to form proper words from the starting point to the finish. Along the way, you’ll have to earn coins, break down walls, navigate around rocks, and much more. And hey, it’s free!

SpellTower ($1.99)

If you love your word games, I dare you to play SpellTower and not get instantly hooked. It combines the addictive word-making formula of Boggle and the arcade charm of Tetris SpellTower Is Boggle On Steroids For Your Phone If you've been on the lookout for a new word game to play on your iOS or Android device, SpellTower may be just what you're looking for. This is Boggle on steroids, and is well... Read More . So you have a grid of letter blocks, challenging you to form words by connecting adjoining tiles. Get rid of a block and the laws of gravity will make all the blocks above it fall one line — yup, just like Tetris. There are multiple game modes: start off with Tower Mode, graduate to Puzzle Mode, and when you really want to task yourself, take on the time-sensitive Rush Mode.

Download:  SpellTower for iOS ($1.99)

Unolingo (Free)



The first word game most of us were introduced to is a crossword. Well, Unolingo takes that classic and twists it around. In a crossword grid, you will find a few letters already placed in some tiles. Now it’s up to you to fill up the rest of the grid using the 26 letters of the alphabet — and you can use each letter only once! It’s not as easy as it sounds, so you will need to use the Hint button at times to solve one tile or the Audit button to check your progress—but be warned, hitting either will give you a time penalty. The game has different levels of difficulty, starting you off with a total of 20 puzzles across four skill settings for free. Once you’re done with those, you will need to buy additional ones, starting at $0.99 for 20 or $4.99 for a pack of 160 puzzles.

Download: Unolingo for iOS (Free)

Words (Free)


Word search games are among the oldest form of word games, where you are given a large grid of random letters and a set of words that you have to find in the grid. Well, Words is exactly that, but customized to look good and play well on a touchscreen. I’ve tried several of such word search games on small and large Android screens and Words plays the best as it shows you the word you have traced so far with your finger and the remaining letters to finish that word — it sounds like a small thing, but it’s a huge help when you’re playing these games on small screens. Plus, Words has a cool way of colour-coding the lines of words you have formed that looks great and slowly fills the whole grid, giving you an indication of your progress.


Download: Words for Android (Free) | Words for iOS (Free)

7 Little Words (Free)


If you enjoy crosswords, you’ll love 7 Little Words. In this game, you are given seven meanings, along with an indication of how many letters would be the one word needed for that meaning. Below this, there is a set of tiles and each tile has two letters on it. You have to grab these tiles and make words to match the seven meanings above — each tile can be used only once. It sounds pretty simple, but the game is deceptively challenging because unlike just thinking up a word, the sight of a tile with two consonants or two vowels next to each other can throw you off. But it’s never too difficult and you’ll have a lot of fun with it. Each day, you get three free puzzles, apart from the 50 to start the game. And you can buy more puzzles if you feel like it. It’s also among the most addictive word games on iOS Challenge Your Word Skills With These Addictive iOS Games Playing word games can often be a lot of fun, but also have the added bonus of being educational, keeping your mind sharp and improving your vocabulary. Taking these kinds of games with you on... Read More .

Download: 7 Little Words for Android (Free) | 7 Little Words for iOS (Free)


Wordiest (Free)


Erez reckons Wordiest is the best word game on Android Tired of Words With Friends? We Found 2 Android Multiplayer Word Games That Are Better Oxyphenbutazone. That's about as high as you can go in Words With Friends - a word worth 1674 points. That's either an awesome feat of linguistic prowess, or just plain cheating - you be the... Read More and I have to agree. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it’s got lovely graphics, and it’s a single-player game with a hint of multiplayer competition. Here’s how it works. Wordiest gives you 14 letter tiles, each with points like in Scrabble, and some with double/triple letter or double/triple word points. All you have to do is form two words using those 14 tiles and make the most number of points you can. Hit Submit and you will see the total points you earned, as well as a graph which tells you how players across the world fared with the same letters. In an instant, you’re able to tell how good or bad you have performed compared to others, but there’s not pressure of having to wait your turn. I love this!

Download: Wordiest for Android (Free)

Word Swap (Free)



Like SpellTower, Word Swap has a bit of Tetris in it. Like Words, Word Swap has a bit of word search in it. Yet, it’s a simplistic game that will get you addicted to it quickly, and slowly frustrate you because you think you should be beating it easily. There’s a set of wooden blocks with letters on them and a list of words above—initially, these are themes (animals, nature, etc.) but later become general words. By swapping adjacent blocks, you need to form the words in the list. The tricky part is that if you swap a tile too many times, it becomes immovable! And that’s where the game starts getting really difficult and hair-tearingly maddening — but in a good way. Be warned, you’ll need to be really good at solving logic puzzles to make serious headway with Word Swap.

Download: Word Swap for Android (Free)

Single Or Multiplayer?

There’s a huge number of word and puzzle multiplayer games on both Android and iOS, but do you always look only for those or do you enjoy playing a few games by yourself? If yes, what are your favourite single-player word games?

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  1. thumbwiz
    January 4, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    A nice challenging single player game is "Words Without Friends" for IOS.

  2. Jeff
    February 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Two games from the same creators: Bonza and Bonza National Geographic.

    A single clue unites all the answers in each puzzle. The answers are broken into word fragments that you must reassemble into a crossword structure.

    Very pleasing design and game mechanics. Comes with several free puzzle packs. There's a new, free puzzle to play every day. New packs are cheap, and many can be bought with game coins earned from solving puzzles. The devs are super responsive, if you ever have any problems.

  3. sanjinl
    November 24, 2015 at 2:09 am

    "Word War W" is a great little word game with a funny name (think World War Z).

    It combines arcade elements with word spelling. It's fun and can get quite challenging. Besides it helps teach spelling and fast typing.

    You can also try it out from your browser:

  4. Porchelvi
    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Try the game 'Word War'

    Best word game to learn new vocabularies with fun

  5. Porchelvi
    May 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Try the game 'Word War'

    Best word game to learn new vocabularies with fun

  6. Porchelvi
    May 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Try the game 'Word War'

    Best word game to learn new vocabularies with fun

  7. Salony
    May 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    'Word War' ---- A must try for word game lovers

    Unique of its kind, addictive, great to explore new words

    Great to challenge your friends with your vocabulary skills and lot more :)


  8. stew
    December 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

    You forgot this amazing game!

  9. Roman N.
    July 14, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Do you know Pixwip? I recommend you to check it out, since it combines the classic word guessing game with photography (by your own)!

  10. Radu
    July 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I would recommend "Think: Words". It's like the old Mastermind but with letters.

  11. Rahul K
    February 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The word games i have on my android phone are 'TOUCHY WORDS' and 'COWS AND BULLS'.
    While the former is a simple game but addictive.
    The other one 'COWS an..' comes under the word puzzle category where you have to guess the word in the limited chances.

  12. Kenneth Jones
    February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I find myself returning time and time again to Text Twist in the Android Play Store... It reminds me of a single player Boggle.

  13. Deen Ali
    February 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Used to like Word Hero but now it's Microsoft's Wordament. It is simply the best. I play it all the time on my Windows 8 touch laptop. It is also as good on my Android phone. A very addictive game, rarely crashes (if ever) and simply gets better and faster after every update.

  14. Saikat B
    February 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Done with 7 Little Words. Now, it's Unolingo. Any iOS alternatives for Wordiest. I like the fact that (as mentioned), it is a single player game with a hint of multiplay.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Sorry, no.

      But if you aren't already playing it, give Threes a shot. Not a word game, a math logic game. I'm totally addicted.

  15. Akshata
    February 23, 2014 at 5:29 am

    These look great, Mihir. I have a feeling I'll get addicted to Unolingo and 7 Little Words :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Unolingo is super addictive! It's ruining my productivity :D

    • Akshata
      February 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      I can totally see that happening to me, so I'll save it for the next weekend :)

  16. Marte B
    February 23, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I'd suggest Bookworm (a PopCap game) and WhirlyWord, which has both free and paid versions.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

      I'll check them out, thanks for the suggestions, Marte!

  17. Hildy J
    February 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

    If you really want to think about words, do crossword puzzles. Shortyz is a free app (no ads, no weird permissions) in the Android Play Store which downloads puzzles (on demand or automatically) from various newspapers and other free sources. Right now it pulls in about 5 per day.

    The look is minimalist and its hint structure is nice but it will make you think and improve your vocabulary at the same time if you hit Google before using the program's hints. Plus there are new puzzles every day

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

      That's a fantastic recommendation, Hildy! Thank you so much :)

  18. rghdrft
    February 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    enjoy both single and multi-player word games but love the play anytime anywhere aspect of single player. Currently addicted to Wily (iOS). It's a bit like playing Mastermind but using words/letters as you try to guess the secret word - has enough game levels to choose from to keep it fast paced as well as challenging..

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Trying out Wily now, will let you know how I like it!