Wordament: The Popular Windows Phone Game Hearts Xbox LIVE
By on April 28th, 2012

The very popular and addictive Windows Phone game – Wordament – has just been reborn as an Xbox LIVE title with refreshed look and few extra features. The game, developed by veteran Microsoft employees – John Thornton and Jason Cahill – is still available for free though.

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Apart from the addition of Xbox LIVE achievements, performance improvements, and a completely updated interface with orange color thrown in, here’s what’s new in this release:

  • While game boards remain in English, the ding French, Italian, Dutch, and Swedish are added as new interface language options.
  • A Contains option showing every word a tile can make
  • New ‘Guest Mode’ so someone else can play without affecting your stats.
  • Sound effects!

Wordament is a word game in which you are presented with a 4×4 grid of lettered tiles and have two minutes to swipe in as many words as they can. When time’s up, you see all the words you found and a list of common and obscure words you missed, and how you fared against all other players across the Web on the same game board. The massively multiplayer game stacks you up against everybody else with the server dishing out 523 unique puzzles a day, nonstop.

There are a couple of issues in the latest release which I’ll hope will be ironed out with an update. The opening screen takes some time to populate and appears sluggish, and several times times the game fails to connect to Internet.

The app has been fairly popular and is one of the few Windows Phone titles that has drawn envious looks from friends on other mobile platforms. The former indie game is also available for Windows 8 now.

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
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