Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Undiscovered App #38: Word Mess - The Thinker's Word Search

Word Mess
Remember when you used to turn to the page in the newspaper where the word search was and just gave it a go? Well, there may be fewer and fewer of you who do since newspapers are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. But for those of you who did, today's Undiscovered App takes that old time favorite concept and gives it a great and updated twist.

Word Mess, by Masala Games, is not like your everyday word search. This one takes your standard word, dumps it in a pile of other words, then leaves it up to you to find it. To make things more difficult, the words aren't aligned in a standard grid, but can fall in a way that can leave it upside down, or the words can be shrunk down to be harder to see. Sometimes the colors are different, sometimes they're the same. And if you take too long, there's an occasional bomb that shakes up the board and rearranges all the words, so you have to reorient yourself and find the words in different locations.



For those who crave some more brain power, there are other different modes to play, in addition to the standard Find mode. There's Categories, which lets you find words that fall under a certain categoery. For example, you can have a Computer Equipment category, and then you'll have to find words like Monitor, Speaker, or Cord.

There's also Rhyme mode, which makes you find words that rhyme with the key word. For example, if you're given the word Hot, you could select words like Cot, Plot, or a trickier one like Thought.

We found Word Mess to be a ton of fun, and the expanded categories can really keep you mentally sharp. It's family friendly, and you can play for long stretches or if you only have a minute while waiting in line. Word Mess is currently free to download. It has an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 400 reviews. Definitely get this one and give it a try.



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