07
Mar
spelltower

As a writer, I pretty much like words. That's my job. Well, it's not my job to like words, but it helps. It's my job to write words in a coherent and entertaining manner. But I digress, this isn't about stringing words together into sentences; it's about stacking words on top of each other in a Tetris-like game for the aspiring wordsmith. Sure, it may sound a bit confusing, but in reality the concept appears to be relatively simple.

The game is called SpellTower, and brings a funky twist to the traditional word game. It's like the dev threw Scrabble, Tetris, and a few crossword puzzles into a blender, and this is the result. It's not just a single strategy game, either – it has five different modes of gameplay: Tower mode, where you have to keep the blocks from stacking to the ceiling; puzzle mode, where every word brings a new row of letters; extreme puzzle mode, which has a minimum word length; Rush mode, a race against the clock; and debate mode, to play against a friend.

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If that sounds like a good time to you, my would-be linguist friends, you can put your word-crafting skills to the test for $1.99 at the link below. Have fun.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Pretty sure there are couple free alternatives

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmlares Jessica Lares

    SpellTower is great on my Mac. I don't like it enough to play on my S2 though. Nor is it worth $2. It's more of a $0.99 app.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Yeah, because 2 bucks for a good game would have some serious impact on one's budget.

  • Talha

    A brilliant game, not to mention the quality of its presentation, which is a cut above as well. Zach Gage is great too! Support devs who are trying to break into Android so we can help the platform grow! My highest recommendation.

  • SomeGuy

    Why the hell does it need to access my contacts and phone information?

    • Christopher Orr

      Damn, I was going to buy this until I saw that. I don't know why contacts would be required if the multiplayer functionality only works on the local network (i.e. no inviting of friends via email).

    • GazaIan

      Multiplayer invites using friends you know.

      Relax, just because an app has permission to use contacts doesn't mean it's going to steal them and find their addresses and murder them all. Really no need to get so worried about permissions. I could list 100 apps with those permissions that people use every day.

      • krazyfrog

        But what if does murder all my contacts? Will I get a refund?

    • Davy Jones

      The game description has an answer to this now:

      A few people have asked about why we require acces to 'Your personal information' and 'Phone calls'.
      We'd actually rather not access that stuff to be honest, some of our libraries require it.

      'Your
      Personal Information' is used by scoreloop to find contacts that might
      be playing the game so you can add them as friends to compare your
      scores

      And 'Phone Calls' is actually kind of confusingly named by
      android, all it does is allow to read a device id from the phone which
      is used by the google licensing service to check that the game has been
      bought in the market

      Hope that sorts that out! Nothing malicious here :)

  • Matthew Fry

    Anyone know whether this allows bluetooth between iOS and Android? That'd be fabulous.

    • Christopher Orr

      Looks like the Android version uses wifi rather than Bluetooth (from looking at the requested permissions).

  • http://www.facebook.com/garth.vliet Garth Van Vliet

    anyone know what wordlist it uses - if not CSW12 (official worldwide Scrabble list) I am not really interested.

  • John Mckeel

    I finally get where people are coming from. No one wants to buy anything on this platform. There are free alternatives, why does it have access to my contacts, oh it's not worth the money, blah blah blah. Suck a d, can you not afford $2?