Word games always seem so well suited for iOS, especially when they allow you to play with others. Words with Friends is the popular choice, but there are some great alternatives, and Letterpress is a brand new game that is trying to be the best yet. Letterpress is an extremely interesting idea as the game has a minimalistic design to let you focus on the surprisingly intricate word game. You’re given a five by five board of letters, and you can tap on any of them to create the best word you can. You get to play head to head through Game Center with a friend or random opponent, and you alternate turns creating words.
Each tile in your word is colored, and each players goal is to color the board with their color, either red or blue. After a couple of turns the board starts to fill in, and on your next turn you’ll want to use some of your opponents colored tiles to steal them back. Each match offers 25 rounds, and the person with the most colored tiles of the total 25 wins. It’s an extremely engaging word game style that combines elements of Boggle and the classic Go to combine word creation and strategy for a completely unique experience. All of the clutter seen in other games is removed allowing you to focus on the letters, words, and colored board.
Letterpress is free to download and play, but for just $0.99 you can unlock the full game allowing you to play multiple matches at once as well as use various color themes. You can try Letterpress yourself for free, but it’s an amazing deal for the one-time $0.99 in-app purchase as you will get so much enjoyment from Letterpress. The only real drawback is that the Game Center implementation isn’t refined like some other Game Center multiplayer games, so there are considerable load times. You still get push notifications when it’s your turn, and Letterpress is extremely enjoyable with multiple matches set-up with each one presenting a unique challenge with varying strategy based on who you’re playing.
It’s time to download Letterpress (Free, Universal), you’ll be glad you did.