Word games are age old classics, while mini-golf is always a fun diversion. Word Puttz is a new iOS game that offers a unique word game experience by integrating a mini-golf set-up. Your goal is to spell out words to reach the cup with each letter acting as a golf ball. The word game aspect is reminiscent of Scrabble, as you’re given a rack of seven letters to play, and you place the letters just like Scrabble tiles, building words based on the tiles that are already on the board. Word Puttz does a great job of providing a unique idea that builds upon familiar mechanics to make it as accessible as possible, while still being fresh.
The highlight of the game is 70 unique levels spread across four environments, and the levels keep introducing new twists. There are pipes to transport your word string across the board, buttons to lower block walls, collectible coins, fixed stone letters, and more. The familiar Scrabble style has been translated into a single player level based campaign for an all new challenge. It’s tough to build on your own words, especially since the board doesn’t offer room for the longest words. In addition to the majority of puzzle levels, there are also occasional race modes where you play head to head against the computer that plays as the purple octopus main character.
The game doesn’t have the most advanced design engine, but it’s well suited for a word, and mini-golf game with plenty of polish. There’s also smooth drag and drop controls to place each letter on to the game board. The main takeaway is the consistent engagement factor, so that you’ll keep wanting to reach the next level. The difficulty ramps up nicely, maybe a bit too steep at times, to the point that you will have to replay quite a few levels, and hope for the right letter
combinations. The game does a good job of reminding you that your vocabulary could be better, especially when you only have seven letters to work with, and have Ks, Ps, Fs, Hs, and a couple Os and Is. You can completely enjoy Word Puttz for free, though there are in-app purchases for specific letters, new sets of letters, and hearts to replay level, similar to Candy Crush. They’re all optional, but can come in handy, and let you support the developer’s work in creating an entertaining new word game idea.
Word Puttz (Free, Universal) makes word games fun again with the strategic elements, and brain teasing challenge that results from the mix of Scrabble, mini-golf, and solo challenges.