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7 Little Words Android game is simple but addictive and challenging

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Those who love word games won't be able to resist 7 Little Words for Android.

This game combines concepts that are found in crossword puzzles and anagram games to create an entirely new challenge. It's a tough one, but it's undeniably addictive.

You are given a series of clues and a specification of the number of letters that each word is made up of (never more than seven). The bottom half of the screen is made up of an assortment of tiles that have letters on them.

To play, you must assemble a word that you believe matches one of the definitions at the top of the screen. To do this, tap the tiles in chronological order, and then tap the “Guess” button to see if you’re right. If the word fits the clue, a check mark will appear on your list and those tiles will disappear from the board. Once you solve the set of clues, you pass the level.

There are 30 different free, individual sets of clues (these can be found in the “Sunrise” pack), and each one is numbered. Contrary to your gut instinct, these levels don't seem to become more difficult as you play. They seem to be a mix of easy and difficult.

When you run out of all the free clues, you can buy more sets for $0.99 each from within the app.

The app doesn't penalize players for making a wrong guess, and there is no time limit. This is great news for more-relaxed word puzzlers who want to play at their own pace, but I could see how it might wear on those who are more competitive. I think the game might become just a bit more interesting if a gaming mode was included that would add or subtract points depending on how quickly you solve a puzzle, or how many guesses you attempt before finding the correct answer.

7 Little Words doesn't have an exceptionally well-designed interface, but it can't be classified as ugly, either. I'll admit, though, that when I saw the dull gray scales and smiley-face icon, I had low expectations. 7 Little Words turned out to be a wonderful surprise! This is yet another example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Especially if it's a free app.

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