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New Android apps worth downloading: Kickvox, Splice, Spellwood: Word Game Adventure

by Phil Hornshaw

Kickvox is a visual search engine designed specifically for mobile devices. We’ve got a pair of quality games for your approval including Splice, a title that’s all about recombining cells to make new organisms, and Spellwood, a word game for people who are new to word games.

Kickvox (Free)

What’s it about? Kickvox is a search engine app designed for mobile devices that emphasizes visual search results, rather than lists of links.

What’s cool? An emphasis on search results you can see makes Kickvox a little easier to use than your usual web search engine, especially on a mobile device while you’re out in the world. The app is also designed to provide answers, rather than just search results. You can type in questions as well as keywords. Kickvox also makes navigation through search results easier by letting you quickly click through them, rather than hitting a Back button to return to results, and keeps a history of everything you’ve searched so you can find it again later.

Who’s it for? Users who handle their Android devices like information-seeking computers when they’re out in the world will definitely find a use for Kickvox.

What’s it like? Google Search is another solid app for finding info on the go, as is Alfred.

Splice ($2.99)

What’s it about? Puzzler Splice has players recombining microbial cells to make specific structures and solve each of the game’s levels.

What’s cool? Splice is something of a weird take on the puzzle genre, offering something new in its microbe-rearranging mechanics. You only have a limited number of moves, or “splices,” in each level to make the target structure, so you’ll have to work carefully and strategically to get through. Splice includes more than 75 puzzles, and each one has more than a single solution, so you can try to find the best ways through each one and challenge your friends to beat them as well.

Who’s it for? Splice is for puzzle fans, especially those who are looking for something that’s a little different from the usual fare.

What’s it like? Check out Osmos for another interesting puzzler with a bacterial feel.

Spellwood: Word Game Adventure ($1.99)

What’s it about? Word game Spellwood is like Scrabble, and has players dueling with one another to make the best words and rack up the highest scores.

What’s cool? Spellwood includes both a single-player mode, in which players go on an adventure of on their own, and multiplayer modes that allow you to take on players from all over the world, or friends through Facebook Connect. The game is also a simplified version of crossword titles like Scrabble and Words With Friends, which makes it great for novice players. In keeping with the magical theme, players can change things like word score values and other aspects of the game using magic spells.

Who’s it for? Spellwood is particularly good for novice word game players, and those who want to ease into the genre with something a little simpler.

What’s it like? As mentioned, Scrabble and Words With Friends also offer some great crossword and multiplayer action.

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