I can admit it I have a problem; I have been a Words with Friends addict since it came out. Others moved on to more exciting apps with better graphics but once I find something I like I stick with it. I only play for about ten minutes a day but I truly enjoy those ten minutes. I tried some of the other Hanging With Friends, Classic Scramble With Friends, but never quite fell for them in the same way. When I heard that Zynga had introduced a word game about travel I was desperate to try it. Word On Tour is a great combination of boggle, spelling and travel facts. Only Zynga could think of combining all of this. And they have done it well.
The game is set up around collecting stamps, which then give you passports to different cities as levels are completed. When completing France, completion of a level is stated as ‘Fantastique;’ whereas In London, ‘Jolly Good’ signals finishing the game. There are several different types of word puzzles, which is part of what keeps it fascinating. All of the puzzles are set in a boggle format. In some you are collecting stamps and some creating phrases. The phrases are not all obvious; foods, historical figures, landmarks and colloquialisms are all used.
Unfortunately, unlike other Zynga games, this one continually asks you to purchase tokens in order to move up levels and earn helping moves. The levels are passable without tokens but the game is challenging. After five attempts the player is blocked for ten-twenty minutes from trying again. In ways it is a useful time limit but it is the first time I have felt Zynga is after money in a game. Their games are great so in ways they should be paid for but the token purchases could truly add up in a candy crush way. Both of my children found the game fun but challenging and I can imagine if they played it more they would become frustrated without tokens.
The background graphics change with different locations. Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and other landmarks in the seven cities currently offered. The theme of travel is woven throughout the game; which makes it a fun game to play while you are travelling. The time limits would be an advantage then, the different phrases would help children to think of cities culturally.
Details: Words On Tour is available on Google Play and Apple App Store.