An Annoying New Way to Play One of the World's Best Word Games

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I love word games, and PopCap's Bookworm series has always treated me right. I've spent countless hours playing Bookworm and the epic role-playing hybrid Bookworm Adventures, knowing full-well that once I start playing a game in the franchise I'm not stopping for anything. That is, unless it's the new turn-based Bookworm Heroes.


Bookworm Heroes is one on those turn-based multiplayer social games, where one player hooks up with another, takes a turn, and then waits for the other player to respond. It's a game mode that has seen plenty of success in games like Words with Friends or Letterpress. I'm just not sure it's a fit with Bookworm.

The game works well enough. Players choose an opponent, use coin earned through playing or purchased with real money to recruit a hero character to enhance their game, rent a support pet (that bit can be skipped) and then take turns building words from a 16-letter grid. Both players have a health bar, and whittling their opponent's down to nothing is the goal. As the round progresses, more special tiles appear on the board, upping the word-crafting ante.

It's actually a rather enjoyable way to play. In fact, were this real-time multiplayer instead of turn-based, where I could make sure my opponent wasn't feeding letters into a word generator and didn't have to wait forever for my turn, I'd probably be in heaven.

Instead I wait. I create new games, and wait some more. When my opponents finally take their turns, they come back with 12-letter monstrosities that I know they didn't pull out of thin air. Or maybe they did, but I don't trust them.

It all comes down to this: Don't make me wait to play a Bookworm game. I get testy.

Bookworm Heroes

  • Genre: Multiplayer Word Puzzes
  • Developer: PopCap Games
  • Platform: iOS
  • Price: Free

Get Bookworm Heroes in iTunes



Getting really sick of seeing awesome new releases for iOS and no love for Android. You can't tell me that this game wouldn't work on the majority of android devices.