One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Letterpress – Word Game, a great new word game from Loren Brichter, creator of the superb and hugely popular Tweetie Twitter client app for iPhone. Tweetie was eventually bought by Twitter themselves and Brichter was the lead developer on the official Twitter apps for iOS and Mac. Now he has left Twitter and created this new word game for iPad and iPhone.
Letterpress is one of those apps you just know you’re going to like moments into using it. It’s got a light, clean, colorful and inviting interface and the game itself is easy to understand and fun to play.
The rules of the game are simple:
Just in case you can’t see the screencap above showing the rules here’s the gist:
Players take turns making words from the 5X5 board of letter tiles. Tap letters from anywhere on the board to assemble a word, then tap ‘Submit’ to turn those tiles your color.
— Words must have at least two letters.
— Words may only be played once.
— Words may not be a prefix of a previously played word.
You can protect a tile from being stolen by surrounding it with other tiles of the same color. Players may use defended tiles to make a word, but they won’t change color.
The App Store page for Letterpress sums up the objectives of the game succinctly:
Find words, steal tiles, color the board!
That’s all there is to it. The game is easy to dive right into and if you enjoy word games it should have you hooked quite quickly too.
The game has Game Center support, so you can play against friends or get auto-matched against random opponents. It works nicely in both portrait and landscape mode and also very well on both the iPad and the new iPad mini.
You can have two games going at once. If you want to be able to have more going simultaneously you need to upgrade. The upgrade is just 99 cents and lets you play many games at once, see played words, and unlock new themes. I was very happy to upgrade after a short while with the game.
There’s no chat capability and no bells and whistles at all really in the game. And it absolutely doesn’t need any. Everything about the game is clean, simple and somehow friendly feeling.
This has rapidly become one of my most played games on the iPad.
Disclosure: The screenshots in this post show me ahead in a game. That’s rare. I love the game, but I’m not exactly kicking ass and taking names with it as yet. :)
Here’s an App Store link for Letterpress – Word Game; it’s a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.