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Word Wheel by POWGI 
Developed by: Lightwood Games
Published by: Lightwood Games
Release date: June 6, 2019
Available on: PS4, Switch, Vita
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: Up to four locally
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $7.99

Thank you Lightwood Games for sending us this title to review!

We have reviewed many POWGI based puzzle games and my kids love them. They are especially great on the go and come in handy while waiting at the doctor’s office or in line for a rollercoaster at Six Flags. With one hundred puzzles to solve, this $7.99 title is bound to keep your family entertained for hours on end.

The goal in Word Wheel is to formulate words between four and nine characters long using the nine letters that comprise the Word Wheel. The only catch is that the letter in the middle of the Word Wheel must be used in each of the words formed. Upon discovering the puzzle’s nine-letter title, you’ll be treated with a goofy question or pun. For example, one them asked if it’s the s or the c that’s silent in scent.

Highlights:

Strong Points: 100 challenging word puzzles; local multiplayer
Weak Points: No hints
Moral Warnings: Inappropriate words only count as bonus words, not official solutions

Before beginning each puzzle you’ll be shown how many words can be found in it. Some puzzles have less than twenty words while others have more than one hundred and twenty! As you solve the puzzle the game will keep track of all of the 4,5,6,7,8, and 9-letter words you have found and will even show you the last submitted word for reference. Some of the words formed could be considered inappropriate and if those words are valid, they will count as bonus words, but will not be counted toward solving the puzzle. The number of bonus words are tallied. You can leave and resume puzzles without worry of losing your progress.

If you get stumped, there isn’t a hint feature to assist you. You can pick the brains of people nearby or ask them to join you in a cooperative or competitive local game. Up to four players can jump in if you have enough Joy-Cons handy.

Word Wheel by POWGI
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 13/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The visuals are simple and clean. The text was clear and easy to read on the Switch’s screen. Not surprisingly, this title is quick to load and ran great.

The background music is peppy and fitting. It was neither memorable or annoying. Since I mostly played this in public, I often muted the sound as a courtesy.

If you enjoy word puzzles, then Word Wheel is certainly worth looking into. It’s family-friendly and has a lot of puzzles to keep you stumped for a while. I have yet to fully solve one! Since there is no hint system, your best bet is to play this around others and wait for solicited and unsolicited help. Just like a game of solitaire, people can’t resist providing you with your next move!

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