This review of Wordament is for the original version of the game on Android. You can read a review of the updated game here.
What is Wordament?
Wordament is a fun and fast word game by Microsoft. I am going to explain why I love this game. Read more to learn why Wordament is one of my favorites if not my favorite word game on Android.
- I play Wordament on my LG V20 Android smartphone.
- I have played Wordament off and on for years.
What Sort of Game Is Wordament?
A Word Game
Surprise! Wordament is a word game. You use your knowledge of words to spell as many words as you can.
A Multiplayer Game
Wordament is also a multiplayer game. You compete in every round against everybody who is currently playing and see how you rank at the end. Unlike 1vs1 multiplayer word games like Ruzzle or Words with Friends, you don’t play against one person.
How Do You Play Wordament?
Every round is about three minutes long. For two minutes you try to find as many words as you can on a grid of letters. You must connect words one letter at a time, and you cannot use a letter more than once.
Game Review Phase
After the two minutes are up, you get about 40 seconds to see the round results. The game shows you how many words you found and the total number of words you could have found. You can tap on a word, and it will show where it is on the game board. Wordament also shows you how many points you score on average for each word.
I find this screen very helpful. Some people might not care about seeing this information in this much detail, but I find it to be fun as it motivates me to do better. If you like how you did in a certain round, you can save this information by using the Android share menu.
The Rankings Screen
After this word review, the game shows the top players of every round, and it shows you some players that ranked close to you. The game shows you how many words you found and what your score is. Wordament then gives you a percentile based on how good you did. After a round ends, the next round begins immediately. A game is always in progress.
There Are Multiple Round Types
Some rounds have special features. For example, one round type is a speed round where every word is worth the same amount of points.
- Rounds where you earn bonus points for spelling words with a certain letter tile.
- Rounds with words from a common theme hidden in the game board.
- There are rounds with a huge word worth many points.
- These alternative rounds keep the game varied, and I love playing them when they happen.
Wordament Is a Competitive Game
At its core, Wordament is a very competitive game but don’t feel like you need to be to enjoy playing it. You can always ignore the stats shown at the end of rounds. You can’t skip these screens though.
Wordament Is a Game of Skill
One of the things that annoy me about some multiplayer word games is that they have premium powerups. This makes the games feel more like goofy party games than actual competition. Some people enjoy this, but to me, it messes up the multiplayer balance.
One of the reasons I love to play Wordament is that you score points based on your own skill level only. Either you can find words or don’t.
Other Wordament features
You Can Earn Xbox Achievements
Since Wordament is from Microsoft, you can link a Microsoft/Xbox account and earn some achievement points. If you care about that sort of thing that is. I don’t pay these things much mind myself, but they are a nice extra.
You Can Use Facebook as Well
You can also connect to a Facebook account or play the game without an account.
Reasons to Connect an Account
If you don’t sync an account, the game won’t save your status long term. The game also shows you how you are doing long term as well. The game also shows off the best players in the game. This ties back into Wordament being a competitive game.
Game Play Review
You Can Play Wordament in Short Bursts
Wordament is a very simple and easy to understand word game. Due to its quick round nature, it is easy to play a few rounds and move on.
There Is No Way to Join Rounds at the Start
One complaint is that there is no way to start only at the beginning of a new round. The game drops you in at whatever is going on now, and this is where you begin.
Wordament Is an Online Only Game
Since this is a multiplayer game, you also need to have data or wireless access to play it. The game does not work offline at all.
The Game Looks Simple
The game looks and sounds nice. You can customize the colors of the board with preset themes. The look of the game is very simple, but it does what it needs to.
The Game Is Quiet
I can say the same about the sounds of the game. The only music you hear is when rounds end. The game is light on sound, but it is good enough for what it is.
Spending Factor Review
The game has no purchases you can make.
Annoyance Factor Review
The game does ask you to sign in, but that is it. The game shows a tiny banner ad at the bottom of the game area. It shows ads for other Microsoft Android games and information about Wordament.
Overall Wordament is a very fun game, and I like to play it. The game is not flashy and very basic, but I like the focus on competitive game play and how fair the game is.
Will I Keep Playing Wordament?
I play Wordament all the time. Of course, I will keep on playing it!
Would I Recommend People Play Wordament?
I highly recommend people play Wordament. It is one of my favorite word games.
Wordament is a very fun multiplayer game by Microsoft.
Fun and fast game.
Very simple and fair.
Need to be online to play.
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