I really like phrase video games. I’m a Scrabble aficionado; identical with Scattergories. And I’ve been obsessive about Wordle for many of 2022. So naturally, I used to be trying ahead to the anagram stylings of Letterbox by POWGI, which brings a easy but addictive phrase puzzle to the Nintendo Change.
The premise is easy: every puzzle consists of a block of 9 clean tiles surrounded by letters on all sides. You’re given a nine-letter phrase, like “superhero”, “boomerang”, or “sunscreen”. Your process is to create six five-letter phrases by rearranging the present nine-letter phrase to fill within the blanks. The trick is making them match, with just one potential resolution.
Letterbox comes with 120 puzzles to resolve, an honest quantity to maintain you busy for a number of hours. Every one solely takes a few minutes to resolve, relying on how shortly you’re employed and the way typically you examine your reply with the built-in examine characteristic.
Sure, you possibly can examine your solutions as you’re employed by means of every anagram. Urgent the L+R buttons concurrently reveals whether or not errors are current or not. You even have the choice to repair them, which removes any incorrect letters from the grid. It makes it a lot simpler to finish puzzles, although I attempted to not depend on it an excessive amount of – overusing it felt a little bit like dishonest. You possibly can fly by means of the sport by checking every letter one after the other, however then you definitely’re not likely determining the reply for your self. When you use your personal strategy of elimination, it exams your mind a little bit extra and makes the sport final a little bit longer.
The interface is extraordinarily primary. On the plus facet, it’s clear and simple to navigate. On the draw back, there’s not a lot to do outdoors of finishing anagrams. There’s no menu to talk of, simply 4 pages consisting of thirty puzzles every.
This simplistic method applies to the controls, too. Touchscreen controls are fortunately current in handheld mode. On the large display, you possibly can transfer the left joystick to get across the grid of tiles, whereas a fast faucet of the A button takes your cursor to the nine-letter phrase. The B button removes a letter, + button pauses, – for directions. You get it; good and easy.
You possibly can sort out puzzles in any order, which I admire. Whenever you end one, you’re given a glimpse right into a lacking characteristic. A useful popup informs you of the time taken to finish the present puzzle. Nice! Wait, how do I revisit my finest instances? Oh, that’s proper, you possibly can’t. Instances will not be recorded wherever, which is a disgrace. There are not any star scores or leaderboards, both; nothing to encourage you to strive once more or compete with your self or anybody else. As soon as the puzzle is solved, there’s no motive to repeat it.
There may be one different frivolous characteristic. Whenever you end an anagram, a humorous quip is displayed based mostly on the nine-letter phrase. These are largely the kind of groan-worthy puns present in different POWGI titles, however a pair made me chuckle, and it does lend some character to the sport. For instance, the “superhero” puzzle resulted within the line: “If Silver Surfer and Iron Man teamed up they’d make nice alloys”. My favourite phrase, although, was: “It’s simply as onerous to attempt to lose a recreation of rock, paper, scissors as it’s to attempt to win”. That one really blew my thoughts. Strive it; it’s true.
Total, Letterbox by POWGI is easy and enjoyable. The no-frills model received’t present a lot longevity after you’re achieved, however in case you like phrase puzzles, that is fulfilling. Some future DLC – although unlikely – would even be welcome to assist lengthen the sport’s life.