Review: Word Solitaire HD for the iPad

Category: Games - Board and Card
Developer: Candywriter
Released: 10/22/10
Rating: Ages 4 and up
Requirements: iPad with iOS 3.2 or later

Word Solitaire Features

  • Solitaire with letters
  • 20 free levels
  • 250 level campaign
  • Compete against others in the daily puzzle

Word Solitaire Review

For anyone that loves word games like Scrabble and Words With Friends who also has a Solitaire addiction, Word Solitaire provides the best of both worlds. Similar to a game of Klondike, you start with several rows across the top, but instead of cards, you are presented with letters. You can drag-and-drop letters from one column to the next, revealing hidden letters beneath, but you can only drag a letter to a column if there is a possibility of spelling out a word. You also have a pile of letters you can overturn to help you when you get stuck, and occasionally, you'll reveal a wildcard that can be turned into any letter.

Word Solitaire is nicely addictive, with game play that can be quick for those who just want to spell out their words and complete the puzzle, and long for those who want to spell out the biggest and best words possible. You can even burn letters up by dragging them to the sun, which is great for getting rid of that odd letter you couldn't work into a word, but this will cost you some points and you can only do it a limited number of times per level.

The game also has a great tutorial that will teach you how to play and a number of different free levels, so you won't have to spend your hard earned cash just to find out if Word Solitaire can be your next addiction. For those serious about their word play, there is a $2.99 expansion pack that will keep you going for months.