Do you like word games? If so, you’ve probably played Words with Friends, which is the 800 pound gorilla of word games, with more than 1.5 million downloads. WWF is basically a clone of Scrabble, which I’ve played since I was a kid. I play WWF regularly, but there are times I don’t want to have to wait for my opponent to make a move, or just want something different.
Crossword puzzles are another popular type of word game, and while I play them occasionally I tend to get annoyed when the puzzle creators get too clever with their clues.
Enter Unolingo, A crossword puzzle type game with no clues! That might sound impossible, but the easy puzzles are actually very accessible, while the harder puzzles can be very challenging. Each Unolingo puzzle consist of a 10×10 grid of squares consisting of a partially completed crossword puzzle. There are 26 blank spaces, and the 26 letters of the alphabet below. It’s your job to place each of the 26 letters correctly, filling in the puzzle.
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To insert a letter, you tap a blank space on the puzzle, which turns that square pink, then touch the letter you want to move there. Letters you insert are blue, to distinguish them from the black pre-placed letters. It may sound simple, but there are often multiple ways to complete a word, and only one will leave you the letters you need to complete the entire puzzle. For example, in the puzzle below, I’ve played the word “Quip” in the center-left of the board.
But it turns out I need the ‘P’ elsewhere, and the proper solution is “Quiz.”
You’ll notice several other words changed from my first guess to the correct solution. Dine became Wine, axing became aging, and cab became cub.
If you get stuck, you can ask the game for a hint, and find out what letter to place in a particular square. Or you can tap the audit button, and the game will show you which of the letters you’ve placed are incorrect. You can play against the clock, and post your scores on Facebook to gain bonus puzzles, and buy add-on packs of 160 puzzles for $4.99.
It’s a simple, yet challenging, way to kill a little time when you’re waiting on someone, or something, to show. If you like word games, give it a try. You can download it from the Play Store.
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