Excerpt: Welcome to the world's most superfluous game review. I say that primarily because I'm summarizing for prospective consumers a game experience that you can sample firsthand, for free, from Pop Cap's website, and secondarily because I love any chance to use the word "superfluous" in a sentence for an audience. No, really, I just got a happy little shiver from that. This is how I know that I am precisely this game's target audience.
Summary: Parents need to know that the downloadable DSi word game, BOOKWORM, does not offer a lot of variety of gameplay. There is one basic task throughout the entire game -- finding words on a board of tiles by connecting adjacent letters. However that one element is presented very well, and for the five-dollar price tag on the game, certainly provides one's money's worth. Still, parents should be aware that children averse to wordsearch-type puzzles won't be interested.
Conclusion: Bookworm is an addictive word game for your Nintendo DS. The game might have took some time to come out on the DS but the wait was well worth it. Both classic and action modes are a lot of fun on all occasions. Multiplayer is a nice little touch so you should be able to have quite some fun with this budget title from PopCap Games. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 8 out of 10 + Learning has never been this much fun.
Excerpt: I suck at Scrabble. I love my word games, but for some reason I suck at Scrabble. Bookworm , for the uninitiated, is a simple concept: You're given a screen filled to the brim with letters, and you cobble words out of the madness, making sure all of the letters in the word are touching each other. That's really all there is to it.
Pros: Still fun after all these years, Easy to pick up and enjoy, Multiplayer is a joke, Playable for, Nothing new about it... at all
Conclusion: Bookworm is an addictive word game with an adorable host. It's been available on PC for years, but this DS version adds an exciting Action mode and an amusing (if slightly underwhelming) multiplayer feature. All the stat tracking is also nice and it will take you a while to complete all the books and build your entire house. Word game fans that've never played Bookworm should pick this one up post haste.
A Portable Dictionary Without An Expanded Vocabulary
1 December 2009
Conclusion: Concept: A port of the PC version with some minor additions
Graphics: Cute character and room design, but graphics aren’t the point
Sound: Bookworm’s high-pitched voiceover will inevitably annoy you, as will the repetitive music
Playability: As easy to play and addictive as any proper PopCap game
Entertainment: It’s fun for the occasional session, but don’t bother going for the unlockables
Summary: Bookworm has been adapted for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo DS with an array of new features and modes that are exclusively available on the DS. It includes the complete Classic mode and has been specifically tuned for dual-screen, vertical use.