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.
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.
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.