Wordfix is a relatively new game in the Windows Store where you are given a collection of letters and have to unscramble them to rebuild the word. Each game consists of five stages where you have to rebuild three words per stage. You only have a few seconds to solve each word puzzle and you might be surprised how hard it is to recognize a four-letter word all scrambled up.
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, Wordfix has modest and simple graphics and while gameplay starts out easy, it builds up in difficulty nicely as you begin rebuilding words. The game does a good job of balancing gaming difficulty with a zippy pace to offer a challenging way to spend a little down time.
The primary menu for Wordfix offers you the option to jump into gameplay, access the game's settings, view a help screen and report a technical problem to the developer. There are also options to access the game's store and watch a gameplay demo. The gaming store provides you the option to buy gaming coins through in-app purchases that range in price from $1.29 to $9.99. Coins that are otherwise earned through gameplay and can be used to buy gaming hints.
Settings with Wordfix include your usual suspects (volume/music levels, etc.) but also the option to automatically place your letters or manually drag them into place. If you choose the automatic option, tapping a letter sends it to the first open slot in your answer box. Manually requires you to tap/drag a letter into place, which can take a little more time. Personally, I'm a little slow on the drag, so the automatic option works best.
When you tap the Play Button, Wordfix wastes no time in jumping into things. Gameplay consists of five stages where you rebuild three words per stage. Each of the three words in a stage will be of the same length and does not include plurals, names of places or people, academic or obscure words, past tense, present continuous or third person verbs.
You have thirty seconds to solve or rebuild each word. You do so by tapping on one of the letters that are scrambled at the bottom of the screen. After solving the first three words, you transition to the next stage and so on. Words not only increase in difficulty as you advance through the game stages, but they also grow in length.
Should you hit a brick wall and completely draw a blank on where to start building the correct word, Wordfix has three styles of hints available. You can choose to reveal a consonant, vowel or the first letter of the word. Hints will cost you twenty gold coins — these coins are earned as you solve puzzle stages or pick up through in-app purchase.
Gameplay with Wordfix does start out somewhat easy with words like glue, menu and tusk. However, the game does increase in difficulty nicely and the timer can feel more like 10 seconds than 30. Overall, I can see the free Windows 10 Mobile title to choose when you need a little help passing the time.