Keeping the "Best apps for your Windows Phone" series going, today we turn our attention to the best word games available at the Windows Phone Marketplace. We've looked at the best free apps, photography apps, must have games, weather apps and must have apps. Now we take a gander at the games that test your spelling abilities as well as your powers of observation and speed.
Word games are a unique category in that they are great ways to pass long and short bits of time. Plus you might learn something along the way. We've compiled a short list of the Windows Phone word games we think top the charts. As with any of our "best of" lists, there might be one or two titles we overlooked. If so, feel free to speak up in the comments.
WPCentral's list of the best word games for your Windows Phone
Wordament (free): Wordament is an Xbox Live title started out as a humble independent game that was very impressive from the get go. Add Xbox Live integration and this boggle-styled game advances to a new level of gaming.
You are presented with a 4x4 grid of letters that you drag your fingers across, connecting adjacent letters to create words. You have two minutes to create as many three or more lettered words and you're competing against hundreds, if not thousands of players world wide.
Every game board has over one hundred possible words and after each round, all the word possibilities are revealed. If you like word games, Wordament is a must have app for your Windows Phone. If you don't like word games, Wordament might change your mind.
Wordament is a free Xbox Live app for your Windows Phone and you can find Wordament here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Trine's Hangman (Free/$.99): Simple way to describe Trine's Hangman is that it is an entertaining, highly addictive game for your Windows Phone. You compete on a World Wide leader board for ranking by solving hangman puzzles for score. You earn bonus points for consecutive puzzles solved.
Along with the online competition, you have a local, pass and play, two player version. Add 22 background pictures, five ringtones and a Live Tile that will take you straight to your gaming screen, Trine's Hangman leaves a fantastic impression. Trine's joins Wordament as a must have game for your Windows Phone.
Oh...one really nice feature with Trine's Hangman is that you can save your game progress on Trine's server so if you switch Windows Phones you won't lose your progress.
There are two versions are available for Trine's Hangman. You have Trine's Hangman (free) which is ad-supported and can be found here. If you don't want ad banners, there is Trine's Hangman Pro ($.99) that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Words by Post (Free/$2.99): We could have easily chosen Spell It or Alpha Jax (both quality games) for our scrabble-type game but we choose Words by Post because of its a cross platform feature. The game is available for your Windows Phone as well as the iPhone and Android platform which opens up the possibilities for more gaming opponents.
Words by Post is a turn based game of scrabble. Along with playing online, you can challenge a friend to a pass and play game. Words by Post also includes a chat feature and you can choose your opponent or let the game find a random opponent who matches your skill level.
You have two versions of Words by Post available at the Windows Phone Marketplace. A free ad supported version of Words by Post can be found here and a $2.99 ad-free version that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Word Search (Free): We've all played word search puzzles either from the dime store puzzle books or the Sunday Paper. The Windows Phone game Word Search brings ninety different categories of puzzles with three difficulty levels.
Your job is simple, find all the hidden words within the field of letters. Word Search has an auto-save feature should you need to leave the game before finding all the words. You then can pick up where you left off when you get a chance to play again.
Word Search is a free app for your Windows Phone that you can grab here at the Marketplace.
Word Mints (free): Much like Wordament, Word Mints has you trying to find words out of a grouping of random letters. Instead of a 4x4 grid, Word Mints presents you with six letters. Just tap on the letters to build the word and then the enter button.
The more letters you use, the more points. Word Mints is played in two and a half minute rounds against other players online to see who can score the most points. Word Mints has Facebook integration where you can build your profile, challenge friends and keep track of other players through Facebook.
Word Mints is a free, ad support game for your Windows Phone that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
So there you have it. While it may be a short list, these are the word games that stood out to us.
Yes, we probably missed one or two and this is where you guys and gals come into play. If you see something missing, it's not that we don't think the game is good we just have to narrow it down a little or we'd be here all day.
So if you see something that's missing or disagree with one of our choices, speak up in the comments.