Xandar Mob tells me their word jumble game called Lexathon is probably the best Android word game that ever was or will be. That’s a pretty bold statement, but after downloading and playing it, they might have a point. It was originally called Jumblee Words, but recently they rebranded it as Lexathon Word Jumble. The game is quite simple to play, but accomplishing the goal isn’t so easy. Each game consists of a 3 x 3 board of nine letters. The center letter is always the central letter. Your job is to find as many words as you can containing 4 or more letters with the central letter being one of them. Some jumbles only have about 30 or so words while others have as many as 160, but every jumble will contain at least one 9 letter word.
You get 60 seconds to start and you will gain 20 seconds for each correct word you find. You simply play until you either give up or time runs out. There’s a new feature that allows you to play untimed games, which is also nice. Scoring is based on the percentage of words found and the rate at which you find them. If you’re a person who likes to share your scores, you can do so via Scoreloop and see how you stack up against the rest of the world. You can also share your scores via Facebook.
The layout and UI of the game is simple. It’s just a matter of tapping on new game and then it’s just a matter of tapping the letters to make words. Lexathon tells you how many possible words you can find and lists all the words that you found so far. When the game is completed, you will not only get your score and percentage of words found, but you will be able to see the complete list of words you failed to find.
Over the weekend I tried Lexathon and I couldn’t put it down. I recommended it to my wife, who loves to play Scrabble, and she is now addicted as well. Scrabble fans will love Lexathon because it actually trains you for your matches.
- Timed or untimed modes
- User modifiable dictionary
- Word definitions – courtesy of Wordnik
- Global leader boards – courtesy of Scoreloop
- Post scores to Facebook
- Choose how long a game should last
- Shake to shuffle letters
- Google TV ready
- Ad supported
- Translations – German and Russian
If you’re worried about longevity, there are 100,000 puzzles to solve so I’m thinking that you will be okay in that department. The best news is that Lexathon is Free. It’s ad supported, but the ads are far from annoying. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. I hope to see you on the leader boards soon!!