If my iTunes Library had a list of the apps I use most often, Quordy would be at the top. Quordy is a Boggle-like word game that I play every day, more than Angry Birds or any other addictive game. My affection for Quordy isn’t a recent development. I have been playing Quordy for years on a daily basis.
What keeps me playing Quordy when other games come and go from my iPhone? I’m absolute rubbish at the game. That’s right. I am really, really bad at Quordy. So why don’t I just give up at Quordy? I’ve been playing it for years so I should be great by now, right?
Quordy is a black and white 4×4 grid of letters. You make a word by pressing on the first letter and dragging your finger along the other letters. As with Boggle, you can’t use a letter more than once and no proper names are allowed.
You have lots of game play options with Quordy, including
- Time limit: 1, 3, or 5 minutes or unlimited time
- Minimum number of letters for a word: 3, 4 or 5
- Dictionary: Lite, Full (Scrabble) or Safe (Full without profanity)
I will leave it up to you whether you want to use only clean words on your game. But the choice to use the Lite or Full dictionary is a tricky one. Using the Lite dictionary means your percentage of words found will be much higher but it gets frustrating when you find a word but it isn’t in the Lite dictionary.
I have tried pretty much all of the different combinations and have settled on unlimited time, 3 letter words and the Full dictionary. That is, I want the maximum word possibilities in the maximum time. I can focus on a puzzle for days trying to get as many words as possible. I end the game when I think I’ve found all of the recognizable words (the Full dictionary has plenty of words I have never heard of) on the game board. That’s my goal, to find all of the words I know on the board.
But no matter how much time I have spent on a game, when I look at the results inevitably there are obvious words I have missed. Every time!
I think the reason that I keep coming back to the game is that I love the lessons that this game teaches about life. One of the best features of Quordy is that the letters rotate when you turn the screen. The letters rotate 360° so you can have four different views of the letters. If you think you can’t find another word, turn the screen 90°. Then turn it again. And again. By getting a new perspective on the puzzle you will be able to see words you didn’t see before.
Here is an example of the letters turned 180°:
Here is the same board right side up:
See how different the two boards look? It’s as if you’re playing a new game.
For yet another perspective, try stepping away from the game. When you have looked at the game from all the different angles, close the game and open it back up again later. You will see words you didn’t see when you played earlier.
Other features include a Pass and Play mode where you can challenge a friend to play the same game. You can set up challenges with friends by passing your device to them or connecting your email accounts.
You can see your results and compare the words you found with the words you missed on the board. You can also earn badges for different achievements along the way.
Each board is different, some are loaded with words, others have very few words to find. Here is a sample board with 253 available words:
You can make 3 letter words such as cat, act, tot, out, or go for longer words such as satire, gutter, reactors, and sachet. The longer the word, the more points you earn.
- 3 and 4 letter words are 1 point
- 5 letter words are 2 points
- 6 letter words are 3 points
- 7 letter words are 5 points
- 8 letter words or longer are 11 points
Going for as many long words as possible will increase your score to new records. Try the game board above and see how many words you can get!
Why don’t I just play Boggle? First, Boggle doesn’t have the letters turn when I turn the screen (the entire board turns so you don’t have a new perspective). Second, Boggle doesn’t have all of the options for game play. Third, Boggle has lots of bright colors that make the game a battery hog. Quordy is a soothing black and white screen that means it needs less juice from the battery and it can be a great game to play right before you head off to sleep. Finally, Boggle requires that you shake the device to start a new game. Not good for late night playing.
Will I ever master Quordy? I hope not. I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to do better. And I have a long way to go.
Quordy is available from the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $2.99. You can check it out by clicking this link: Quordy in the iTunes App Store.
Do you enjoy word games? Do you have a favorite word game app you play frequently? Do you give up on a game when you master it? Let us know in the Comments section below!