Spelling and Word Games for Android and iOS

With many action and adventure games, you will often find yourself switching off and going into auto-pilot mode often but the rich selection of word games and spelling-for-fun apps available today will actually make you reach deeper into your brain, exercising your language centre and challenging you to be more creative with your spelling and word selection, even when you put the game down and continue with your everyday life.

If you perhaps cannot decide (or don’t wish to dedicate lots of your time trying to work out) which of the dozens of spelling games out there are most worthy of your time and brain power, then this Best Spelling and Word Games round-up review will take you on a tour through the best that today’s developers have to offer. From the ubiquitous Words With Friends 2 to the addictive Spell Tower and even some more academic-feeling apps such as Ultimate English Spelling Quiz, you are sure to find a spelling or word game here that takes your fancy.

Spelling Master

Spelling Master

Not all apps can have the flash or polish of Words with Friends. Spelling Master is a comparatively simple, concisely-presented spelling app with a basic yet effective design. Its mechanic is simple: just listen to the various words narrated out loud, look at their dictionary definition on the screen, and spell.

Its note-board-like menu feeds you options such as taking a spelling quiz, dissecting the mistakes you have made with the “Review Your Mistakes” section, and practising your previous mistakes in order to improve. The design may be a little rudimentary for some, but you’ll learn to spell over 400 words, and better still, the app is free.

Ultimate English Spelling Quiz

Ultimate English Spelling Quiz

Another spelling app with an uncomplicated, no-fuss design, Ultimate English Spelling Quiz offers you the chance to spell your way to leader-board success as you progress through its increasingly challenging tiers of difficulty.

Much of the fun comes from selecting the correct answer to the various spelling questions, with the correct answer hiding amongst some inaccurate or incorrectly-spelled iterations of the word in question. This is a good app for spelling progression since you must score highly to unlock the next tier. There are 8 spelling quizzes, with bonus quizzes and ones covering synonyms, antonyms, plurals, foreign words, and more. The ads feel somewhat unavoidable and intrusive; however, the game is still free and despite a basic design, it gets the job done.

Spell Tower

Spell Tower

SpellTower is another tile-based word game, this time with a nicely polished appearance and several modes to challenge your word recall in various contexts. Think of this app as a hybrid experience that amalgamates the pattern-matching, vertical-gameplay elements of Tetris with the word-finding, adjacent-letter constraints of Boggle.

The app has several modes, with Tower Mode being the main thrust of gameplay, allowing you work without time pressure to identify and rid the screen of various words that are contained within a jumble of letters. Puzzle Mode continues to add letters to the screen until it is full, and the multiplayer battle mode allows you to pit your skills against other players.

Words With Friends 2

Words With Friends 2

The Words With Friends series of games is so popular that it barely needs an introduction and is perhaps one of the most fun games to learn new english vocabulary out of the top list that reknowned English teacher Andrew Biggs reviews and ranks at his website. This is another Scrabble-like experience, only with a game mechanic that allows players to take advantage of multiplayer functionality, playing word games with their friends.

Zynga’s highly polished Words With Friends 2 retains all of the features of the original – the ability to play tile-based word-making puzzles with dozens of games happening in parallel – while adding features such as solo challenge events, a time-pressured Lightning Round, and a fresh new user interface. This sequel has managed to retain its existing fan base with its classic gameplay while offering enough new features to please them and any new players that wish to engage in its addictive action.

Bubble Words

Bubble Words

Bubble Words is another nicely-polished, tile-style word game that will train your brain to construct words from a selection of on-screen letters. The game’s playful aquatic design has you picking out words from random letters under the sea. The longer the word you construct, the more points you receive for your efforts.

Marketed as a family-friendly, fun, and relaxing experience, Bubble Words certainly fulfils this brief, with its calming, bubble-based approach being a welcome departure from the standard tile games out there. Other features include the ability to challenge your friends, online and offline play, and multiple language options.

Jumbline 2

Jumbline 2

Jumbline 2’s action feels like a reasonably fresh take on the word game genre, with its design being clean and professional as well as the gameplay offering up something a little different. The gameplay involves unscrambling jumbled letters on the screen, with the challenge of finding all the possible word combinations (of varying length), underlining them to confirm, and moving on to the next one.

The game offers timed and untimed modes (depending on whether you feel like being under pressure or not). New features in this sequel include a cloud-popping mode and Star Tower, the latter being an addictive mode that has you struggle to build a word tower that is rapidly falling to the ground.

Words Story

Words Story

Words Story is an entirely original format in the spelling and word game genre, offering up a story-based journey through spelling and puzzle-solving. The action involves a man being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, with you, the player, being asked to help him escape. You will aid the man’s escape from prison by solving largely word-based puzzles.

The game doesn’t have a time limit so there isn’t any time pressure to speak of, but the content is rich: 1000 stages of word-funding, puzzle-solving fun. The stickman-style design also keeps things simple while offering a refreshingly varied experience when compared to the seemingly infinite conveyor belt of tile-based games out there.

Cody Cross

Cody Cross

Cody Cross isn’t just a find-the-word game sitting amongst thousands of others like it. This is a game that really makes players think about its puzzles. Blending elements of trivia and logic/reasoning puzzles, CodyCross is named after its central “character”, an alien that crash lands on earth and takes you through a journey of crosswords, brain games, and a variety of word games.

This sort of collection of games with varying formats is difficult to find elsewhere, with most of the content being available for free. There is the option to pay for a subscription to expand the content, but the game is hugely enjoyable even when played for free.

Word Stacks

Word Stacks

If you enjoyed the wildly popular Wordscapes, then Word Stacks is likely to appeal to your desire for word-based games and challenges. The gameplay involves progressing through increasingly challenging tile-based word puzzles, taking the form of a glorified words-search. You are challenged with identifying and selecting various words from the stacks of letters on the screen.

There are hints to get your brain going, and you can even pull up the definitions of the words that you identify, ensuring that the game has the potential to be an educational experience as well as one simply used for recreation. The design is very similar to Peoplefun’s Wordscapes, with just enough variation in content and stack-based mechanics to warrant this game’s existence as a separate entity.

Words of Wonder

Words of Wonder

Words of Wonder’s design is substantially like the ever-popular Wordscapes, but its approach is slightly different. Here you are challenged to identify and construct words of increasing length from the letters inside a circle on the screen. Each word forms part of a wider crossword puzzle, requiring you to make logical connections between the various words, making this game much more logic-based than simply finding and identifying words from jumbled letters.

Word Breaker

Word Breaker

If you ever get stumped by any of the word games you play, Word Breaker is almost certainly going to help you get ahead of the game. This is a helper app that can un-jumble any anagram you throw at it. Its most impressive feature is the Board-Solver mode, where you take a screenshot of a tile-based game that is puzzling you and it will attempt to solve it. This is an extremely impressive piece of helper software whose £1.99 price tag is reasonable given its features.