These word game apps from Blue Ox Technologies are very popular and highly-rated, and as of this writing (on 7/19/16) they’re all FREE!
First up, it’s Moxie (4.5/5 stars, guidance suggested, currently FREE).
Moxie is all about transforming words into new words. You start with a hand of 52 letters that you go through “Solitaire” style. Place each letter on the board or “Pass”. If you “Pass” you can’t go back to that letter.
You score points by:
1. Making unique words with the letters
2. Transforming your words into other words by adding and replacing letters. For example: “TIN” becomes “TINE” which becomes “TILE” which becomes “TILED” and so on.
3. Spelling special “Moxie words” for bonus points
Once you spell a word and start transforming it into other words, don’t break the word chain! That’s a “Twaddle” and you’ll lose points.
There’s no time limit and while it helps to know a lot of words, Moxie will more greatly reward those who like to think strategically.
Red Herring (4.5/5 stars, guidance suggested, currently FREE) is another word game from the same developer, and it has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 3,900 Amazon reviews.
In this game you group words together by category. This app does have in-app purchases and ratings nags, but the first 50 puzzles are free and the ratings nags don’t interfere with gameplay or insert extra screens between puzzles. From Amazon:
How to play Red Herring:
1. Group words into categories.
2. Look out for the Red Herrings, pesky little words whose sole purpose is to mislead you.
3. Have fun!
Each puzzle has only one correct solution and there’s no time limit. Three difficulty levels make it suitable for the whole family.
Red Herring is FUN, CHALLENGING, and EASY TO LEARN. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if you can’t stop playing. Give Red Herring a try today!
7 Little Words (4.5/5 stars, guidance suggested, currently FREE). From Amazon:
If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, and anagram games, you’re going to love 7 Little Words!
Each bite-size puzzle consists of 7 clues, 7 mystery words, and 20 letter groups.
Find the mystery words by deciphering the clues and combining the letter groups.
7 Little Words is FUN, CHALLENGING, and EASY TO LEARN.
We guarantee you’ve never played anything like it before.
7 Little Words contains 100 puzzles that you can play for free.
Additional puzzles are available for purchase inside the app.