I’m a fan of word games, whether it be Scrabble, Boggle or the recently reviewed Quarrel
So I was pleased to see that the makers of Quarrel – Denki Games – have released a new word game for your web browser called Denki Word Quest.
What Is It?
It’s Quarrel meets Zelda, as you travel through the land of Wordania, defeating Skeletons, Spiders, Cats and Bosses in a quest to rescue as much treasure and as many Princesses as you can.
Instead of landing damage in the traditional RPG sense – i.e. by using your turn to attack an enemy with a sword or magic – you must come up with as high scoring as word as you can with the six letters provided.
So for example, if your opponent has a life meter of 10, you’ve got to make a word worth at least 10 points. If you fail, it gets a turn to try to knock as many of your points off as possible.
Initially, you only have the ability to make words of 3 letters, but as you get more points, you can unlock the ability to make words of larger size, the maximum being 6 letters.
There are also other unlockables like the ability to give you more time to create a word (because you are battling against the clock), the perk of having the AI’s words scoring fewer points off your total and also increasing the chance of the AI ‘missing’ (i.e. coming up with an incorrect word).
There aren’t really any controls to speak of, as you keep moving along after you defeat each enemy. All you have to do is make the words.
I bought this yesterday and I’ve already finished it, but while you might think that’s a bad thing, I don’t.
For the three or four hours it took to get through the entire game, I was hooked, and with a price tag of £2.59, I see that as value for money. Put it this way; you wouldn’t have any problem paying that out for 10 seconds on a fruit machine, would you?
It’s a fun and addictive game with plenty of levels that tests your ability to make words from the letters provided.
As the quality of your opposition increases, you have to come up with better words to ensure you get through that level.
It also looks nice – with graphics and music playing homage to the Zelda series.
And if also has some nice humour in the way it describes how you defeat the enemy; it raised a chuckle to see the line “You dobbered the scary cat”.
But if I was going to criticise it, I would say that the same word options came up too many times. I lost count of the amount of times the anagram ‘Japers’ came up for an easy score.
It’s also not particularly difficult. I think I only had to replay one single level two or three times to defeat a boss. Other than that I had no troubles…but then I’m quite good with words.
I read Eurogamer describe it as a bit more simplistic compared to Quarrel, and that’s true, but we can forgive it that.
Denki Word Quest is a pleasant little game; a time waster, a quick gaming release at your PC.
It’s simple, it’s cheap and it’s addictive.
It’s not a long-term investment of course, nor does it have the depth of most games, but at £2.59, who cares?
You can try Denki Word Quest for free here and if you enjoy it, you have the option of playing on beyond the second level.