Since the backbone of any word game is its dictionary, we were perplexed as to why this necessity hadn’t evolved in the past 10 years. With player levels ranging from novices to Scrabble world champions, word game dictionaries consistently topped out at 8-letter words, offering limited capacity to challenge advanced users. When we began the development of Wordlings, one thing was clear, we needed to create a dictionary better than any currently in-market. By pulling in all existing dictionaries into one content ecosystem, we were able to cross-reference all words in the English language with their popularity of use, building the most robust word-game dictionary available. Boasting a range of up to 30 letter words, the level of challenge and depth of experience we could build grew exponentially.
With an advanced dictionary in the works, our attention shifted to the challenge of real-time, cooperative play. The overwhelming majority of word games are solo-play, with only one viable multi-player success in the market, Words With Friends, offering turn-based play. We became excited by the prospect of creating a word game experience that brought people together. Teams could challenge each other during meetings, dinner parties would turn into no-holds-barred word matches, and anyone connected in the same WiFi network could compete with a friend or foe in real time. But what about taking down your uncle in New Jersey, who just happens to be a New York Times CrossWord Puzzle whiz, and you’re in Portland? Players can challenge anyone in the US, in all 4 distinct modes of play, via turn-based challenges.
The player’s mission is to help the Wordlings…creatures from another planet who have conquered our language, then forgot it…unpuzzle our letters, words, and phrases, as they help you become the Master of the Word Puzzle Universe. As players move through the game they are encouraged to think flexibly and creativity about words. As words are unscrambled, Orbs are collected, which power-up Wordlings that help give a strategic advantage precisely when needed most. In addition to Orbs, tickets can be earned for hints and access to daily/weekly events and special tournaments.
Unique to Wordlings is Buddies Mode, which offers real-time competitive play via a shared WiFi network, versus traditional turn-based play that is found in most co-operative word games. With multiple buddy-play options and new content every day, the puzzles are infinite.
Wordlings leverages character collection, power boosts, and currency systems more purposely than most word games, allowing savvy players to use different Wordling characters strategically for different game mechanics. Also, unlike other word games, Wordlings has a modern art style, with flat design, geared to appeal to broad audiences.