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SpellTower+

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+

About SpellTower+

SpellTower+ is a great successor to a classic iOS word game. It adds five brand new modes, some new game mechanics, iCloud backup, new daily challenges, and more.

Teacher Review

SpellTower is a word game with a simple premise: there's a grid full of letter tiles, and you must spell out words with what you're given on the screen. But as you created words, new tiles would rise from the bottom of the screen, and if the letters went above the line at the top, then it's game over.

SpellTower is as much a puzzle game as a word game, with a growing grid of letters that needs to be strategically pruned and managed. Indeed, scoring a five-letter word is pretty tricky under these circumstances – a fact that’s driven home by the extra block-busting reward you receive for doing so.

And busting blocks really is important here. Each letter is a physical brick in a growing tower. Form a word and those bricks will smash, allowing the letters above to clunk down into place. It’s what makes SpellTower+ the most tactile word game on the block since, well, SpellTower.

While the core game is much the same as before, Gage has added a bunch of new flourishes and modes. Yellow letter blocks double your score, while blue blocks will wipe out an entire row of letters like a Tetris match.

New modes like Bubble Puzzle add interesting variables like the requirement to ‘pop’ bubbled letters with adjacent words before they can be used. Blitz ups the speed (and thus difficulty) significantly. Search, meanwhile, gives you a series of entertaining one-hit longest word tasks.

SpellTower+ is an addictive word game for everyone. It's beautiful and has a ton of different game modes for variety. It's the quintessential word game for iPhone and iPad.

 
 
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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Communication Skills
Reading

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Zach Gage

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Publisher's Description

The original best-selling mobile word game, reimagined!

Pick your words wisely! As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen! It'll take all of your lexicological wits, and tactical know-how to keep your columns down. If any letters make it to the top row, it's game over.

Classic modes Daily Tower, Tower, Puzzle, Rush and Zen are all back and packed with brand new BONUS TILES that double (or more!) word values.

Joining them is the brand new Search mode, plus ExPuzzle, Double Puzzle, Bubble Puzzle, and Blitz mode!

That’s eleven modes in all!

Plus iCloud Backup, Highscores reported for games even while in-progress, detailed statistics for every mode, Game Center leaderboards, and achievements.

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It’s pretty wild to be revisiting my first hit game, SpellTower. I can't believe it's almost 10 years since it released. The first iPhones it ran on had a 3.5 inch screen and 320 x 480 resolution! I literally did a double-take at that resolution when I looked it up.

A funny part about having a hit game is people talk to you about it. With SpellTower I heard about grandparents playing the game every morning to keep their minds sharp, parents playing it with their kids, expectant mothers playing it to get through morning sickness, and countless sightings of strangers playing it on subways, planes — even elevators.

I got into games because I wanted to connect with people in a positive way. I wanted to help people think critically and come away with more than they arrived with. Games felt like a way to do this on a huge scale, but the stories I heard from SpellTower players taught me that games do so much more for people than I ever expected.

I’m deeply grateful that SpellTower has been able to be something special for so many people, and I think that’s why so many people have shared it with friends, loved ones, and strangers on elevators.

Even though SpellTower is a game I made, it’s really barely mine anymore. The experiences and love I had for the game has been outstripped by its audiences a thousandfold. I thought a lot about all the experiences that people have had with the game when I was designing this new version. I hope it gives everyone who’s loved the game a reason to pick it back up again and share it amongst their friends and family.

-zach

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