Word Lanes

Rating Word Lanes - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Word Lanes

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is a word search puzzle app with experience enhancing graphics and sound. Players find words in grids by analysing the letters and reading the given definitions.

This app is available on Android and iOS. The game itself will appeal to children, but its use of in-app currency and advertisements means that parents and teachers should be careful how they set the app up on children's devices.

Word Lanes Review

What is Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles app?

The ever-popular word search puzzle forms the basis of Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles. Players complete hundreds of grids made up of letters and find words that match the definitions given at the top of the screen.

What we love about Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles.

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles adds layers of player reward and visual interest compared to standard paper-based word searches. The background graphics, animations, and music make the puzzle solving a soothing experience. The graphical flourishes and sound effects that a correct answer triggers encourage players to keep going.

What skills does it improve?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is not designed to meet any school-based curriculum objectives, but it does remind children of words, definitions and spellings.

What age is it appropriate for?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles as a game is both fun and entirely appropriate for children. No words or clues encountered during this review of Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles were cause for concern. The app's payment structure and third-party advertisements are features that adults purchasing this app for children's use should consider. These are detailed in other parts of this app review.

Is Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles easy to use?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles shows new players how the game works and what each of its options does. Navigating the app and playing the game is intuitive and smooth.

How will students benefit?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is a fun game that provides a good challenge but, unlike action games, it will not over stimulate children. Its presentation has a similar feel to a pure entertainment app, but it has the virtue of improving its players' vocabulary knowledge.

How will teachers benefit?

Games that are graphically rich, appealing to children and yet don't leave them too excited to change tasks are rare. Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is all of these things and has an educational aspect too.

What Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles can improve on?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles has been designed for mass-market use where a purchasable in-app currency is a commonplace payment method. In the classroom or on children's own devices, this could cause difficulties that parents and teachers should think about.

A purchase option that provides the excellent word search game, no advertisements and a different method of obtaining the power-ups would make all of the difference in this respect.

How much does Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles cost?

Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is free to download and play. It contains advertisements and has an in-app currency for triggering power-ups. These provide help to the user if they are stuck on a puzzle but using them is not essential to play the game.

What is included with the free version vs. paid?

Players can choose to buy coins in the app. The more they purchase at a time, the more they get for their money. There is also a one-off purchase that removes the advertisements from the game. It makes sense to remove the advertisements to improve the play experience. Players can still choose to watch video ads to gain extra coins, and they can connect to their Facebook account and invite friends to obtain more.

Is Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles safe to use?

The app nudges new users to allow tracked ads, although this is not compulsory on iOS, in line with that app store's new guidelines. The ads will still appear, but they will not be linked to the user's identity. The app encourages its users to watch video ads to earn more in-game currency.

While players do not have to spend the in-app currency, the possibility is always on screen. Particularly for children, an open-ended purchase option that helps them get past difficulties will be a difficult option to ignore.

The app promotes the use of users' Facebook accounts. None of these features is unsafe in itself, but parents and teachers must be aware that they can expose children to situations kids are not always mature enough to face.

Overall rating of the app

As you'll have seen in this review, Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles has two dimensions. The game is excellent. While suitable for adults' use, the payment structure, advertisements, and social media integration are features that parents and teachers must consider carefully. That isn't to say that parents and teachers should avoid this app, it is good fun and helps with vocabulary and spelling, but they will need to take care over how it is used, especially with younger children. Word Lanes: Relaxing Puzzles is a 4-star app.

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App Details



Android, iPad, iPhone





Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 3rd Party



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You can download Word Lanes on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Word Lanes app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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