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Description: (Word Puzzler) Dig to craft words and items, fight monsters, solve puzzles, and find treasures!
Play: Web Browser (HTML5) | Android App (free) | Android App (paid)
Dev notes: I wanted to come up with a unique word game mechanic (i think i ended up coming up with three!). The new challenge here is making words when you can only see ahead one or two letters at a time. So, you have to decide whether to play it safe with shorter words or risk building a longer word that will score much higher but you may not get the letters you need to finish it. As I looked for a theme for the game, I stumbled upon the idea of a dwarven mining adventure which lead me to this idea that you could craft helpful inventory items by making words relating to the items. For example, making the word SWORD or FIGHT, crafts a weapon. There are hundreds of words to discover that will craft things. Then, thinking the game was still a little bare, i tried adding a mini word puzzle to unlock treasure chests. I did a simple scramble mechanic that sort of resembles a combination on a lock but with letters. It is actually my favorite part of the game and I haven't seen anything like it before. So all in all i am happy with the game mechanics. Not sure if it is fun or not. I wonder if i should have done something more goal based with levels and such instead of just a dig down as far as you can and score lots of points challenge. Anyway, any and all feedback is appreciated. thanks!