Like to challenge yourself with word games? There’s a few good ones to be played on PlayStation 4.
Playing a word game might not be the optimum way to use your PlayStation console, but sometimes challenging your brain with something different is a great way to relax on an evening. You might have had enough of shooting baddies or collecting power-ups. Engaging your brain with a word game can be the perfect antidote. And while there aren’t many on PS4, there are enough to ensure word game fans will find something they like.
We’ve rounded up five of the best word games on PS4 right here, all ready to put your vocabulary to the test.
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Rather than being a straight-up word game, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey combines wordplay with combat. Presented with a grid of letters, you’ll need to make words to damage your opponent. The longer your word is, the more powerful your attack will be.
It also packs in RPG features, like the ability to upgrade your equipment, purchase potions and more. It means that there’s much more to Letter Quest than simply finding words, adding more longevity than your standard word game. It’s a very nice twist on the format, making it one of the best word games on PS4, suitable whether you’re an avid wordsmith or simply looking for something slightly different.
Word Wheel by POWGI
POWGI has a lot of word-based games on PS4. There are wordsearches, word-based sudokus and more, but one of our favourites is World Wheel. This challenges players to find as many words as they can from a wheel of nine letters. Each wheel has one letter in the middle, which must be used in every word you make. Other letters can only be used once.
Word Wheel by POWGI is a level-based game. There’s 100 levels in total, each with a unique wheel, with new words to be found. That makes for plenty of word game fun, particularly if you challenge yourself to find every single word in each level. It also supports multiplayer play, challenging up to four players to see who can find the most words, for a bit of healthy competition. It may be simple, but sometimes that’s all it takes to make one of the best word games on PS4.
Like Letter Quest, Spellspire combines combat with spelling to create a fun mash-up that also challenges your vocabulary. Spellspire‘s unique twist is that each defeated set of enemies sees you move up one level of the titular ‘Spellspire’; the higher you climb, the harder each encounter gets. If you fail, it’s all the way back down to the bottom. So: how far can you climb?
Once again, Spellspire challenges you to come up with words from a grid of ten letters. You can only use each letter once, and the longer your word is, the more damage you’ll do to your opponent. A bit of strategy may be involved here; if you’ve found a ten-letter word, maybe you’re better off saving that for a tough enemy rather than using it on the weak grunt who’s currently in front of you? We do love titles that twist word games in with other genres, and Spellspire is one of the best.
Boggle is an all-time classic when it comes to word games, and thankfully the PS4 version is amongst the best. This is available as a standalone title or as part of the Hasbro Family Fun Pack: Super Edition, which also includes Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Monopoly and Battleship. But it’s just Boggle, the word game of the bunch, that we’re interested in here. If you’ve never played, Boggle presents you with 16 lettered dice. Using the face-up letters, you’ll need to come up with many words as you can – but you can only string together letters that touch side-by-side or diagonally.
So, using the picture above as an example, ‘hands’ or ‘boxes’ would be valid words, because all of those letters touch in order. But ‘wands’ wouldn’t work as the N and the D don’t touch. You score points based on how long each word is, and if you’re playing with friends (which you can do locally or online), you’ll be rewarded for finding unique words nobody else found.
Here’s another all-time classic, perhaps the king of all the word games. Strangely, though, Scrabble isn’t available to purchase on the UK PlayStation store. You’ll need to have a North American account if you want to play Scrabble. If you can buy it, though, it’s well worth picking up, particularly if you enjoy playing against others.
This digital version of Scrabble does allow you to challenge the computer, though, if you prefer single play. Like the traditional board game, you’re given seven letter tiles, and it’s up to you to make a word out of them. You’ll need to place it on the board, and each new word must touch or intersect another. Each letter has its own score, so the rarer the letter, the more points you score. Kill it with those words including ‘Z’s or ‘X’s!