As an individual with a lot of time procrastinating, err, wasting, err, playing video games for article research (yeah, that’s the ticket), Bookworm for the Nintendo DS or Nintendo Dsi was an easy purchase, especially at $19.99 from Target or Target.com or just about any electronics retailer. If you have some experience with online games, chances are you have heard of Bookworm, and maybe even played it. To play the game on the DS system, the console gets turned on the side, putting the touch screen on your right. The touch screen consists of a grid of letters. During the game the player makes words using letters that are touching each other via the touch screen of the DS.
For such a simple concept the game can be amazingly difficult. The “Classic” style of play allows for an unlimited amount of time to form words. Generally, the longer the word the more points you score. However, playing a few levels introduces the dreaded burning tiles. If those tiles reach the bottom of your grid, the game is over and your library burns down (terrible fate, huh?). Also in play are bonus tiles which amplify your word score, and the ability to jumble the grid to change letters around (I mean how many words can you make with the letter Z anyway?). The game is challenging, and can be very addictive just like situs dominoqq. As you continue to play, you will find yourself very eager to win and get the reward. Thus, this game is an amazing platform to entertain yourself and at the same time, challenge your gaming skills as well.
In “Action” mode, burning tiles appear far more often and spread to other tiles much more quickly. You have to have some serious spelling skills to succeed (dig that alliteration). This mode is not for the faint of heart, as you will lose often. However, you will have a great time playing.
The single card multiplayer mode pits players against one another in a race for a point level. You get a certain amount of time to spell a word. Cheating enthusiasts need not apply though, because both players get a different grid of letters to spell from (much to the disappointment of my nine year old). The only drawback to this multiplayer mode is the systems disconnect after every game. Which means going through the whole download software process again, not that it take a ton of time, but still a headache nonetheless. I was unable to test the multicard multiplayer capabilities, because I only purchased one copy of Bookworm for Nintendo DS.
The dictionary available in Bookworm for Nintendo DS is impressive, there are thousands of words at your disposal. That makes the game all about vocabulary, which makes it a writer’s and a parent’s dream. There are three save files available which is okay, but not outstanding for a game this simple. One thing I would have liked to see is an option to flip the screen so left handed players can have the touch screen on the left hand side, but for twenty bucks you can not really go wrong with Bookworm for Nintendo DS. Plus, you do not have to keep minimizing the game of the desktop of the computer so everyone thinks you are still working.