The newly released Word Quest Active Content Kindle app from CompuLab is the classic word search game, but with everything included. At first glance, it may appear simple, but even a quick play will prompt many a “Ah hah!” as you notice its many features.
First and foremost, this is NOT a fixed set of 100 “find the words in a grid” puzzles that you will delete after solving them. Instead, CompuLab has provided multiple groups of 50-80 related words (2500 words in all) and generates a new puzzle every time you play. As the cover says, there are literally millions of variations.
Next, there are five levels of play (with the cutesy but catchy names of Casual Classes, Apprentice Adventurers, Pro Pursuits, Expert Expeditions and Masters’ Missions). Generally these mean larger grids to search on, but in the case of Masters’ Missions, it also means searching for less words – on the premise that its harder to find them if there aren’t as many. Stats are tracked separately for each set of words at each level.
A large range of settings are available from the Aa (Options) button (or Menu -> Settings). For example, this is the first app we’ve noticed that implements full Screen Rotation support. This puts the words to the right instead of below the grid. Other settings control the Font Size and Style, Word Marking style, Timer on / off, obscure the Word List (so you can’t easily see what you’re looking for) and allow wrap from side to side while navigating.
The 10 pages of clearly written and well organized instructions detail some of the other features, such as faster cursor movement (including diagonally) by using the keys around S and double speed when combined with the shift key. This removes much of the tedium associated with ‘driving around’ the screen.
Last, but not least, are the hint and show solution Menu options for the frustrated puzzler.
Word Quest is an excellent new addition to this extremely popular category for the Amazon Kindle. Highly recommended.