Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Alternative word game that will hurt your head - in a good way

W.e.l.d.e.r. IOS

RATING: 8/10

An imaginative riff on the Scrabble theme, word game W.E.L.D.E.R. presents you with an 8x8 grid filled with random letters. Swap the letters around to make words.

Simple? It is until W.E.L.D.E.R. introduces reverse swaps, group moves and jumps. Then your head starts to hurt. In a good way.

Fiendishly addictive but lacks multiplayer and other play modes.

PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE SPECTRE'S CALL DS

RATING: 7.5/10

When all else fails, make a prequel. Nintendo faced the same dilemma as the makers of Assassin's Creed and took the similar ain't-broke-don't-fix-it option. This is the fourth outing for Professor Layton, the quintessential Englishman solving puzzles in quirky towns populated by oddballs.

The Spectre's Call is little different from its predecessors, save that it's set before the others. It's still the same mix of rambling conversations punctuated by brainteasers of the mathematical, logical or observational varieties. Slick and charming but needs a new direction.

ULTIMATE MARVEL VS

CAPCOM 3 X360/PS3

RATING: 7.5/10

A re-packaged, re-wired version of the intense tag-team brawler, UMvsC3, adds 12 new characters and a host of tweaks. Still frantic but if you bought the original it's not enough new to warrant a fresh investment.

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