Day 210: Scrambled Egzz

Posted: 2011/06/07 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #210, and today’s game is “Scrambled Egzz”.

Scrambled Egzz is a word game based around an egg theme. Letters (housed in eggs) drop from the top of the screen, and you mix and match them to create words. Eggs that you don’t use keep dropping, eventually cracking on the ground. It’s an interesting motif, and makes for an engaging game by offering up play that straddles the line between serious word play and the casual appeal of a game like XBLA-favourite Uno. A fantastic and unique multiplayer mode rounds out the game.

First, from the developer (CandelaCreations):

“Word solving puzzles for complete family fun, adults and kids alike. Unscramble from 3 to 7 letters, customize game play, go for casual game play or timed challenges. Includes 2 fun filled multi-player modes. Happy playing. NJoy!”

Scrambled Egzz offers a couple of singleplayer modes, which boil down to “normal” and a timed mode where you have to fight the clock. Its hardcore word enthusiast appeal is obviously there, but casual appeal is bolstered by the fact that smaller words still count for points (leaving remaining letters floating around, going ever-lower).

There’s also multiplayer on offer, which has the timed mode mentioned above but also an “outbid” mode. In outbid each player wagers how long a word they can make, in something like the reverse of “Name That Tune”. Whoever bids the largest amount gets the option to spell out a word from the available letters, but the longer the two players jostle for position the less time the winner has to actually spell out the word. Bidding highest, but then not managing to spell out a long enough word, costs you points.

The game has the customisation options you would expect (time limits, number of letters that drop from the screen, etc.). Some of the best word games on XBLIG cost 400 point, such as “Word Soup”, but Scrambled Egzz is 80 Microsoft Points making it friendlier to casual word game fans and those who have yet to try one. The multiplayer modes are also a very nice addition (Word Soup is singleplayer only). I’d recommend all word game fans at least give it a trial.

Click here to download “Scrambled Egzz”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.

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