Slap Word

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Price: $.99

Publisher: Anthony LaMantia


Slap Word is basically an 11 level word search game without rules when it comes to making a word. You can go forward, backwards, and diagonal. This is starting to sound like the Wonkavator (Editor: For those not in the know, that’s Willy Wonka’s magical elevator). You can go in any direction at any time as long as the letters are connected (this isn’t entirely true but for the sake of the game it is). You can even jump over letters you have already used. It’s honestly a no holds barred word search game.

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Each level has a different difficulty. The first level for example doesn’t have a time limit, just a score limit. The second level has pop-ups that say you must spell a word backwards, or a word that starts with a “t.” The third level you must only spell colors and so on. You get the drift.

Slap Word is unpleasing on the eyes and ears. The backgrounds and graphics are unprofessional. There’s no apparent theme, visually or audibly. The music is a single song that’s constantly looped during menus and gameplay. The sound effects, the two I counted, are overused. With every move you make you will get one of those two sounds. Which by the way are the same sounds used in the menus.

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The gameplay controls are totally tap and drag based. But the letter tiles are so small that you experience difficulty dragging out the word you want. Many times, my tap and drags weren’t even registering on the game board. Remember what I said above about the letters having to be connected? Well, I made it to level 6 and was getting uninterested so I started sliding my finger around the board in no particular order and what do you know? The game was actually picking up words from letters that weren’t even connected, not even close. I passed the level in record time. Oh, and you can move tiles around by tapping and holding, then selecting another tile. Where’s the fun in moving tiles so you don’t have to look for words?

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There really isn’t anything that I like about this game. The controls are bad. The graphics and audio are bad. The overall game concept is all right, I guess. If you are still interested (and obviously don’t respect my opinion at all), Slap Word is $0.99.

Overall Value for it’s $.99 price point

Overall: Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Graphics: Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Sound: Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Controls: Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Rating: 2.0/5 (4 votes cast)
Slap Word, 2.0 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
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  1. Anthony LaMantia

    June 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Also I’d love any additional feedback anyone has on slapword and am of course going to continue updating it with new features, bug fixes as users request.. the game is only $0.99 cents I’d love it you tired it out.

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  2. Anthony LaMantia

    June 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I of course disagree with Josh Cox on the 1 star rating, but do admit that there are some minor problems that can be fixed.. in the next update I’ll be removing the possibility of 2 letter works and force for tiles to be adjacent (which i’ve actually had people comment on that being fun)

    most of the folks who tested the game for me didn’t have a problem with the letter selection and enjoyed the game… but either way it’s nothing that can’t be fixed up….

    as for the graphics I don’t think their horrible/unprofessional for a 1 man indie game.

    I’m not EA and don’t charge for the game like I’m not a independent developer…. that said this game wasn’t designed to be a 5 star game .. but more of a 3/3.5 star fun time killer … which from a lot of the feedback I get meets that mark. (minus a bug or to which are being updated out).

    anyway that said I will never meet the standards you have for a company like EA or GameLoft at least for some time and personally that’s something I’m proud of..

    as for slapword there’s a nice video of the gameplay here

    and it’s been featured on the indie game site along with many other great indie games from developers who put a lot of time and effort into your work.

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