Review: Spellspire Matches Wits and Wizards in Bold New Ways

What it is:

A role-playing puzzle game from game developer 10 Tons.

The game is out November 9 on Switch for $9.99.

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Alright, I’m going to be really honest here.  I watched the trailer for this game and thought it was going to be really stupid.  Sure, the art was cool and fun, albeit a bit kiddy, but spelling and role-playing wizards don’t exactly have much in common.

Well, apart from the pun of a wizard using spells… which I can appreciate.

So, in theory, not the best idea for a game.  It was likely conceived while the game devs were high and watching Harry Potter and saying something along the lines of, “What if, instead of casting spells, the wizards had to actually spell…ya know, like words?”

Full disclosure, I agreed to review this game because I’m a giant fan of 10 Tons, the game’s developer.  They did Jydge & King Oddball.  I’m glad I took a chance on it. I’m glad I took a chance on it because in practice, this game is actually a ton of fun to play.

You’ve probably played those games where you have to match colored crystals to attack or something, but this game takes it a step further by combining it with Scrabble.  In a nutshell, this game is simply about hammering out as many words as you can from a pre-selected assortment of 10 letters.  The longer the words, the more attack damage you do.  The wheel in the middle slowly counts down to the bad guy’s attack, and if your brain works faster than mine typically does, you can clear a floor without taking damage.  On certain boss levels, one hit means death, and your attacks do less damage, so you have to blaze through words in record time.

There are items you can pick up to help you along the way.  Some will give you long words or throw out random middle sized words, while others will freeze the attack wheel to buy you more time.

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Story:

A lowly mage must ascend to the pinnacle of a tower, defeating new monsters every floor you climb.

Controls:

The game is mostly played with the touch screen, allowing you to quickly pick and choose the letters you use to make a word.  The A button is used for selection purposes, as well.

Art/Animation:

The are here is a solid animated style, not pixelized, and very cartoony.  It works very well for the game, keep things lighthearted as you inevitably spell your way to death.

The music is also fun and upbeat, for the most part.

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Why you should play it:

People that love a great speed-run of Words with Friends but have no actual friends are primed for this game.  It’s not too expensive and there’s plenty to keep you coming back with 100 challenging levels of spelling doom.

 

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Let us know what you think of Spellspire in the comments section below!

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