Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Flavor's Random Pick: WordJong Nintendo DS

Gameblend Studios' hit, WordJong, has made its way to the Nintendo DS, and it's well worth playing! WordJong is like a cross between Scrabble and Mahjong. It plays like a solitaire version of Scrabble if you were to replace the challenge of landing on triple word scores (and the like) with that of drilling down through Mahjong tiles.

The result (Word Jong for the Nintendo DS) is a very enjoyable portable word game. If you like Scrabble, I don't see how you'd dislike this game. The "Daily Puzzle" keeps you coming back each day, and the "Temple Challenge" keeps you striving to improve your rank. These single-player modes are the meat of the game.

The multi-player (local Wi-Fi or hotseat) mode doesn't have an extensive set of options for different games, but you will see that even slight adjustments to the limited options do make for enough of a new experience. My only complaint about the multi-player is that it seems to always let the host player (the one that sets up the game) to go first. This can be a huge advantage depending on the options used.

There is an online Wi-Fi mode that I have yet to try. I have to assume that it's just like the local Wi-Fi mode, though.

I should also mention that there is a version of WordJong for the Nintendo Wii that was released last month, so if that's where you prefer to do your gaming, check it out. Both the Wii and DS versions have been getting good reviews, so I don't think you can go wrong either way. As you may have noticed, though, I'm partial to the handheld systems.

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