Video Game Lexica (PC) (2014)

Lexica (PC) (2014)

Overview: In Lexica, the user is given letters which must all be used to fill the playing field with valid English words.

Easy.
Relevant Links:
Lexica (Steam Store Page)

20151227:
Today I played the first 12 easy puzzles and then tried my hand at the first medium difficulty puzzle and the difference was huge. I had trouble starting the darn thing!

Steam: 33 min (total game time)

20151228 AM Hours:
Getting home, I resumed the first medium puzzle an finally finished it. Then I either caught on to some technique or the game got easier, because I managed to complete the next eight medium puzzles.

The very first puzzle!
BANYAN - fig that starts its life as an epiphyte
DIPPY - stupid; foolish

Steam: 79 min (total game time)

20151228 Evening:
Today I resumed the first hard puzzle and surprisingly finished it!

OKAPI - giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa

After the third hard puzzle, I attributed the majority of my success by knowing common letter combinations and possible letter positions within a word.

There are eight pages for each difficulty!
(That's 96 levels per difficulty!)
FECUND - producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile.
BAILEY - the defensive wall surrounding an outer court of a castle.

Interestingly, going back to play some easy puzzles, I find them to be challenging in their own way.

SL - After finishing Puzzle 6 of Easy Pack 2, I googled "SL Lexica" and found a thread which confirmed my suspicion that 'SL' is not a word in the English language. What a strange error.
TRESS - a long lock of a woman's hair.

Steam: 2.3 hours (total game time; Easy: 19; Medium: 9; Hard: 5)

Requires a little trial-and-error. This is error.
Thoughts:
Pros:
+ Lots of levels
+ Automatic save system.

Neutral:
~ I got bored playing several levels in one sitting. This game would be best suited in its iOS app form where the user could play one or two puzzles a day (similar to doing a crossword in the papers).
~ As a word puzzle, the game requires decent knowledge of English vocabulary.

Cons:
- Lacks an undo button.

One letter left!
- Maybe the interface could have been improved slightly. For example, perhaps the game needs a way to keep notes.

Recommendation:
While I found the game fun and challenging, it lacked growth. As such, I reasoned that the best way to consume this game would be in short intervals.

As such, if you like word games and have a reasonably sized English vocabulary, then you might like Lexica, especially if you plan to only play a couple of levels every once in a while (there are a total of 288 levels - 96 for each difficulty).

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