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Game Info:

Word Search by POWGI 
Developed by: Lightwood Games
Published by: Lightwood Games
Release date: March 29, 2018
Available on: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: Up to four online
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $7.99

Thank you Lightwood Games for sending us two copies this game to review!

Word Search by POWGI is a collection of 324 puzzles available on the Switch. You can play solo, online, or against other nearby Switch owners who have the game on their systems. While I was able to test out the wireless play, I haven’t been able to find anyone online to play against. Thankfully, there are plenty of puzzles to solve on my own.

There are twenty-seven categories with twelve puzzles in each one. The categories range from animals to sports. The number of words to find in each puzzle varies as some of them have over twenty and others have closer to fifteen. The words can be forwards, backwards, and diagonal.

Word Search by POWGI
Highlights:

Strong Points: Good collection of word find puzzles; option of playing with people online or nearby
Weak Points: Nobody playing online; touch controls 
Moral Warnings: Some Halloween levels with monster and zombie themed word finds

In the past, we reviewed puzzle games on the 3DS and the stylus was ideal for highlighting the found words. The Switch doesn’t have a stylus and I found out the hard way that using my finger as a substitute is not ideal. Fortunately, using the joysticks work much better. If you need to pause the game, the plus button will bring up the pause menu.

You can resume unfinished puzzles and the game will keep track of your completion time for each one. If you’re not happy with your time, you can replay the puzzle to improve upon it.

Wireless play is fun and allows you to complete a puzzle cooperatively. Whoever starts the wireless connection first will become the host and the second player will automatically join the game. The first uncompleted puzzle by either player will be selected and the match will begin. One player is assigned orange and the other player is purple. It's neat seeing cursors moving across the screen. As soon as a word is found by one of the players it is crossed off and tallied to the score of the person who found it. Though a score is shown, it's not mentioned at the end of the game and is treated as a cooperative effort rather than a competitive one.

Word Search by POWGI
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 14/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 97%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 8.5/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

This title is rated for everyone and is safe for people of all ages to enjoy. The holiday category has some monster and Halloween themed puzzles. On the flipside, the nativity puzzle has Christian words to find including Jesus and his earthly parents.

The background music is upbeat and pleasant to listen to. However, if you’re not a fan, it can be muted. The visuals are simple and effective. You don’t need astounding 3D visuals for word finds. I do like the puns at the end of each puzzle. After completing the computer themed one it had this one liner: “My keyboard got into a fight last night. Now it has a black I.” My daughter cringed when I told her that one.

Even the puzzles I don’t relate with are still fun to finish. My son who recently joined Cub Scouts can appreciate the Boy Scout badges puzzle. As a relatively new guitar player I enjoyed the guitar themed one and the “finger picking good” pun after completing it.

Puzzle lovers should consider adding this game to their Switch library. If you’re hesitant on parting with the $7.99, there is a demo available to try. However, if you’re hoping to find some multiplayer action, you may want to hold off for a sale. With over three-hundred puzzles to complete, there’s plenty to keep solo players busy for a while.

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