Metascore
43

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Against similarly matched opponents, it's a tense, fast-paced contest, and it delivers an experience that's fairly unique to the digital format. For this mode, we'd pay the $10. [Nov 2007, p.94]
  2. Should be rubbish. Surprisingly isn't, though. [Jan 2008, p.94]
  3. 55
    A game that’s probably better left to pen and paper. The game offers solid variety and decent puzzle design, but at the end of the day you’re still doing with a controller that which is much easier and just as rewarding with a pencil.
  4. Word Puzzle is a nice title for those looking for a decent word search experience in videogame form and the added modifiers such as bomb timers and stringing words together for extra points is a nice idea to bring in a wider audience, but the constricted playing space that's just completely unwarranted really hinders the gameplay when you get to the later stages of the game with larger board types.
  5. 50
    Word Puzzle isn't a terrible game, and at 400 points it might have been OK. At 800 points though, it's basically a rip-off, and word-searches have been done much better before.
  6. Despite the descriptive accuracy of its title, Word Puzzle is too shallow to satisfy fans of word puzzles.
  7. If you’re a casual gamer and you're looking for some word search puzzles then maybe you could pick this up. It really doesn’t improve on the original and considering the original is paper and pen that’s quite shocking.
  8. Word Puzzle does a good job in presenting this kind of contest on the Xbox 360, but it also seems to be proof that perhaps not everything that can be done with pen and paper should make the leap to an electronic form; nor does the addition of arcade-like elements to a basic word game necessarily make it more compelling.
  9. If the game was a bit cheaper and clocked in at something like 400 points instead, it might be a bit easier to recommend – but for 800 points Word Puzzle will definitely need some more content released to stay afloat.
  10. There isn't much more to say about Word Puzzle. It is your Sunday newspaper's word search with a little extra incentive and competitive play thrown, but the gameplay isn't as good.
  11. Maybe there is a very small demographic of people who love Egyptian-themed music and are obsessive-compulsive enough to only want to play one type of puzzle endlessly. If so, then Word Puzzle was made for them. Otherwise, save your points, save your time, and save yourself the headache.
  12. Word Puzzle for Xbox Live should be avoided, simply because you will typically find more enjoyment from the pen and paper variety.
  13. See, as the puzzles get bigger, you're actually forced to scroll them onto the screen, which will slow you down even more. Save your $10 for something more worthwhile. This isn't even a decent time-waster.
  14. About as much effort was put into making this game fun as was put into coming up with a creative title. Why anyone would pay for this is the real puzzle....
  15. Word Puzzle is an annoying, lazy, and boring game, and gets a definitely do not buy from me.
  16. Pointless, rubbish. [Issue 28, p.118]

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