We have to admit, it took us way longer than necessary to test BanderSnatch...because we couldn't stop playing it. Part Tetris, part Scrabble, BanderSnatch is a simple game that's surprisingly addictive.
The program's interface is nothing to write home about, but it's easy to understand. Round tiles containing letters fall against a green background, and as they accumulate, users create words from adjacent tiles. Users can either click on each letter or drag the mouse through the letters. Once each word is accepted, it disappears. Each letter has a point value, much like in Scrabble, except that the values of each letter are multiplied to get the score for each word. The letters keep falling, gradually increasing in speed, and users must quickly create words in order to make space for the accumulating tiles. As in Tetris, once the letters reach the top, the round is over. Users start with three lives and the game is over once all the lives have been played, but new lives are accumulated with each 2,000 points the user scores.
There's not much to the game, but it's challenging and fun to play. The program contains several options, such as the ability to turn sounds on and off, and, in the paid version, select between two different dictionaries. The Help file is well-written and contains useful tips and strategies. The trial version of BanderSnatch has a 12-round limit. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.