Speed speller

Form words as fast as you can in this challenging puzzle game.

We love puzzle games, and all the better if there's something about them that engages our word nerd tendencies. Letter Blocks combines aspects of the puzzle game Tetris with the word-forming challenges of Scrabble. It's not perfect, but it is an awful lot of fun.

The game's interface consists of a grid of letters, which you must string together into words that are at least three letters long. Forming a word causes the letters used to disappear, making more room on the screen for the letters that drop from the top. The rate at which the letters drop is slow in the beginning, but much as with Tetris, they speed up as you advance to higher levels. The difficulty of forming words increases, too. The actual gameplay is easy to master, but the game gets pretty challenging at its higher levels. We were annoyed with some seeming inconsistencies in the game's dictionary; sometimes it accepted the plural forms of nouns, and sometimes it didn't. We were also bothered by the fact that the game itself seems to be hosted online, meaning that you have to have an active Internet connection play. At one point the game repeatedly refused to load, even though there was nothing wrong with our Internet connection. These functional problems kept us from loving Letter Blocks as much as we could have, but we still think it's worth checking out for lovers of puzzles and word games.

Letter Blocks installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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