[Nintendo Switch] Word Forward Review
Word Forward from Thalamus Digital is a minimalist puzzle game in which you must use all letters on a 5×5 grid to make words disappear to clear the board. Check our Word Forward review!
Word Forward from Thalamus Digital is a minimalist puzzle game in which you must use all letters on a 5×5 grid to make words disappear to clear the board. You don’t have to work on creating the longest word possible or the most-clever word. You do have to plan your moves since you’ll have to clear all the worlds on the grid so that you can complete the 500 puzzles that Word Forward has to offer. You need to make words that have at least three letters to be able to remove those tiles.
You can play Word Forward with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, or by using the console’s screen to tap and drag as you start by selecting a letter and stop when you want to submit the word you’ve formed. If you’re using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, you can move the cursor with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, pressing the A button to add or remove a letter for a word. You can press the X button to undo the word. Once you’re ready, you can submit a word by pressing the R or ZR buttons. You can also use the Y button for a swap token that allows you to switch around two letters on the grid. To earn more swap tokens, make words that have four or more letters in them.
You’ll start your time with Word Forward by instantly learning how to play, right from the first screen, which displays the letters S, T, A, R, T. As you can see, they form the word START, which you’ll have to submit to get going. Since this is a puzzle game, on top of the aforementioned gameplay mechanics, you’ll also be able to find a way to get rid of stubborn blocks that are getting in your way. How will you do this? By using bombs! There’s also a powerful swap modifier that can allow you to switch a letter on the grid to any other letter you wish, which can’t be abused.
You’ll have five modifier tiles in total at the bottom of the screen, two of which are new letters, one is the swap option, the other one is the jumble modifier which gives you random new letters to replace all remaining letter tiles on the grid, the swap modifier that makes it possible to pick any letter to substitute another letter on the grid, and the mighty bomb that can make a letter tile go boom. If you want to 100% the game, you’ll have to complete each stage with at least three of the five modifiers remaining so that you can get a gold star for your effort.
If you’re looking for a minimalist word puzzle to lose yourself in for short burst of gaming or for longer sessions, then Word Forward has a lot of content to offer, thanks to its 500 puzzles for you to solve. It has easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics and a good difficulty curve that will not overwhelm you. Word Forward is out on Nintendo Switch with a budget price of $4.99.
This Word Forward review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided from Thalamus Digital.