INDIE GAME REVIEW – Lexica is a casual word puzzle game developed d3t and published by Merge Games. You have to imagine you’ve bumped into something very special when a game is described as a mix of Sudoku, Crosswords, and Scrabble, all games which I enjoy (although numbers and I never got along). And the game delivers on this promise.
With almost 300 word puzzles spread across various packs and over 3 difficulty levels, Lexica delivers increasingly harder puzzles for you to beat each time.
“It also has a lot of achievements, so if you’re a Steam Achievement hunter, you’ll want to get all the ones this game has to offer”
The point of the game is to form words on a crosswords-like board by sliding the letters you are given across it. You can only slide them in certain directions in order to fill the spaces given, forcing you to think very well about where you use each letter in order to end up with actual English words horizontally and vertically. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, so don’t let the easy premise of the game confuse you. You’ll soon find yourself up for a challenge for sure, particularly as you reach the harder levels, some of which contain less frequently used words.
The bright colors (red and yellow) were not my thing, but I found I ended up ‘forgetting’ the stylistic choices that made it seem, in my eyes, more kiddy-friendly. It only goes to show you should definitely never judge a puzzle game’s complexity by stylistic choices. This said, it is a very mobile-friendly look, and it can feel a bit uncomfortable to play it on the computer. Despite this, it’s a very light game that I’ve found runs well on most computers.
“All the same, if you’re into puzzle games and word games, give Lexica a try!”
Lexica tracks all your progress providing you with stats at the end of each round on how fast or slow you’ve been and what your averages are, as well as gives you a rank. It also has a lot of achievements, so if you’re a Steam Achievement hunter, you’ll want to get all the ones this game has to offer.
But no good game is without its faults, and Lexica is no exception. The main downside of it is the lack of replayability. The levels aren’t random and as such, you have no real reason to go back and start over, as you’ll know all the answers by then.
All the same, if you’re into puzzle games and word games, give Lexica a try! Even if it’s a play-once deal, it offers enough levels and packs to make it worth your while.
Particularly recommended if you’re an advanced learner of English and are looking to improve your vocabulary! However, if your English isn’t so good, you might want to steer clear (or at least, wait for a sale and end up using a guide.)