Application: WordFactory

April 9th, 2010

WordFactory is a mix between Tetris and Scrabble.

Like Tetris, the objective is to position falling tiles so that they clear from the playing board, but to clear the tiles you must, like in Scrabble, make words.

Words can be of 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 letters in length.

Features

  • 50,000+ word dictionary
  • 3 game modes
  • 3 difficulty levels
  • Left-hand and Right-hand game user interface
  • Different colored Power Letters that either clear extra tiles form the board or allot bonus multipliers
  • Words can be created horizontally, vertically, and both forwards and backwards
  • 28 different achievements to accomplish
  • Game progress automatically saved
  • "Ghost Tile" shows you where the current letter tile will end up
  • Cascading. When a word is created, any tiles above will fall down to fill the void left.
  • Universal App. Designed for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices
  • Retina Display enabled

Game controls

To move a tile horizontally, drag your finger (or thumb) left and right anywhere on the screen.

To drop a tile into place once you have it aligned, use a "flick" downward gesture.

Game Modes

MARATHON

Play to create as many words as you can. You advance in levels when you reach the "goal" number of words for that level. As you advance in levels, the letter tiles fall faster and faster.

TIMED

Race against the clock to create the "goal" number of words before the timer expires. If you complete the level in the alloted time, you advance to the next level.

CASUAL

Take a break from the pressure of the Marathon or Timed game modes and leisurely create words from the tiles that appear. In the casual game mode, the tiles do not fall at all. You drop them into place at your own pace.

Power Letters

  • Green letter tile clears the entire row or column (depending on the direction of the word created)
  • Red letter tile allots a 10x bonus to the word(s) created
  • Yellow letter tile allots a 50x bonus to the word(s) created
  • Purple letter tile allots a 100x bonus to the word(s) created
  • White tile clears the entire board

Game Options

  • Music volume slider will adjust the background music volume (if you have your iPod playing when you start the game, the background music will be disabled). The option takes effect immediately.
  • Sound FX volume slider will adjust the sound effects volume. This option takes effect immediately.
  • Difficulty Level radio buttons will change the minimum number of letters that can be used to create a word. This option only takes effect on the next new game started.
  • UI Switch will adjust the game UI to flip for either right-hand or left-hand use. This option takes effect immediately.

Difficultly Levels

You can choose the minimum length of word the game will allow you to create: 3 (easy), 4 (medium), 5 (hard)

Achievements

endurance_1.png Endurance I
Get 100 words in a single game.
endurance_2.png Endurance II
Get 200 words in a single game.
endurance_3.png Endurance III
Get 400 words in a single game.
endurance_4.png Endurance IV
Get 800 words in a single game.
dedication_1.png Dedication I
Get 1,000 words total.
dedication_2.png Dedication II
Get 10,000 words total.
dedication_3.png Dedication III
Get 100,000 words total.
dedication_4.png Dedication IV
Get 500,000 words total.
hopelessly_addicted.png Hopelessly Addicted
Get 1,000,000 words total.
looney_bin.png Looney Bin
Get 10,000,000 words total.
speed_freak_1.png Speed Freak I
Complete a level in less than 90 seconds.
speed_freak_2.png Speed Freak II
Complete a level in less than 60 seconds.
speed_freak_3.png Speed Freak III
Complete a level in less than 30 seconds.
variety_pack.png Variety Pack
Get one each of 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 letter words in a single game.
apprentice_1.png Apprentice I
Get five 4-letter words in a single game.
apprentice_2.png Apprentice II
Get ten 4-letter words in a single game.
apprentice_3.png Apprentice III
Get twenty 4-letter words in a single game.
apprentice_4.png Apprentice IV
Get forty 4-letter words in a single game.
apprentice_5.png Apprentice V
Get fifty 4-letter words in a single game.
journeyman_1.png Journeyman I
Get five 5-letter words in a single game.
journeyman_2.png Journeyman II
Get ten 5-letter words in a single game.
journeyman_3.png Journeyman III
Get twenty 5-letter words in a single game.
journeyman_4.png Journeyman IV
Get thirty 5-letter words in a single game.
artisan_1.png Artisan I
Get five 6-letter words in a single game.
artisan_2.png Artisan II
Get ten 6-letter words in a single game.
artisan_3.png Artisan III
Get fifteen 6-letter words in a single game.
master_1.png Master I
Get five 7-letter words in a single game.
master_2.png Master II
Get ten 7-letter words in a single game.