Do you like word games? Do you enjoy playing games that have your brain thinking in new ways to solve puzzles? Do you like things that are free? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions then Alphabetty Saga may just be the game for you! Developed by King, the creators of Candy Crush Saga, a game so addictive that people have lost their lives from forgetting to eat, drink, bathe, or sleep from being so absorbed in the game. (Not actually, but it is REALLY REALLY addictive) King has moved past their candy crushing ways to create a new, free to play word game where you will join a threesome of mice on their quest to find and collect as many new words as they can in order to complete the encyclopedia of everything! As cheesy as this may sound (No pun intended), the game is quite intuitive and fun, featuring over 100 levels of word finding fun! It is also currently the number one free game on the Google Play store!
The goal of the game is to link together letter tiles that are arranged in a grid in order to create words and achieve a certain score or to reach a different objective in a set amount of moves. Each letter tile has a number score assigned to it and the longer the word and the harder the letters are that are in the word, the higher the score. As you progress through the levels, there will be new power-ups and objectives that are introduced to you.
There are over 100 levels in Alphabetty Saga at the moment and that number is increasing with each update to the game. If you are somehow able to beat all of the levels in this game then I salute you, you are a true word genius. But if you are a mere mortal like the rest of us playing this game then the amount of levels provided should be more than enough to keep you preoccupied for a very long amount of time.
The game can be connected with your Facebook account which is a very simple process that only takes a few taps. Once you do this you will allow you to compete with your friends to see who can achieve the highest score on the leaderboards and you will also be able to bug your friends to send you extra lives once you run out.
The first few levels are quite simple, teaching you the basics of how to play the game and introducing the different power-ups to you. After that the levels begin to increase in difficulty and the shapes of the grids become more and more complex, making it harder to connect words.
In Alphabetty Saga you are given five lives. Every time that you fail to complete a levels objective you will be given the option to either spend gold (the in game currency) to increase the amount of turns you have or accept defeat and lose a life. the lives work on a timer based system where after a set amount of time they will regenerate, although if you run out of all 5 of your lives it is game over and you will not be able to play anymore levels until your lives are restored.
There are a couple different power-ups in the game and they are displayed in the lower left hand side of the screen by small colorful icons when you are playing the game in portrait viewing orientation and in the lower right hand side when you are playing the game in landscape viewing orientation.
Shuffle: This power-up does exactly what it sounds like, it shuffles up the grid of letter tiles. This can be incredibly useful if you cannot find any words that you recognize in the jumbled mass of letter.
Turn Booster: This power-up gives you an extra five turns which can help a lot when you are just a few points or words short of finally beating that level that has had you stumped for ages.
The power-ups are given to you in small amounts at the beginning of the game, you will earn more by beating levels throughout the game but if you run out, more can be purchased using the bars of gold that are used as the in game currency. Most levels can be beaten without using the power-ups so you may want to do your best to beat the easier, early levels without using them so that you can use them to save yourself later in the game once you reach the more complex levels.
Alphabetty Saga is currently sitting at version 1.0.7 and works on both phones and tablets although it requires that you have an android device running at least android 2.3 gingerbread or later or an ios device running at least ios 5.1.1 or later, giving it a very large pool of devices that it is compatible with.
There are several different in app purchase options in Alphabetty Saga that can be used to help you out when you need it. Instead of having separate in app purchases for the power-ups, lives, and gold, the developers simplified it, making gold be what is used to get more power-ups and lives and therefore only having one kind of in app purchase to worry about. There are six different levels of gold purchases that can be made. There is a $0.99 option that will give you 10 bars of gold, a $1.99 option that will give you 21 bars of gold, a $4.99 option that will give you 55 bars of gold, a $9.99 option that will give you 125 bars of gold which is the most popular option according to the app, a $19.99 option that will give you 259 bars of gold, and finally a $59.99 option that will give you a whopping 810 bars of gold which is the overall best value of all the purchases as it gets you 26% more gold than you would get from buying the $0.99 option 60 times.
Alphabetty Saga Cheats and Tips
Due to the random nature of the game, it is not very easy to cheat, although there are several strategies to help you succeed more often.
Be sure to pay attention to what your objective is and how many turns you have left. Always use your turns wisely and try to stay away from smaller, easy words such as dad, or cat, because these will give you less points and open up much less space on the letter grid then words such as magical, or caterpillar.
When you are linking the letter tiles together they will turn green when you have formed a valid word, but instead of getting all trigger happy and submitting the word, keep moving your finger to other letters that are around the ones you have linked to see if there are any ways to possibly enlarge the word you have. The difference between magic and magical could be the difference between winning and losing a level.
If you are completely stumped and cannot seem to find any words in the jumbled mess of letters, try swiping around and see if you can get anything to light up green. If you don’t make a move for long enough the game will give you hints and point out some words for you. If after all of that you still can’t seem to find any words then it may be time to break out one of those jumble power-ups that you have been saving for this exact moment, assuming you didn’t blow them all on some of the easier levels.
Alphabetty Saga Review
I personally thought that the user interface was very visually appealing and definitely not too overwhelming for anybody who may be new to mobile games. The buttons were laid out in easy to access areas of the screen and it was pretty simple to figure out how everything in the app functioned. The medieval themed backgrounds added a nice touch to the game and put something that was nice to look at behind the relatively plain and boring letter tiles. The mouse characters are cute and not too annoying or obtrusive unlike some characters in other mobile games. Alphabetty Saga’s soundtrack was also put together very well, with relaxing tunes that are much better than some of the soundtracks to other games that will give you a headache or make you want to hurl your phone or tablet across the room. (Not recommended)
The game play is incredibly fun and will keep you coming back for more. the levels are all different enough that the game doesn’t get repetitive, simple enough that you won’t get frustrated and quit, but challenging enough that you won’t get easily bored with the game. The lives system and free to play model can prove annoying at times, but thankfully this game can easily be played and enjoyed without having to spend a dime of your hard earned dough. There are also no intrusive ads in the game which is a rare thing to see among free apps nowadays.
I’m not usually a big fan of word games but after playing with Alphabetty Saga for a little while, I can definitely see why this is the most popular free game on the Google Play store. I have kept coming back time after time because I have found the balance between challenge, simplicity, and uniqueness to be a very entertaining experience that I highly recommend to anybody looking for a new game to help waste some time when you’ve got nothing else to do. (Or something you need to do but just don’t want to) I also really found it refreshing how this is a free to play game that doesn’t push you constantly to make in app purchases.
Artwork: I give Alphabetty Saga a 9/10 for its artwork. The fun graphics really help bring the game to life without being too bright or distracting. The characters of the game are cute and add a nice personal touch to the game.
Music and SFX: I give Alphabetty Saga a 7/10 for its music and SFX. The music is nice and relaxing, although it can get a little repetitive at times if you are playing the game for long periods. The sound effects add a good amount of pizzazz to the game without being too annoying.
Story and Originality: I give Alphabetty Saga a 7/10 for its story and originality. There are countless free to play word games available on any of the major app stores so not a whole lot new was introduced there although the story of the mice trying to find words to add to the encyclopedia of everything adds a nice sense of purpose that other word games are lacking. Instead of just mindlessly finding words you are helping a trio of rodents on their quest for words!
General Gameplay: I give Alphabetty Saga a 9/10 for general gameplay. The game is smooth to play and isn’t hard to figure out once you get started. It is an incredibly enjoyable experience overall and it is quite hard to put down once you get into it. My only problem with the gameplay is the free to play design of the game which has never been something that I have been a fan of although it is not nearly as bad with the in app purchases as some other games can be.
Addictiveness: I give Alphabetty Saga a 10/10 for addictiveness. Like I have stated before, this game is very hard to put down once you start playing! Even though I have never been a huge fan of word games, I find myself coming back to this game when I need a way to pass ten minutes. But don’t just take my word for it, it has millions and millions of downloads for a reason!
Overall, I give Alphabetty Saga an 8/10