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Word Search by POWGI review for Nintendo Switch


Platform: Nintendo Switch
Also On: 3DS, Wii U
Publisher: Lightwood Games
Developer: Lightwood Games
Medium: Digital
Players: 1-4
Online: Yes
ESRB: E

I honestly have no idea how to even begin reviewing a game like Word Search by POWGI. Like….it’s a word search game. I’m going to assume that, conservatively, at least 99% of everyone reading these words has, at some point in their life, done a word search, and, as such, has an opinion on whether or not like they like doing them. Just take that opinion, and extrapolate it out to how you’d feel about doing word searches on your Switch.

I guess it’s good (or bad, depending on your point of view) that Word Search by POWGI faithfully recreates that feeling of searching for words in a grid. It would, after all, be pretty astonishing if Lightwood Games found a way to screw up that most basic of tasks. It seems like one of those things that would be impossible to screw up…but at the same time, I’ve seen how games like Scrabble and Jeopardy! have been completely butchered, so being able to faithfully recreate the simple joys of a word search counts for a lot more than you’d think.

Plus, Word Search by POWGI offers you a multiplayer option. Who among us has never done a word search, and thought to themselves, “This would be so much better if I was doing this with friends!”? I mean, I never have, but if I had, I suppose it would be nice to know I had that option.

Obviously, I’m not going to be all hyperbolic and claim that Word Search by POWGI is a GOTY candidate or anything. It’s a solid game, and nothing more than that. But sometimes, solid is good — particularly if you’re a word search fan and you’re just looking to to have 300+ puzzles on your Switch. It’s not going to wow anyone, but it does what it sets out to do.

Lightwood Games provided us with a Word Search by POWGI Switch code for review purposes.

Grade: B