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Mixups by POWGI review for PS4, PS Vita


Platform: PS4
Also On: PC, PS Vita
Publisher: Lightwood Games
Developer: Lightwood Games
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: No
ESRB: E

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Lightwood Games? What’s that? I have, just a few weeks ago? Well…now that I’ve played Mixups by POWGI, I guess it’s time for me to say it again.

Of course, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I’m enjoying Mixups so much. After all, it was included in last year’s Word Puzzles by POWGI on the Switch, which I also loved. Just about my only complaint is that, this time out, it’s the only puzzle on offer, rather than as part of a group of five other word games.

Actually, that’s not true. If I’m being totally honest, Mixups was maybe my fourth-favourite game out of those six — at best — and playing it again here, I’m reminded of how frustrating it can sometimes be. You’re given a batch of letters, and out of that batch you have to find three words connected by a common thread. While occasionally the solution is easy, sometimes the solutions seem a little obscure — like, maybe I’m just betraying my botanical ignorance, but when I’m trying to find “Sweet Things”, “William” doesn’t seem like an even remotely obvious. It’s also not uncommon for puzzles to include letters that form other, equally valid words, and it can be frustrating to figure out exactly what the developers are going for as you guess.

But whatever momentary feelings of frustration I had while playing Mixups were more than outnumbered by how much fun I had overall. Even without the other five games Word Puzzles had, it’s still a worthwhile purchase if you’re the sort who plays word games — and I am, which means (like most of Lightwood Games’ other offerings) I can’t get enough of it.

Lightwood Games provided us with a Mixups by POWGI PS4/Vita code for review purposes.

Grade: B