Lightwood Games has been offering word-based puzzle games for quite some time, but they still seem to be full of ideas to continue expanding their POWGI series. The most recent installment Sixty Words of POWGI, was arguably the most ambitious to date with a clever twist on the classic alphabet soup. Now, however, POWGI mailbox you have to follow it somehow, but can you offer another unique pun for us to indulge in?
The idea behind POWGI’s Letterbox concept is that you will be given a nine-letter word and a grid containing six five-letter words, with a slight lock. Each word is missing the middle three letters and you must fill in the blanks on the 3×3 grid using the ones that make up the nine-letter word. If you are successful, you will end up with three words that are correct vertically and three that can be read horizontally. Trust me, it’s certainly much easier to understand while playing the game than it is to explain, and much of that is down to the control setup.
You simply have to navigate through the blank tiles, interact with the one you want to fill, and then choose a letter from the available ones. Once used, it will automatically make sure that it is not available for the next blank; unless you clean the tile and put the card back on the shelf. What is extremely useful is the ability to check if the letters you have placed are correct, which then offers to remove the wrong ones, as it is optional, it allows everyone a better chance of solving the puzzles.
Solving the puzzles is very rewarding, no matter how much help you get. Each problem will have your brain searching the depths of your memory vaults, trying to remember five-letter words that begin and end with certain letters, all in the hope that you have the rest of the letters at hand and that the word you make lace. well with the other words on the grid. Once you discover at least one correct word, creating the first eureka moment, the rest should fall into place and another satisfying feeling should arise.
To further cement the enjoyable moments of completing a puzzle, you’ll be presented with a pun or phrase that would give Christmas cookie jokes a run for their money. They are usually related to the nine letter word at the heart of each puzzle and most of them will at least bring a smile to your face, if not a little giggle. Some of the humor is a bit dark, but it never crosses the line and the laugh it can provide is a perfect way to end a mentally draining problem. In fact, it is an incentive.
With 120 puzzles to solve in POWGI’s Letterbox, there’s plenty to get stuck into. I don’t think people spend much more than a minute or two trying to complete each one, which makes it an ideal candidate as a game for short sessions here and there. Naturally, the downside here is that talented wordsmiths could be up and dusted in a couple of hours. It’s also worth noting that there’s actually no replayability, because the solutions won’t change.
In terms of audio, the BGM is nice enough for a short time, as there is a bit of variation in the tracks. Eventually the music starts to screech, tempting you to mute it and put on your own chillout playlist instead. The user interface isn’t much of a match either, with a straightforward focus on the visual front as a whole.
What POWGI’s Letterbox lacks in ambition, it certainly makes up for in a clever concept that really puts your vocabulary to the test. Expect to feel the exhilaration of being successful and occasionally learning new words, all while laughing at the consistently hilarious puns. Sure, it won’t provide a long-lasting experience, but it’s very easy to pick up and play whenever a free moment comes up.
If you love crossword puzzles, feel like a laugh, and just want to pass the time, POWGI’s Letterbox has my stamp of approval.
POWGI’s Letterbox is now available on the xbox store
Lightwood Games has been offering word-based puzzle games for quite some time, but they still seem to be full of ideas to continue expanding their POWGI series. The most recent installment, POWGI’s Sixty Words, was arguably its most ambitious to date with a clever twist on the classic word search puzzle. Now though, POWGI’s Letterbox has to follow through on it somehow, but can it offer another unique word game for us to indulge in? The idea behind the POWGI Letterbox concept is that you will be given a nine-letter word and a grid containing six five-letter words, with…
POWGI Letterbox Review
POWGI Letterbox Review
- Great word puzzles
- a lot of humor
- Easy to pick up and play in short periods
- BGM eventually gets annoying
- simple approach
- Thank you very much for the free copy of the game, go to – Lightwood Games
- Formats: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch
- Revised version – Xbox Series X
- Release date: November 13, 2022
- Introductory Price From – £6.69