Astraware Word Games

Astraware has released their new Word Games application, and are offering it exclusively on the Barnes & Noble store.  It's a suite of five word games, that share a 100,000 word dictionary.  The games calculate scores based not only on the letters used and the length of the words, but also how "interesting" or uncommon they are.  The games are:

  • Shuffle - Make as many words as you can with the letters provided including the 5, 6 or 7 letter target word to unlock the next level. The more small words you get, the bigger your score. Use the Shuffle button to mix the letters up and help yourself spot more words!
  • Hexxed - Make words by tracing your finger through the tiles to make a chain within the hexagonal grid! Two play modes - limited tiles or limited time. Create long, interesting or unusual words to keep your word power score up and earn more tiles or time!
  • Wordsearch - Find all the listed words within the grid of letters, horizontally vertically, or diagonally! Play using the standard dictionary, or choose from over 20 special lists of themed words!
  • Gridlock - Make words by tracing your fingers through the letters to make a chain. As you make words this lights up the tiles. Light up the whole grid to level up! Use special tiles to boost your word power, score bonus points and more.
  • Spellmaster - Challenge your spelling skills against words of increasing difficulty. Choose the correct spelling from a choice of 4 words, 3 of which are misspelled!

Games of this nature should appeal to Nook Color buyers, and having it included in the on-device app store makes it easy for Nook Color users to download and enjoy them.  Word Games costs $4.99, and of course is available from the Nook Apps Store.  The full press release is after the break.

Astraware Word Games released exclusively for Barnes & Noble’s Award-Winning
NOOK Color™ Reader’s Tablet™
 
Staffordshire, UK - August 15 2011 - Astraware® is excited to announce the launch of their brand new word games pack, Astraware Word Games, exclusively for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet.
 
Astraware Word Games is a beautifully presented pack of five classic word games that is sure to appeal to lovers of words and language. The included games are Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster and comprise word searches, spelling challenges, grid puzzles, and anagram games. Each of the five games offers a choice of difficulty levels or puzzle sizes and the ability to play Timed or Classic modes, so players can opt for a challenging brain teaser or a relaxing game to pass the time.
 
“People who read a lot of books naturally build up wide vocabularies, and we have built a set of games that not only allow players to take advantage of this, but encourage players to find and use new words too,” said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. “That’s why we chose Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color as the ideal platform for our educational games pack.  With a range of game styles and modes, there are variants to keep any player entertained and enlightened for hours using NOOK Color’s beautiful 7-inch, full-color touchscreen.”
 
Astraware Word Games boasts a generous 100,000 word dictionary, which grades words not just on their letters and length, but also on how interesting or unusual they are and rewards players accordingly. Additionally, the game includes a choice of three graphical themes and several ambient music tracks to enhance the look and feel of the game, and Wordsearch has a wide selection of fun themed word lists to play with.
 
With the launch of Astraware Word Games, the UK-based studio has now expanded their range of highly-acclaimed classic games packs to six titles, as it joins Astraware Casino, Astraware Sudoku, Astraware Board Games, Astraware Solitaire and Astraware Mahjong. Astraware’s multi-platform approach ensures that users can get access to their range of titles across Android, iOS, BlackBerry, webOS, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Mac.
 
Astraware Word Games can be purchased for $4.99 from the NOOK Apps Store and customers can easily download games in seconds from the NOOK Bookstore on NOOK Color. For more information on NOOK Color, visit www.nookcolor.com. For more information on Astraware Word Games games, visit: http://www.astraware.com/nook/wordgames
 
About Astraware
Founded in 1994 and incorporated in 2000, Astraware is a UK-based games studio that develops, publishes and distributes games for a wide range of smartphones and mobile devices. Some of the titles to come out of the Astraware studio include multi-award-winning Astraware Sudoku, Tradewinds 2 (developed under license from Sandlot Games), and Pazzazz Games' GTS World Racing.  Mobile gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 75 million copies of Astraware's products, and the company has customers in more than 100 countries.
For more information visit: http://www.astraware.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astraware.
 
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What's with NOOK Apps Market overpricing apps? It may be worth the $5, who knows. Hopefully they have a free version to trial, but I doubt it.

Another way to think of this is 5 apps/games for $5. That's $1/app. I'd say that's on par with the Android Market.