Word Explorer is a verbal puzzle game developed by Tower Studios. The main designer of the title was Jon Hare, a British programmer who founded legendary Sensible Software and created such classics as Mega lo Mania and the Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder series.
The game can be simply described as an evolution of crosswords. The game takes place on the map of the world, where interesting points have been covered with a series of hexes. Each of them corresponds to one letter and our task is to guess the words that have been arranged based on the given instructions. Sometimes it requires typing a word, and sometimes we get letters, and then we only need to change them properly. Words are often combined into strings, creating crossword spider webs. At the same time, Word Explorer is strongly connected with travel convention and proper guessing of words is rewarded with interesting photos and anecdotes, thanks to which we can expand our knowledge about real places on Earth, whose virtual versions we visited in the game. In this way, through play, we get to know interesting facts about monuments, famous places, local cultures or animals inhabiting the area.
Unblocking rewards for a given area of the map does not require all words to be guessed. However, in order to enjoy the prizes, it is necessary to indicate a certain minimum number of words. If we fail to do so, the area is reset and filled with new riddles. If you get stuck on a given fragment, you can use the hints. We get a limited number of them per day and when the free allocation is exhausted, there is an option to buy additional tips via micropayment. However, this is not required to enjoy the game, especially since the authors have made available a system of communication with other players, which allows them to ask for help in guessing words. There is also a multiplayer mode, which generates a new hex net on the world map, allowing you to compete with other people.
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