Letterpress is a free iOS word game app by Loren Brichter of atebits.com. It’s clean and simple and has beautiful transitions and animations.
You get a 5x5 square of words and you get to pick and choose any tile to make a word that you then get to submit. Considering I’ve been playing Scramble with Friends for much too long (so I’m a word game junkie, sue me) and I’m much too proud to make use of the pre-game tutorial, I initially only selected tiles that were right next to each other. Bad move.
The game screen gets rid of your title bar, allowing you to utilize your entire screen.
The word tiles are big and uses two very distinct colors for the two players’ tiles.
The transitions are beautiful. It’s fluid, it doesn’t jam, it doesn’t give me spinning beach balls or death.
The How-To is made up almost entirely of words. I would’ve expected more visuals for so visual a game.
When you make a long word, it squeezes in the tiles and makes it look awful. A better option would’ve been to make them proportionally smaller. Granted, it may reduce legibility, but given that the tiles aren’t that small to begin with and that there is ample screen space, I think it would work.