Pre App Mini Review: Boggle by EA

I love games and I love my Pre and Boggle is one of my favorite games.  Oddly enough, I’ve never played the actual, physical game…only anBoggle_1 electronic form of the game.  So far, one of the best versions of the game is by Electronic Arts on my Pre.  Boggle, for those who may not know, is a word game. You are presented with a four by four grid of random letters.  You have three minutes to form as many legit words as you can.  Simple?  Think again.

The game itself is deceptively simple.  And is, by no means, a challenge for any device to execute.  Graphically, the game is super simple.  There’s very little animation, only bright colors and a logically laid out screen.  Which makes it a mystery as to why it is not a great performer.  It takes too long to start and, after playing for a bit, gets really slow. 

Game play is simple:  you tap on letters to create words, double tapping the last letter of the word to ‘enter’ it.  The game maintains a running list of the words you create.  Illegal or duplicate words cause the screen to blink. After the time limit is up, you are told how many words you created and how many points you earned.  Your goal is to gain as many points as you can. Simple words are worth one point.  Other words are worth 2, 3, 5 and 11 points, depending on the complexity of the word. 

You can unlock achievements through various ways, including number of games played, score and other factors. 

There are variations in the game, but I’ll leave them to you to find.  This game is a great time killer (that is, until you have to restart your Pre.)

The game is not perfect, or, rather, this incarnation is not perfect.  The game seems to have a bad memory leak and, over time, you WILL have to restart your Pre.  After only a few plays, other apps I have will not start and I get the dreaded ‘too many cards’ error when there are none open.  Often, the ONLY thing I’ve done is play Boggle. Restarting the device fixes the problem.  I wish EA would fix it.

The game is $4.99 and available in the App Catalog. 

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