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Bookworm - Nintendo DS

by PopCap Games
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews) 80 / 100

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  • Boost scores and advance faster with Bonus Words and Reward Tiles and save your high scores and track your progress with the Lex-Ray.
  • Form words from 20 themed book collections and unlock 18 rooms to build your customized libraries.
  • Flex your lexicon in three game modes ? classic, action and wireless multiplayer.
  • Pick up and play -- it's easy to start working wordy wonders in seconds.

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  • ASIN: B002KJCVYW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,577 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Have an appetite for words? Then join Lex the Bookworm in the hit word puzzle game created by PopCap for your Nintendo DS! Link letter tiles left, right, up and down to spell words and keep your bookworm smiling. Spell words to fill your bookshelves, unlock 20 themed folios, and build out 18 unique library rooms. Boost your score using Word of the Day then track your progress with the all-new Lex-Ray to see how big your Bookworm brain can be! Work wordy wonders in three game modes: Start with Classic for the most popular Bookworm experience. When you're ready to test your skills, speed through the fast-paced Action mode. And if you want to compete with friends, match wits in Multiplayer mode. No matter which mode you like best, you'll relax and tune up your brain every time you play!

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
From PopCap Games, makers of the fun and addictive Zuma and Plants vs Zombies, comes Bookworm, another challenging puzzle game for casual players. It's a good way to work your brain as well as make the time go faster on commutes, while waiting at the doctor's office, or exercising on the treadmill.

The idea is simple. The goal is to string together tiles to form words of 3 letters or more. The longer the word, the bigger the score. A free Flash version is available on PopCap's website, but the DS version has many more features, like an Arcade Mode, Library, and 2 Players Mode. You only need 1 copy of the game to play against a friend. In the Library, you can keep track of your stats like how many words you created, secret word books, and room backgrounds you've unlocked. All together, there are 20 secret books to unlock, with 12 words each. It's very hard to get all the words, and there's no reward of any kind for completing each book, besides bonus points. You don't get any special animation, fun pictures, or unlockable secret options. Zilch.

One thing I don't like is that you have to hold the DS sideways, like a book. Very few games do this (most notably, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!) and there's really no reason for it. The gameboard could simply have been arranged horizontally to allow ambidextrous play. I find it less comfortable to hold the DS upright, and it also prevents lefties from playing.

Another big design flaw is the harsh penalty system.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DS adaptation! December 12, 2009
By ojh333
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I love Bookworm online, as well as the deluxe version for PC and Mac, so I was very excited to try it on my DS, since I can take it anywhere. I am thrilled with it! Everything you love about Bookworm is here, along with a few extra fun things.

Create words from the adjacent tiles to clear them from the board and earn points and books to put on shelves in your library. As you earn books and fill the shelves, you fill up and complete rooms in your library. Each room has a different theme and you get a little bonus when each is finished. As you complete more rooms, your library expands. You can visit the rooms on your map and see what you have accomplished!

My favorite new and challenging feature is collecting books and words. There are twenty books, each containing twelve words. When you create a word in one of the books, the book is unlocked and you can see the rest of the words needed to complete the book. For example, I unlocked the book "Insects" by making the word "ant". To complete the book I need to create "bee, wasp, roach, ladybug", etc. This is not as easy as it seems!! There are many fun collections to complete, and while I haven't finished a book yet, I imagine there will be a fun bonus when I do! Books are easily accessible from the main screen so you can check to see which books still needs words, and what words are needed.

My only teeny tiny complaint with this game is barely a blip on the radar, however I'm just a slight bit annoyed that when clearing tiles an extra tap is required after the word is finished. On the computer version, holding the mouse button while making words, and then just releasing it will clear the word. While holding the stylus to make the word on the DS, it has to be lifted and then tapped at the end of the word.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merging Fun and Learning January 17, 2010
By Ed
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Thought this would be something educational for our five year old grandson. He is a DS lover and most of the games he has are age appropriate for him. When this arrived and I read the cover etc. I was convinced this should be for older children who are further along on the learning curve. The previous reviews left me feeling a little "iffy" as apparently some kids take to this and others not so well. When he first started playing, I think he was getting a little frustrated and was concerned that it was a waste of money. I spent just a small amount time with him hoping to instill a bit of confidence. Was not much longer and he was off and on his own, having a lot of fun. Fun while being challenged and learning at the same just seems to make this a great item for kids. I know all kids will not find this at the same action fun level as other games and possibly frustrating. Spending the time with him at the very beginning, I think, made this a very worthwhile and fun experience. Hoping you will find this as rewarding as I.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like I go into a time warp.. December 29, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
..and come out an hour later. How do I know when I really like a game? I sit down to play for 5-10 minutes and 60-90 minutes pass before I realize how long I've been at it. Bookworm is one of those games!

I wasn't familiar with the online version of this game, but I do like word games so it was an easy choice to get this one. I started playing it the day it arrived and it's a great game. So far I've stuck to playing the "Classic" version. It consists of a board filled with letters that you make words out of by connecting the tiles. Each time you make a word the letters disappear and you begin to fill up your bookshelves. As you advance to different levels, "fire" and "bonus" tiles will appear. The goal is not to let any of the "fire" tiles reach the bottom and burn your library up. (Which results in game over) Currently I'm at 30% finished and I've probably played 4-5 hours now, but there are still several other levels/versions to play so I'm not at all concerned that it's too easy of a game to finish.

I have had my Nintendo DS Lite for just about 9 months now and out of the 30 games I have this one ranks up there with my favorites: The Quest Trio and Touchmaster. Both are puzzle/strategy games that don't require much more than basic game skills to enjoy. It seems that this game is probably going to be popular with an "older" crowd and yes at 33 years old I'll happily put myself into that group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I played the game and loved it. Now, my guy friend has the game and plays everyday, and I mean everyday, for the last 4-6 years! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Marilyn M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I took this on vacation and it was great way to spend some down time
Addictive. I took this on vacation and it was great way to spend some down time. Hours and hours of enjoyment. Read more
Published 10 days ago by bigkid43
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 28 days ago by THE GUY
5.0 out of 5 stars great
thiis is a great game to play the whole family plays it some day we will beat it maybe but love it
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good purchase. Met all my expectations.
I am dsabled and have low vision but this is a game I can enjoy playing on my Nintendo DS.
Published 2 months ago by Kellie Riskus
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
I finally found this game. I've been looking for it and found it! Got here just as shown and works great. You will love it.
Published 3 months ago by Angela Hetherington
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Learning Tool
My 5-year-old used to play the basic version of this with me and he loved it.
Now that he's older, this expanded version for the Nintendo DS keeps him occupied
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Published 4 months ago by Jose E. Murcia
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I had this for computer and now I found it for D's for my daughter.great game for helping with spelling.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite word game
This is the only game I play on Nintendo. I love word games and because the library on this has so many words you must find, I can play a game over and over and it seems like new.
Published 5 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
It's a real fun and addicting game. Soon I'll have to buy another one. My six month year old puppy
got it and chewed it up but it does work thank God.
Published 5 months ago by Gale Johnston
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