Since their inception in 2008, independent game developers the Kieffer Bros. have developed many great puzzle games for iOS. With Spell Rift, they’re now placing emphasis on word puzzle games, making them a favourite among the scrabble crowd (which naturally includes myself
Spell Rift knows precisely what it is – a word puzzle game—and doesn’t set out to produce anything new, but rather to create a shining example of an already well established and well loved genre.
In Spell Rift, you have to match tiles to create words. It’s an objective which is easy to grasp and allows players to dive straight into the action with little need for instruction.
If Spell Rift doesn’t set itself apart in terms of gameplay, it makes up for it with its wonderful presentation. The game is played over the course of a single player campaign. You play on top of a world map. You journey along the map, playing one level at a time. It’s a brilliant new delivery for a word-puzzle game and one which fans of the genre are certain to love.
Making Spell Rift stand out even further are the specialised obstacle tiles. New levels offer new and creative obstacles (including stone tiles that never disappear and virus tiles that spread a single letter across the board). This creativity greatly helps to establish novelty to the title and motivates players to keep going.
Speaking of motivation. You’ll be gathering achievements via the traditional “three at a time” scheme and other challenges, like creating words using spinner tiles.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Spell Rift is that it never really taxes the player. It’s easy to progress in the campaign and you’ll complete it before too long. Perhaps a time trial of endless mode would have helped to create more pressure and more intensity, forcing players to really work their brains to earn their highest score. This is only a minor point though.
All in all, Spell Rift is a shining example of word puzzle games. With beautiful presentation and tried and true gameplay, this is one puzzler I simply must recommend.