It’s been a while since we’ve written about an iPhone game, so the fact that we’re writing about one should give you a hint, how much we like it.
Letterpress is a new iPhone game developed by Loren Brichter of Atebits. Brichter had developed Tweetie, an extremely popular Twitter client for the iPhone. Tweetie was renamed as “Twitter for iPhone“ after Twitter bought Brichter’s company – Atebits in 2010.
Letterpress is a simple but extremely addictive word game. Players have to take turns making words from a 5×5 board of letters. All you need to do is tap on the letters to assemble the word and then tap on the Submit button. Each letter used in the word is one point.
But there is more to the game then just scoring more points than your opponent. Each letter also gets branded to your color on the board. Your opponent can steal them back by using your colored letters in their word, which then gets branded to their color. You can protect your colored letter from being stolen by surrounding it with other letters of the same color.
The game gets over when every letter on the board has a color or when both players pass their turn in a round. The letters are tallied and the player with the maximum score wins.
You can play with your friends over Game Center or play with a random opponent using Game Center’s Auto-match feature. It doesn’t have a single player mode, so you won’t be able to play the game if you don’t have a data connection.
As you would expect from Brichter, the user interface of the game is clean and very intuitive. We’re not a big fan of word games, but we’ve been addicted to it.
The game is available for free on the App Store. You can unlock the full version for just $0.99, which will allow you to play as many as you want, see played words and unlock new themes.
So download the game using this direct App Store link and let us know what you think.