Do you think spelling is fun? Do you enjoy hidden word puzzles? Did you take part in spelling bees as a child? Are you a fan of medieval fantasy? Do you want to be a wizard? Spellspire, the latest game from 10tons, may be the game for you! 10tons, who are known for their mobile oriented games like King Oddball, Tennis in the Face, and many others, have a long history of making simple but fun games that anyone could pick up and play. Spellspire is no different.
Spellspire is a spelling puzzle game. It doesn’t make too much of an attempt to hold a narrative, but that’s perfectly fine as it doesn’t need it since its focus is the gameplay. The way the game works is the wizard you’re playing as walks up to the enemy and you have to use the 8 letters you’re given to create a word. The more letters per word, the more attacks you do.
One of the few available features in Spellspire is a shop where the player can purchase new equipment. Things like new wands (which increase damage ranges), robes (which increase how much damage you can withstand), hands (which increase your chance to dodge), and a bevy of other items that can be used once during battles. These upgrades are more or less mandatory in later levels, as enemies start to absorb more and more damage, and dole out a lot of pain in return. Every 10 floors there is a boss, which is usually a single enemy who has a lot of health and is a unique sprite. The issue is that there’s nothing special about the bosses other than how they look, which is a waste of potential as it could have used a little variety to the gameplay.
When it comes to value there is lot of content for the price ($9.99), but the content itself isn’t that fun. At the start I really enjoyed it, but when I neared around level 30 I felt like I was doing English homework rather than playing a game. Not only does it get boring, it’s very repetitive, since spelling words is the only gameplay mechanic. With the many floors in this game there isn’t much that’s different, it’s just a couple enemies and you have to type in some words. Just different enemies and different placements.
In the end Spellspire is fun and enjoyable for a certain amount of time, but it loses its charm and starts to get really monotonous. The gameplay doesn’t help this issue since there isn’t any diversity. It’s just the one simple spelling mechanic over and over and over. As previously stated: if you’re into spelling, or have a child you’d like to work on their spelling while still having fun, this is for you. Otherwise, I’d say this game is not going to provide you with much fun.
Mo is a freelance writer who has a passion for games and usually enjoys anything that has to do with video games. Can be interacted with through PSN: WFMMK and twitter