Bookworm Adventures

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a game by PopCap
Platforms: DS, PC
Editor Rating: 8.8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.7/10 - 47 votes
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Bookworm Adventures
Bookworm Adventures
Bookworm Adventures

Bookworm Adventures is an absolute classic when it comes to educational games that were actually interesting. Follow Lex the Bookworm as he battles his way through mythological encounters based on gothic fiction, Greek mythology, fairy tales and more using a simple but effective combat mechanics that depends solely on the words you can make with letters provided. Do you like playing scrabble to the death? Then you are going to adore this title as it takes a unique concept and absolutely runs away with it. Let’s get into this.


Somewhere similar to Words with Friends, this game’s entire thesis is to get you thinking of words in a mad panic to defeat someone. Much like its former incarnation titles as Bookworm, this game has much more of a structured adventure in store. As a player, you are presented with a handful of letters and must find words in that mix. The longer or more complex the word, the more damage you do to the enemy when its complete.

You’ll battle your way through hordes of enemies and the occasional boss when enough grunts are beaten. Your success at this title relies entirely upon your grasp of the English language. The game does get harder over time, bosses have more health and are stronger. This curve of difficulty is very well paced and makes the game feel very rewarding. As you progress, you are also able to beat bosses and retrieve unique items that give you certain bonuses when specific letters are in play. In gives a lot more depth to a game you would think does not need it.

Game Modes

There are three main game modes alongside two extra modes. They are as follows:

  • Adventure – This is the standard rules of play. Go on the adventure and defeat the enemies.
  • Tome of Knowledge – This is a reference section that allows players to reference enemy information.
  • Arena – Players can battle through all the bosses one after another, save for certain bosses. This is all about how fast you can pump out words.
  • Mini Games – A list of three mini games available for players to attempt to get the high score. Can have an effect on the adventure game mode, so its worth doing.
  • Clips and Giggles – This contains the comic introductions of each stage where players can review whenever they want. This section also has commentary by the creators on creating the game.

There’s a brilliant amount of gameplay available here. You won’t be disappointed with it.

Art Style

The art style here is really simple but loveable. It’s got a certain charm that mobile game developers have definitely tried to capitalize on. Lex is cute and the enemies are all well designed. The user interface is easy to follow and everything has a delightful, smart sheen to it that really shows the large production budget went to good use.


This is an absolute masterpiece and if you are able to get ahold of it, you’ll likely have a fantastic time with it.


  • Excellent Gameplay
  • Educational


  • More game modes would be cool

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Maybe It Was due to that time during the incunabulum of my existence, when a rapscallion upturned a Scrabble board and my neonate form was showered with word fragments like some perverted sort of plastic precipitation, but I've always had a fascination with lettered tiles tumbling down the screen just begging to be herded into lovely locutions. Bookworm Deluxe is a logophilic's dream from Pop Cap, available on Steam. Trace a line of adjacent letters along a grid to form as an extensive a word as possible, see the letters disappear from the play area, and watch new uncial monograms fall in to replace them.

Avoid small words, as this coaxes burning letters into the playing field. These guys burn through letters beneath them, threatening to destroy the library you reside in, should they reach the bottom of the grid.

Where Bookworm Deluxe gets interesting is the moment you realise the regularity with which you're finding the rudest words possible, without even trying. I can't for the life of me make it through a game without spotting labia, or sighing as I realise I'm just one letter away from spelling testicle. Why can't I spot clever words like deracinate (to uproot), or recidivism (a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behaviour)? Perhaps it's because - ooh, hold on, I just got cocks.

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