Beejumbled review

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Beejumbled is an iOS and Android game from 2K Play. It is available now for free from the App Store and Google Play and contains numerous in-app purchases.

Beejumbled is a word find game similar to Boggle. Players will be given an assortment of letters and they need to draw lines from one letter to the next (without overlapping) in order to form words. Each letter is assigned a point value based on its complexity, and players are able to re-use the same letter tiles as much as they’d like, provided they don’t try to do so in a single word. Unlike similar games, Beejumbled doesn’t take place on a square grid. True to the game’s bee theme, the letters are arranged on a hexagon array, much like a honeycomb. 

The goal to most rounds of Beejumbled is simple: Players get two minutes to score as many points as possible. Players can try numerous strategies such as building a long list of short words, or a short list of long words, or only making words using high-value letters. No matter how players approach the game, they’re always up against the clock and have to continuously score points in order to top the leaderboards, best their opponents, or achieve their personal high score. After the end of each round, players are shown two lists. One shows the list of all their words, along with the point values. The other list contains all the possible words, highlighting the player’s entries along the way. Studying these lists is a neat way for players to pick up on patterns and find bigger and better words next time.

There are numerous ways to play Beejumbled. First are the solo modes. The time trial is the game in its simplest form: Score as many points as possible. Before that, players will choose a character and up to three power-ups. Players are always required to purchase one power-up using honey, one of the in-game currencies. The more expensive the power-up, the more powerful it is, but players who trust their word power will often be happy enough with the cheap options. Spending honey on stronger power-ups makes it easier to run out, stalling the player’s progress until they get more. The other single player option is head-to-head, where players take turns making words with an opponent, and the first one to 100 points wins.

Beejumbled comes with a handful of multiplayer offerings as well. Players can take on friends head-to-head over Apple’s Game Center. Players are also encouraged to enter online tournaments, which puts a couple dozen players (some being computer-controlled) together and lets them battle it out for the high score. As players compete in tournament they increase in rank. There’s no huge plus side to increasing rank. It mostly acts as a form of bragging rights.

Beejumbled monetizes by selling beehives, one of the games in-game currencies. Beehives sell in bundles priced from 20 hives at $1.99 to  650 hives at $49.99. Beehives can be exchanged for honey at a 1 to 100 ratio. While honey arrives free daily, all but the three initial beehives are premium. Beehives are primarily used to purchase honey and unlock available characters, which provide special bonuses. Honey is primarily used to purchase power-ups, allowing players to advance the game. A lot of players won’t feel the need to purchase beehives, but those who need the extra skill boost may find it to be worthwhile.

Overall, Beejumbled is a very enjoyable word game. The limited use for in-game currencies is nice for players who don’t want to spend, but make monetization potential feel limited. The word game fundamentals borrowed from titles such as Boggle are familiar for word aficionados. Serious wordsmiths aren’t likely to pick up Beejumbled, however, as the game doesn’t really do anything new.

Players who like the style and may be new to word games are the ones who will most enjoy this game.

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A simple word find game with a fun competitive edge.