After Ship, Captain, and Crew I wanted to try another iMessage game. I had experience with it and understood the pitfalls, so I figured strike while the iron was hot! I decided I wanted to make a word game so I made some tile-looking letter images in Sketch and starting brainstorming a word game.

I think in the end I came up with a kernel of a fun game, but it could still use some work overall. It’s basically a letter-swap game where you take turns making a new word by swapping letters in your hand with letters in the common word you and your opponent share. I think that’s a fun idea, but my implementation needs some refinement. The main issue that I never really solved is ending the game in a predictable, satisfactory way. I also never really solved the runaway leader problem, but overall I think it’s a good idea for a game in general.