Loren Brichter, the developer behind the now-defunct Tweetie, one of the first and arguably one of the best iOS and Mac Twitter clients, has released a new app for the iPhone and iPad. This time around he’s trying his hand at a word game and his creation, Letterpress, hit the App Store yesterday.
Letterpress is an asynchronous multiplayer word game that’s not like anything else out there. In a new game, you’re presented with a 5-by-5 grid of letters and your goal is to take control of the board. You do this by creating words, which turns the tiles of the letters you used to your designated color. The game is over when all letters on the board have been used and therefore assigned a color. The person who used the most letters, which is signified by how many letter tiles are shaded by their designated color, wins the game.
There are a few twists. You can only play a word once and you can “protect” letters from the other player by surrounding them with other letters you’ve used. Letterpress uses Game Center to find opponents and you can choose one randomly or invite any existing Game Center friends to play directly.
We usually leave the game coverage to our sister site, TouchArcade, but Letterpress is an outstanding word game from a developer known for designing beautiful applications and Letterpress is no exception to this track record. If you want to learn more about Letterpress, see the full review over at TouchArcade.
Letterpress is free to download and use. There is an optional $.99 in-app purchase that will allow you to have multiple games going at once and unlock additional color themes so you can change the look of the game’s interface and a few other perks.
If you like word games and want to try one that’s different from the Scrabble clones out there, you should download Letterpress toot sweet*.
*That was an intentional bastardization of “tout de suite” and my high school French teacher would be horrified to read that. Sorry, Mrs. Thompson.