11 of the best word game apps 2022 has to offer


Word games can save you endless bouts of boredom and can also be a great way to bond with people. They are stimulating, engaging and put our verbal skills to the test. They are also very good for your brain in many ways. They help strengthen concentration as many of them require concentration. They activate the parts of your brain involved in short-term and long-term memory processes. So playing word games regularly improves your memory over time. Plus, when the game is just at the edge of your abilities, it helps improve your cognitive function and vocabulary. So let’s take a look at some of the best word game apps 2022 has to offer.

Thanks to technology, many of our favorite word games are now available online. There are endless scrabble boards, crossword puzzles and word searches contained within our singular devices. There are also many nifty variations of these classic games to try! And then there are word game apps that build on familiar concepts to create something entirely new and unique. I tried all the games recommended here (meaning I was playing games on my phone in the name of research for about a week!). Each of them was quite fun and may have improved my brain functioning. So I’m not complaining. I hope you enjoy them too!

The best word game apps: 2022

1. Wordle (Browser)

Whether you jumped on the train to Wordle Station or not, you’ve probably heard its siren. This guessing game is everywhere. Each player gets six attempts to guess a five-letter word. The color of the tiles changes indicating the correct letters and positions in the word to guess. If that’s not difficult enough for you, you can also enable “hard mode”. This involves using all of the previously revealed letters in all of your subsequent guesses.

There are several reasons why the hype for this pun hasn’t died down yet. The simplicity of the game makes it easy for anyone to understand how to play it. The one-word-a-day strategy ensures that people don’t get bored. And, trying to guess the same word on any given day with millions of people creates a sense of community. Given its popularity, The New York Times bought Wordle for a seven-figure amount. For now, the app is still free. There are also many similar apps that allow you to play Wordle in different languages.

2. Scrabble Go (Android, iOS)

As the name suggests, it’s all about Scrabble on the go. It’s super fun with the added layers of customization and rewards technology can bring. You can compete against your friends, strangers on the internet or the AI. What I particularly appreciated was being able to play several games at the same time. Don’t want to wait patiently for the other person to type their word? I don’t want either! I think my personal sweet spot is competing with three individual players at a time. Having three separate boards to compete on kept me fully engaged the entire time I was playing.

Scrabble Go follows the official Collins Scrabble dictionary. It’s free with in-app purchases. Also check out “Can you play the word fart in Scrabble?” to better understand the history of the Scrabble dictionary.

Scrabble GO

3. USA Today Crossword (Android, iOS, Browser)

Here’s what fellow contributor Isabelle Popp has to say about this pun:

We truly live in the golden age of crossword puzzles. These daily crossword puzzles, available through apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play, as well as playable on the USA today website and in the newspaper itself, is the best in the industry. With some really fresh entries and clever clues, people who’ve avoided crossword puzzles for fear of fusty language and arcane trivia will find plenty to love.

“Editor Erik Agard has made tremendous strides in diversifying not only the content of the puzzles, but also the builders themselves. Women and people of color build the majority of the puzzles appearing in the USA today now. If you’re ad-tolerant, play for free, otherwise subscribe for that extra-smooth resolution experience.

4. Pictoword (Android, iOS)

This word game app involves both deciphering and identifying pictures. You have to guess the word based on the visual clues given and type it using the letters provided. It’s free with in-app purchases and quite fun!

5. Cryptogram (Android, iOS)

A ciphertext is a puzzle that uses ciphertext. You solve the puzzle to reveal the message. The ciphers used in this game were created to encrypt military or personal messages. When you solve the cryptogram on this word game app, it reveals a motivational quote. Sometimes the resolution is easier if you already know the quote. The video below shows how the game is played. It’s free with in-app purchases available.

6. Spell Tower (Android, iOS)

This word game is all about finding words in the spell tower to clear the tiles. The tower continues to rise and the game is over if it reaches the top. It has three different modes: Puzzle Mode, Tour Mode and Rush Mode. This word game is free with in-app purchases and definitely worth checking out.

7. Wordscapes (Android, iOS)

It’s one of the most popular word game apps, you’ve probably played it, come across it, or at least heard of it. It’s about building words from a combination of letters. Some of these words end up filling the spaces provided on the screen. It’s free with in-app purchases. The game Word Cookies! also has a very similar concept with a different user interface.


8. Word Search Puzzle (Android, iOS)

Why mess with a classic? This word game app is free with in-app purchases. This involves searching for words arranged vertically, horizontally or diagonally. It has different difficulty levels and you can choose the one that suits your abilities. A friend of mine said, and I quote, “I can just feel my brain getting smarter every time I play this.” At best, it might do the same for you. At least it might save you from getting bored!

9. Typeshift (Android, iOS)

This is a really cool anagram puzzle. You move the letters vertically to create meaningful words in the horizontal middle row. The puzzle is complete when all the letters on the screen are used in at least one word. This usually happens when you use all the base words that the puzzle is made up of. You also end up finding a bunch of extra words in the process.

This word game is built by the creator of SpellTower and repeatedly appears in lists of word game apps that keep the brain sharp. It’s free with in-app purchases.

10. Four letters (Android, iOS)

This word game is about building words using four letters (yes, it’s right there in the name!). To get a high score, you build these words as quickly as possible. You can play this game for as long as you can before the time runs out. This app is free with ads. You can pay to remove ads.

11. Bonza Word Puzzle (Android, iOS)

This word game app is like a deconstructed crossword puzzle. You get a crossword-themed clue. The letters are arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns. You can drag them around to create topic-relevant words. It’s fairly easy with a few words and a familiar theme and gets tricky as the word count increases (more tricky if you’re not very familiar with the theme).

It contains two free puzzle packs with the daily puzzle. The rest is accessible via in-app purchases.

If you liked this list of the best word game apps 2022, also check out 18 of the Best Word Game Apps in 2021, 12 Great Games for Word Nerds, 10 of the Best Manga Reading Apps and Sites, and 5 Book Apps for people who like to read.


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