Tactical, territorial word warfare
Free Developer NimbleBit, nimblebit.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.0.6
In Capitals, two teams try to capture each other’s territory. Each starts with a hexagonal capital tile, surrounded by letters. You can use any letter, even those along your enemy’s border, to spell a word that extends your territory. Tiles become yours if they form a chain back to another of your colour.
The challenge lies in maintaining a buffer around your capital while stabbing deep to reach the enemy’s heartland. Caution is needed because your opponent can win in three turns by taking your capital, which grants another move right away.
The game is thin on options: only two players can duke it out, and the board size is fixed. Capitals is free, but with a limited number of ‘lives’ that replenish over time, enabling you to start more games. It’s worth £3.99 to remove that limit if you’re a fan of both Strategery and Scrabble. Alan Stonebridge
A simple strategic word game, yet the balance of power can shift so quickly that it’s a game to savour.