app of The week

LEX ★★★★ 4 cert, Sim­ple Ma­chine, iPhone (also iPod Touch, iPad)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

Tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion is mov­ing at a dizzy­ing pace, and per­haps no more so than in the world of word games. Just about ev­ery week, there’s a new app game to si­mul­ta­ne­ously test your vo­cab and in­dex fin­gers. Lex is a com­pelling, timed word game with in­tense mu­sic and kalei­do­scopic pre­sen­ta­tion. Faced with a ran­dom se­lec­tion of nine letters, you must pick three to form a word be­fore each let­ter times out and evap­o­rates. The count­down is shown not with a clock, but by the letters slowly chang­ing colour. Ev­ery let­ter you get rid of is in­stantly re­placed by an­other, cre­at­ing an ad­dic­tive, in­fi­nite pro­gres­sion of letters as you race the timer and form three-let­ter words. (Don’t worry; the high dif­fi­culty level means that each game is a lot shorter than in­fin­ity.) Lex is suit­able for chil­dren, as swear­ing isn’t al­lowed and, bliss­fully, is also free of in-app pur­chases.

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