Crossword fans should give Apple Arcade’s Wurdweb a try

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Make a web of words with ‘Wurdweb’ on Apple Arcade
Wurdweb takes one aspect of a crossword puzzle and goes to town with it.
Photo: Aran & Adriaan

Wurdweb is a new twist on crossword puzzles. The game supplies words and it’s up to players to fit as many as possible on a board. It’s one of those “easy to learn, hard to master” casual puzzle games.

It debuted Friday on the Apple Arcade subscription service.

Make a web of words with Wurdweb

Wurdweb takes one aspect of crossword puzzling and expands it into a whole game. Rather than clues, it provides players with a list of words. It’s up to players to place these in a grid. There are spots that give more words to play, and the game goes on until a predetermined number of words have been put down.

The words are organized by theme, some of which are… peculiar. And the game never repeats itself because the word lists are generated by an algorithm. Plus there are variations of on the basic version, like a Precise Mode where each puzzle has a single solution.

Also, little characters wander around on the playing board because because game.

Wurdweb is not restricted to English. It can generate puzzles in Spanish, German, Italian, French, Russian, Dutch and more. Not surprising, considering it’s the creation of Aran Koning and Adriaan de Jongh, two game designers and friends from the Netherlands.

Give it a try today

Wurdweb is now available on the Apple Arcade section of the App Store. It’s for iPhone, Mac, iPad and Apple TV, and supports external game controllers

Anyone who wants a crossword puzzle rather than a variation can play Tiny Crossword+. These two are among the over 200 other titles that come with a single $4.99-per-month Apple Arcade subscription. And players can be assured that there are zero in-app purchases, ads or loot boxes. These are banned.