Game Review: Spellspire (Switch)

10tons once again returns to the Nintendo’s hybrid console with another port of a previously released game; this time it is non-other-than Spellspire, a word-themed role-playing-game that sees the player tasked with climbing a tower of 100 levels by defeating enemies using words.

  Title: Spellspire
Publisher: 10tons
Developer: 10tons
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Resolution: 1920 X 1080
Audio: English
Subtitles: English (White)
Local Players: 1
Online Players: N/A
Install: YES (49mb)

Our View:

Spellspire is a word-themed puzzle game with some progression elements that challenges players to create words from a small selection in order to deal damage to a selection of enemies on screen.

It is basically the ‘interactive’ variation of scrabble but unlike the classic word game some new enhancements, and restrictions, make Spellspire a game for quick problem solvers and those of high amounts of vocabulary; something which I don’t exactly excel at. As a result Spellspire, for me at least, is a short burst of fun with long lengths of frustration and I fear others will have a similar experience.

Why exactly? Well upon starting a level players are given a random selection of letters, and from this selection of letters different words must be created in order to deal damage to enemies on screen. The difficult aspect is that the same word can not be used more than once; additionally while creating a word you’ll only be given a short amount of time which, if it runs out, sees the enemy deal damage to your character. Naturally if you are fast with problem solving and good at crafting words from random letters this won’t prove much of a challenge; but for me I only barely managed to survive the first few levels.

To give players a helping hand in this ‘problem solving’ word crafting game you are able to upgrade your character and his abilities, and as with all good RPG type games you’ll be able to upgrade attack, defence and health. Further progression into the game will wield bigger rewards, with money earned from completing levels and using a variety of words. Bonus points can also be earned by discovering the ‘longest word’ of that level. It’s a nice challenge to discover the different words; but with the restrictions in place it becomes more frustrating than fun.

Spellspire is a simplistic, but challenging, experience and one that I would rather forget; sure enough the introductory levels were a nice change of pace from the traditional games we’ve come to expect; but after that it was a frustrating rush to find the answers before being defeated. It’s a fun, short game but it won’t appeal to the masses.

Score: review-stars-2

Spellspire is now available to download from the Nintendo Switch eShop and is also available on other platforms such as the PlayStation Vita.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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