High-Level Word Games
Over the next two posts I'd like to share with you eight word game apps your higher-level clients with aphasia may enjoy playing to strengthen both their phonological and semantic systems for word retrieval and spelling.
Red Herring is a free universal app that focuses on categorization. Each puzzle has three levels of difficulty, so it's easy to learn with support and work up to more challenging levels. Group words together in three groups of four with an extra set of four words that serve as distractors. The easy level shows category headings and some of the members, while the hardest level requires users to deduce the categories. The app contains 50 free puzzles with extra packs available for $0.99. There are a few free hints, or you can buy unlimited hints for a few dollars more, which may be worthwhile for clients working independently at home.
94 Seconds is a free universal app similar to the game Scattergories - users have to type in a category member that starts with a given letter. The game lasts just over a minute and a half, so speed of retrieval is important. There is also a "Relax" level to find words without the time constraints. Extra points are given for more obscure words and for streaks of 5 in a row. Hints are available and can be earned by playing or purchasing.
Word Search Games:
Spell Tower is an elegant word game for $1.99 for all Apple devices. Find words by connecting letters and watch the letters disappear. Clients working on simply finding words will enjoy playing, and those at a higher level will appreciate the strategy of finding longer words or clearing letters before they are stranded on the board. There are no ads or in-app purchases in this game.
Word Shaker HD is a universal app with a free version and $1.99 ad-free version. This game is similar to the game Boggle, showing a grid of letter (4x4 up to 8x8) for users to find words by connecting letters. Solo games can be played untimed, or with a 1, 3, 5, or 10-minute limit. Users can also challenge friends to head-to-head play.