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If you're a fan of TextTwist, you will love Reader's Digest Super Word Power. Have fun while increasing your vocabulary skills in two great game modes: Match a word with its definition in Quizzler mode or use clues to unscramble a word in Twister. A word-fan favorite for over 60 years, there's no better way to increase your brainpower and have fun at the same time.


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Who hasn't glanced through the Word Power section of Reader's Digest a time or two, feeling a little smug when they choose the correct definitions for the words found therein? It can be a diverting way to spend a couple of minutes--but part of the appeal of the Word Power page is that it's short and sweet. Super Word Power 1.0, on the other hand, is a heaping helping of over 5,000 words ranging from the slightly uncommon to the remarkably esoteric.

The game boasts only two modes: "Quizzler" and "Twister". The former is a pretty basic multiple-choice vocabulary drill that adheres closely to the magazine presentation format. You're given a word and four choices, with 15 seconds per word. Whether you guess correctly or not, you're provided with the correct definition of the word and a use in context.

Your progress through levels in "Quizzler" is dependent on the number of correct answers you make per round. The number of questions per round increases each level, as does the number of correct answers required for advancement. In between levels, you are offered a chance to match synonyms for bonus points, but that's about as exciting as things get.

In "Twister" mode, you are presented with the definition of a word and a jumble of letters. Your task is to correctly unscramble the word within 60 seconds. Some of the words are quite long, ranging up to 12 letters (at my last count), and so this mode could have been quite challenging...but it isn't really.

As you successfully unscramble words, you accumulate hints, of which you may use an unlimited amount on a single word. Each hint solves one letter of the puzzle in order. Since RD includes fairly common words such as "akin" and "amok" and "maw" with a free hand, anyone with a reasonable vocabulary ought to be able to keep themselves comfortably supplied with hints.

Then, too, in some cases, the material accompanying the puzzle was clearly not written with Twister mode in mind. For example, the clues for the word "newspeak" mention that it is an Orwellian compound of the words "new" and "speak".

Overall, the gameplay for both modes feels very minimalistic. Don't get me wrong, it does what it does competently, but the lack of variations within a theme can be rather dull. You can do the same thing over and over and over...more than five thousand times. There really aren't any visual or audio frills to spice things up, either. Although the graphics are smooth and pleasant enough, they're also very bland, as are the audio effects, including a limited, low-key (and, after time, irritatingly repetitive) soundtrack.

If you're serious about increasing the size of your vocabulary, or are a student studying for the SATs (or similar), you might find this program very helpful. If not, I hope you really, really have a passion for words, because otherwise you'll not find much entertainment here.

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Downloads 4,212
Version Downloads 3,466
License Shareware
Date 01 Oct 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $19.95
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