Word Fusion is a word puzzle game for the iOS operating system compatible with both iPhone and the iPad. Players tag along with Otto; a 10-year-old boy with a passion for chemistry and science. Usually his inventions bring more harm than benefit, until he got an odd present from an unknown stranger. Inside he finds an unusual chemistry set. Its beakers must be filled with knowledge before the experiments explode to discover the mysteries that await.
All story aside, Word Fusion boils down to an attempt to find words in a grid of letters, trying to aim for a high score or complete a goal before time runs out. In each level, you have one minute to accomplish your goal, which is usually to complete a certain number of words with four letters, five letters, or six letters. One minute is a very short amount of time, but every word you complete gives you a few more seconds on the timer.
The controls are very simple. Simply swipe your finger over a word to have it scored. It doesnít matter if itís vertical or horizontal or even backwards. However, it must be at least three letters long, and you canít use diagonals. You can also swipe across two letters to swap their positions, a vital skill in order to earn those longer words you need to complete a stage.
Word Fusionís graphics are very simple, and thereís really little need for them to be any more detailed; the simple cartoony graphics match the game. However, the animations could use a bit more flair, especially when I complete words or levels. It feels a bit mechanical instead of celebratory, but this is just nitpicking. No one comes to a $1 iOS game expecting quality graphics, unless it has a glut of microtransactions. Word Fusion is thankfully free of that.
The sounds are likewise simple. The game has an calming little ditty that plays practically all of the time, and a few variations of it in different screens helps to keep it from getting too repetitive. Sound effects are limited to a few simple beeps and chimes whenever you score words. While the sounds in this game are relatively limited, they work, and nothing seems immediately lackluster unless you reflect on it.
Word Fusion is entertaining enough, but its production values seem more at home on a Flash game, or at least, an ad-supported free mobile game. The gameplay grows old quickly, and it may not hold your attention for long. Still, itís not a terrible game. It just isnít an excellent one. For a dollar, though, it has its charms.