Whether you’re on public transport or just trying to kill time during a rest break at work, a challenging word puzzle is often the right tonic for a quick mental exercise. You might have played cross-platform games like Scrabble or Words with Friends and there are literally thousands of other word games that you may not have tried yet. Windows Store is now slowly catching up with iOS and Android for the number of word building games available for it, and Snap Attack is just the latest entry in this genre. Published by Microsoft Studios, Snap Attack is a free real time word builder where the player races against time and competes with thousands of online players trying to complete word puzzles using the exact same word board as they are.
Snap Attack is a very easy to play game, but involves a lot of brain work. The quick tutorial at the game’s first launch gets you acquainted with how the basic gameplay mechanics work. It basically requires you to achieve the highest score at the end of a two and a half minute round, each of which comprises of Snaps (word puzzles) on a game board. These snaps are made by building words with the colored movable tiles that connect to the fixed black tiles on the game board already. Each snap must be used to form a valid word from left, right, top or bottom. The more tiles a Snap includes, the more points you get. The game sports a simple and elegant design.
When a round begins, you need to pay close attention to the objective you’re given in the game. It’s very easy to just rack up a high score but without paying attention to the finer details of a level’s objective, which is racking up as many words as you can, you may find it a bit more challenging than usual.
At the top of the screen, you will find your score and total Snap count, as well as the amount of time left in that particular round (2 1/2 minutes) at top right. The game board carries a few words by default meticulously contained in black tiles, which remain fixed throughout the entire round and cannot be moved by the player.
The movable tiles are located in the word rack, at the bottom. These are your movable tiles and every word that you create will contain one or more of these tiles. Below these blue tiles is a ticker button to shuffle the rack and recall tiles from the game board back to the rack with a single click.
A tile can be moved at the required block by simply dragging it there. Words can be built either in single or multiple snaps. A single-snap consists of a single word that you have created, while multi-snaps are multiple words created on the same board that do not necessarily have to be connected.
At the conclusion of the 2 1/2-minute game playing phase, the screen shows ‘Time’s up’ and moves to an individual results review page that lasts about 30 seconds letting you see how others have been competing against you in the same round.
Snap Attack is available at the Windows Store for free. You can download it via the link below.