Top 25 best word games for Android phones and tablets
Updated on June 18th, 2022 - added new titles
A lot of people will claim that they don't like Android word games. Among the wider puzzle genre, it's very much an acquired taste.
Blame it on Christmas Scrabble marathons, dorky game shows, and the crossword section of your Dad's stuff old newspaper. Or maybe it's simply down to the fact that your brain doesn't really do words as well as other things.
Whatever the reason, word games are rather a niche, especially compared to match-three puzzlers. But they really shouldn't be.
Alongside the usual scramble games, there's a rich and growing field of other titles that centre on words, but that doesn't feel like you're doing your homework.
We're talking about clever choose-your-own-adventures, casual party games, and plenty of oddities that defy categorisation.
Have we missed out on one of your favourite word games for Android? Let us know in the comments below.Original list by Jon Mundy, updated up Pocket Gamer Staff.
Words of Wonders
Words of Wonders is a title where you have to basically connect letters and form various words in order to unlock the next level.
You have a combination of crosswords where vocabulary and spelling skills can make or break the game, but don't worry - there are also plenty of hints for you to pick up in case you get stuck. It's a brilliant title, and probably one of the best Android word games at the moment.Download Words of Wonders
Sticky Terms quite literally has you playing with words. Peel apart colourful clusters of abstract dashes and dots, and reassemble them to form untranslatable words from across the world. Fun!
You can always find this beautiful title enjoyable if this genre is your bread and butter - or if you're looking for a few more beautiful-looking titles, you can check out our list of top 25 best looking Android games!Download Sticky Terms
If you think of Android word games as dry, solitary pursuits, you've clearly never met Letterpress. This is a fine multiplayer competition of verbal chess.
Probably the best thing you can look at when playing Letterpress, however, is the fact that you can find out so many facts about the words that you unveil - and even better, if you're a master of terms, you can use that to your advantage when beating your opponent up!Download Letterpress
The humble crossword meets the word jumble in this inspired supergroup. Add some super-clean presentation and an intuitive control system, and you're L-A-U-G-H-I-N-G.
If you're eager to find out how well-adjusted and polished we found this Android word game, you need to give it a try. Not to spoil anything, but it's a brilliant little title that you'll quickly fall in love with.Download Crossgrams
You're provided with nine letters from which to construct as many words as possible, with a minimum length of four letters. That's half the appeal of Wooords. The other is its brilliant fridge magnetic aesthetic.
Is it the best word game for Android? Maybe - or maybe not. To put it simply, it's all written in those scrambled letters and once you figure it out, you'll have the answer you were looking for! Otherwise, if you like reading, you can check out these 25 best text-based Android games!Download Wooords
Who says word games have to be dry puzzlers? Spellspire is an action RPG, but one where your attacks are powered by your vocabulary. I guess it pays off to really pay attention in that boring grammar class!
Even though you might be a seasoned RPG player, you'll find it easy to approach the unique play style of Spellspire - it's fun, engaging and it offers enough to make you learn a new phrase or two.Download Spellspire
The maker of SpellTower also produced this fine title. TypeShift is a concise and stylish blend of anagrams, word searches, and crosswords, which should feel at home in the hands of anyone who seeks a great title belonging to the genre.
It also looks modern and clean, and if you want something that's not only great to play but also to look at, this is as good as it gets.Download TypeShift
Words With Friends
Perhaps the most famous title on this list, Words With Friends is the perennially inclusive online Scrabble-like that every person and their Mum seems to have played.
Words With Friends is a rather classic Android word game, so you shouldn't expect it to be some next-gen creation like Letterpress or even SpellSpire - here it's all about terms, and you get to enjoy it together with your friends or in single player.
If you are looking for more multiplayer titles, you should check our top 28 best multiplayer games on Android!Download Words With Friends
What would the casual masters behind Candy Crush Saga do with the humble word game? Make AlphaBetty Saga is what. This one takes Scrabble and applies King's familiar bite-sized objectives structure.
In this adorable "mousy adventure" you have literally thousands of levels to challenge, so that's always something to look out for if you're someone who enjoys titles like Candy Crush and other endlessly challenging creations.Download Alphabetty Saga
Every other genre has been infected by zombies, so why not the word game? Especially when the results are this tasty. Move through a ravaged city by linking four-letter terms, avoiding zombies and collecting supplies.
Its unique pixelated approach makes it look like those survivals we all know and love (which it is!), except a lot more polished in the wordy department. No, zombies don't speak, but they do leave texts around the screen!Download Deadword
One of the most original Android word games in ages, Supertype adds a physics-based puzzler angle, so the shape and size of the letter make all the difference.
Supertype looks absolutely stunning, and if that plays a role in how you see mobile titles, then this one will definitely make it into your top 10. It's a little puzzle-ish and that, alongside its clever choice of expressions, makes it a must-play in 2022.Download supertype
A very clever and experimental choose-your-own-adventure where every twist and turn is dictated by a single sparsely animated word. Brilliantly fascinating, this text-based slash word masterpiece is a must-play in our books.
It's unlike every other title on this list, but it is, in fact, a word game. You might want to brace yourself before diving in though because it's probably unlike everything you've played so far.Download Ord.
Alphabet 2 follows the original game's lead, asking you to form words in order to create huge bear-like blocks. It's very cute, very silly, and very moreish.
Are we biased if we say that it's the best word game for Android ever? Maybe it's because of the bear - we're strongly inclined to recommend it to everyone, so if you're not yet sure whether or not to try it, you can take our word - give it a try!Download Alphabear 2
Imagine a scramble game where you're limited to forming four-letter words. It might sound restrictive, but Four Letters builds a compellingly accessible score chaser out of the premise.
To be completely honest, you'll be surprised at just how many four-letter words there are! From 'fast' to 'slow' and everything in between, there's a whole four-lettered universe for you to discover. It's also incredibly compelling once you get started.Download Four Letters
Titles that belong to this genre aren't typically as riotous as Kitty Letter, which revels in a gleefully frenetic sense of chaos. It has exploding cats. Yes - exploding c-a-t-s.
If that did not convince you (even by spelling it out), then you need to check out the trailer below. It's a wholesome title, and if you're looking for more similar ones, feel free to dive into our list of best relaxing Android games! There's definitely something in there for you.Download Kitty Letter
There's nothing else quite like AI Dungeon out there. It takes the old school text adventure and applies some machine learning, resulting in a series of interactive adventures that can veer off in genuinely unpredictable directions.
AI Dungeon lets you do pretty much anything imaginable, so if that's not the best title to feature on our list, then I don't know what is. With multiple settings and environments, you can create and let your imagination roam free - where can you really do that nowadays?Download AI Dungeon
Words Out take the classic format and apply some Solitaire card magic. Deal out your letter cards and construct four rows of words, seeking to get a great score without running into any dead ends.
Its interactive approach makes it something highly addictive and fun, and you shouldn't be surprised if you find yourself playing Words Out for hours on end - the thrill of getting the next high score is something we typically get caught in too!Download Words Out
Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast
Not a word puzzler, as such, but a title that's interested in the power of words to wound. The idea here is to build elaborate insult combos to take down your smack-talking rival.
It's probably one of the greatest Android word games out there since it is guaranteed to take your vocabulary skills and sense of humour and turn them into a lethal dose of roast. It's absolutely fantastic, and you should check it out the first chance you get.Download Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast
If you thought Tetris was easy, then how about adding letters to those cubes and trying to make up words before dying a swift and (arguably) painless death - that's exactly what BAIKOH does, but with a very beautiful approach in terms of visuals.... or at least, sort of.
You have plenty of challenges laying ahead and you need to make the best use of your power-ups in order to destroy the letters that don't fit in. It's perfect.Download BAIKOH
Here's an inventive title from the makers of Quell. Highrise Heroes (aka Highrise Word Heroes) smartly combines word forming with strategic blockbusting, all underpinned by an intriguing disaster narrative.
Highrise Heroes is pretty simple at first, but lo and behold, it's all going to come crashing down if you're not paying attention and devise a strategy beforehand. It's one of the most challenging word games for Android right now.Download Highrise Heroes
If you've ever played the board game Boggle, then you'll be perfectly au fait with Ruzzle's light and snappy competitive word jumbles.
You can play Ruzzle with friends or with strangers, and it's as fun as it is competitive. That means if you know your vocabulary well, you'll probably end up winning a lot more than your competitors.Download Ruzzle
A stylish interactive fiction experience that's light on gameplay, but big on ideas and visual impact, combining words and video in a unique way.
We have a Lineweight review for you to gaze at if you're willing to read a few more lines about it before diving right in. In short, it's a beautiful game that has terms at its centre, and all the action revolving around them.Download Lineweight
A tastefully minimalist word jumble that tasks you with dragging out words in all directions. The twist is, you can only use each letter once, and must use as many as possible.
This title is pretty similar to others featured in our list, but we're positive you will find it interestingly unique thanks to its single-use letter feature. It's a tad more challenging than the previously mentioned ones.Download Word Forward
A name that sums up the entire game - PicWords. Here you have a visual masterpiece where you need to discover three words that can fit into the picture shown. It's clever, fun, and can be quite unexpected since it also tests your visual perception.
Of course, you will receive random letters which you'll have to jumble in order to discover what the words actually are. A brand new approach to the genre that will leave you wanting more.Download PicWords
Did we say Words With Friends was the most recognisable title on this list? That was silly of us. Scrabble is clearly the king of the genre and the inspiration for many of the other word games for Android.
You cannot essentially make a list like this one without remotely mentioning Scrabble - at least once. It has fascinated the world through its board game form, and is now conquering the online with its digital form. The bright side of that? You cannot misplace the pieces!Download Scrabble Go