Updated February 23, 2021: New entries added


When it comes to puzzle games, we all like manipulating fruit and matching colours. But not all of us would admit to liking playing with words. For those of you that do like to play with words, we decided to make a list of the best word games for iPhone and iPad. 

Perhaps it's one too many family holidays spent playing scrabble. Or maybe it's the association with your deeply uncool dad doing the crossword. Some associate word games with homework, while others simply don't have the type of brain that clicks with wordplay.

Whatever the reason, the word game has become pretty niche. But it's a sizeable niche and it's one where the appeal is only growing broader and more mainstream.

Sure, we like a traditional word game. We earn our livings (such as it is) writing stuff. It's very much within our wheelhouse.

But word games don't necessarily have to be about word jumbles or anagrams. Plenty of mobile games these days play with language in a different way, whether it's to tell an interactive story or to make cats explode. You'll see what we mean in the following list.

Have we missed out your favourite iOS word game? Let us know in the comments below.