The word game genre isn't as common as the block matching puzzler or the physics puzzler. It tends to tickle a very specific part of the brain, and not everyone is a words person.
But we do love a good word game here at PG. You might expect that given that many of us write words for a living. But a good word game can transcend the level of your vocabulary and simply prove fun to play in its own right.
Interestingly, the following word draw an agreeable number of elements from other genres. Some take from the block puzzler genre, others the physics puzzler genre. Some are more like narrative adventures or RPGs than puzzlers.
That's why our best Android word game list is a lot more varied than you might think. Even if you don't think you like word games, we guarantee (well, we suspect) you'll like a few of these.
Blackbar's cleverly told tale of censorship has arguably never been more relevant. It's essentially a moving story told through the correspondence between two people living in an oppressive state, but with a simple word-identification game cleverly woven in.
Sticky Terms is a game that 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'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.
What would the casual game masters behind Candy Crush Saga do with the humble word game? Make AlphaBetty Saga is what. The game takes Scrabble and applies King's familiar bite-sized objectives structure.
Here's an inventive word game from the makers of Quell. Highrise Heroes (aka Highrise Word Heroes) smartly combines word forming with strategic block busting, all underpinned by an intriguing disaster narrative.
Did we say Words With Friends was the most recognisable game on this list? That was silly of us. Scrabble is clearly the king of word games, and the inspiration for many of the other games on this list.
Proving that word games can be both raucous and fun with alcohol, Heads Up has you holding your phone up to your head and guessing the name of the listed famous person from clues provided by your friends.
One of the most prestigious old school crossword puzzles in the world gets its own app. The New York Times Crossword has the kind of classy presentation you'd expect, and the ability to subscribe for an endless supply of puzzles.