"Like, I want to play Gnomium right now because forming words and popping tiles looks like the equivalent of popping bubble wrap." - Carter Dotson,

Play the worlds first 'reactive' word puzzle, with hours of challenging game play (and a very cool flying pickax). This word-game that plays like an arcade game will have you mining and collect ore, coins and precious gems from a magical letter grid in the sky.

"It's like an up-beat mixture of Scrabble and Tetris with a cool matching element that keeps the pace going. It's all of my favorite genres in one!"

Become a master grid-manipulator by carefully (or brutally) amassing fortunes of copper, silver and gold through sequences of orderly word destruction.

Unlike most word games, Gnomium's core game play focuses on re-arranging words rather than finding them. In fact, the most efficient way to play is by not thinking of words at all, but rather sliding existing words to fill in empty spaces in order to create larger word combinations before you destroy them.

How to play:

With a limited number of tiles, use your skillful finger to slide words and swap tiles. Like hungry puzzle pieces, watch the grid find and link the most valuable words for you. Tap copper, silver and gold word-groups to mine precious ore and produce coins. Match 3 or more coins to produce more valuable coins and gems. Discover hidden strategies to prolong your game by acquiring higher level gems to open the 12 jeweled chests. This fast-paced action puzzler is fun and challenging for both young and old. Can you open the diamond treasure chest?

If you're playing Gnomium slowly, you're thinking too hard. ;)

* Discover secret and clever strategies for producing letter tiles, and opening jeweled chests to prolong your game.
* Play on randomly generated grids. No two games are the same.
* Find unique items such as hats that temporarily change up the game rules.
* Spend your hard-earned coins on a dozen booster items to improve your next game.
* Share funny gnome selfies with ad-libs generated from words found in your game.
* Challenge your friends to the highest score on Game Center leader boards.
* Enjoy artwork by award-winning artist Roland Vinh.
* Chill to 15 dynamically mixed mini-tracks by Pentameter, composed entirely in Propellerhead’s Figure for iOS.

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What's New

Version 1.01

Gnomium: Pocket Edition is now available worldwide, exclusively on iOS!

A huge thanks to the Canadians and Middle Earther's who provided great feedback during our soft launch. I was able to do some extra fine tuning and fix a few things under the cart.

I've got some exciting things coming in future updates so stay tuned.

Your feedback is like gold, if you find any please send it to and if you have a moment, please rate and review Gnomium.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

Excellent quick puzzle game

And much more than your typical match 3. Like way more. That said I feel the gold payout per round is a little stingy. Either I'm not doing something right or 8-10 gold is totally normally - which doesn't seem like a lot. I feel as though it should be ever so slightly higher. Also it seems the frame rate is a little sluggish. It's definitely not buttery smooth and I'm on a 6s. Nothing that really takes away from the game. Please give the option to pay to remove ads. You either watch a 30 second video or pay 50! Gold to skip 1 ad in one game... And gifts show up more than once (granted you have to tap to activate... But sometimes you're desperate). And as I've said earlier the gold payout is a tad low so spending 50 on skipping a single ad when the cheapest boost in the game is 100 gold I think I'll be hoarding for a while. Either way, Great job!

Lil Pips

I just hate it.

The dev has written a book over at the touch arcade forums about how we're supposed to play this game and to break out of the box of typical word games. The problem is, taking his advice, you're left with a mess of a game to play that is no fun at all. The tiles might as well not even be letters (they could just be random symbols that will either match or not match randomly with no control over the outcome by you), as you have NO TIME to think about making words and instead must just slide everything around crazily and hope for a match. You have to do this because the coins and gems that you are going for disappear VERY quickly, so you really have no time to think about anything. If you enjoy frantically swiping with no real thought involved then you'll love this. It's a shame too as there is a lot of polish in the game and the soundtrack is also quite nice.



Can't get past first screen/title it immediately crashes taking me to my home screen, while leaving the app open.....tried for a few days without success :(
I was trying on my iPad mini...not sure if that being an older device was causing the problem orbit...however if older devices are not supported I wish the app description would say so not wasting my time....blah


Retrodigio LLC
131 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Retrodigio LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Infinite Credits and 8x8 Grid $2.99


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