By Fredrik Wahrman
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iAssociate is a word association game, where the goal of the game is to guess which words, or phrases, are associated to the other words in the game. Every word is associated to at least two other words, and the associations are meant to be things that you come to think of upon hearing the word.
For example, you might start off a level with for instance "Movie Genres" which would show up with four different associations, Drama, Action, Comedy and Thriller. These associations would of course be hidden initially, so they would show up as "----- (5)", "------ (6)", "------ (6)" and "-------- (8)". When you would correctly reveal one of these associations then that word would in turn lead to other new words, Thriller might for instance lead to Michael Jackson, etc.
iAssociate is the sequel to my first word association game, Mercury Mind. iAssociate contains larger versions of the original Mercury Mind levels (about 50% larger), as well as some brand new levels, making the game over twice as big as Mercury Mind!
The game features multiple levels of varying difficulty, starting off easy with a small level centered on the word Blue, and then leading into larger levels, such as a theme level with lots of comics and cartoons associations and one that'll lead you from playing cards all the way to the moon and back.
In the game you'll find out what connects Iron Maiden with Robin Hood, how Star Wars and Queen are related, and much more. This game will take you all over historical events, sports, pop culture, music, and so forth, offering large levels that are easy to get into, but hard to solve.
Your progress in the game is scored according to how many words you have guessed correctly, or if you have words that you have revealed partially you'll also get points for those. By collecting enough points you'll unlock more levels. Besides unlocking new levels with the points you also have the chance to earn medals for your progress in the game. If you perform well enough you'll unlock a bonus mode, which will further challenge your mind.
Besides unlocking new levels with your points you can also keep track of how you are doing against all other players by submitting your scores online, this will show you your current rank in every level against all other players.
The gameplay in iAssociate is simple and intuitive, simply just click on a word to enter your guess. If the word is correct it will be revealed, or if any of the starting characters are correct, then those will be revealed so that you'll have a chance of guessing what it is based on those.
To speed up play you can enter your words by clicking on a word which you have already guessed correctly. If you do that then your guess will be matched against every word associated from that one.
If you've played any of the free Associate This games and want more and bigger levels then iAssociate is your choice.
The game currently features the following 12 levels:
- Out of the blue
- Surfing the web
- Theme: Comics & Cartoons
- Ace's High
- TV Series
- Poker Stars
- Movie Genres
- Which famous Lees?
- Theme: USA
If you like this game make sure you check out the sequel as well by looking up iAssociate 2!
Some comments from reviews iAssociate has received:
"iAssociate was a blast to play!" - www.tuaw.com
"If I were to choose one that I would spend my money on, it would be iAssociate." - www.appletell.com (Word game round up)
What's New in Version 1.7
- A new level has been added
Loveit, but wish it would be a little more flexible in entry
Gave it 5, but I'm holding back on 1/4 of a star - ONLY because one word drove me nuts (so far).
If a word contains non-alpha characters (., (Space), -) - it would be nice if the system would allow you to bypass those. Drove myself nuts trying to figure out on word only to find it was not picking it up because I didn't type it as "St. Anger" (was not putting the "space" between the period and "anger").
ARGH - Frusterated, but still one of my favorite games that actually makes me think.
Challenging & Addictive
Great word game! Some of the levels were very challenging and took a while to solve... Which is a good thing! It's one of my favorites. I also have iAssociate 2 which has an improved layout overall. But I'd tell you to get them both.. Because when you've solved them all, you'll want more! Lots of fun to play alone or even with someone else. Figure it out together. Definately recommend this app. Worth the price for sure. =)
The best part about this game is if you don't know the answer to something, the easiest way to figure it out is look it up. I learned a bunch of interesting new things that I had no reason to look up before. This game is a lot of fun and I couldn't stop playing until I finished it. Hope to keep getting more puzzles with updates! Best game I have spent my money on!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jun 03, 2010
- Version: 1.7
- Size: 0.4 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Fredrik Wahrman
- © Fredrik Wahrman, 2009
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.