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Survival Words combines elements from your favorite word games like Scrabble, Words With Friends, Boggle, Jumbles and Anagrams - and the result is an addicting, one player word game! Swap tiles to make words and move your guy around the board. Avoid enemies using only your vocabulary, spelling skills, and speed (oh, and power ups!).

Think of it as Words Without Friends. Hone your word game skills while waiting for your lame-o friends to finally make their move in those other games. In the meantime you'll be trying to survive while unlocking achievements and racing to the top of the leader boards on Game Center.

So how exactly do you play Survival Words? Well, I'm glad you asked!

Here's the deal. In Survival Words you are represented by a smiley face. Your smiley starts out in the middle of a grid of tiles. Each tile has a letter on it. Your job, dear player, is to make words by swapping tiles. Any two tiles on the board can be swapped. Use the tiles to create words that branch out from your smiley. When you've formed a word - just touch your smiley and drag out across it. If the word is valid (according to the Scrabble Dictionary), your smiley will move to the end of the word!

Remember, you can't move diagonally and words need to be three letters or longer!

However, since only making words is kinda boring and that game already exists (Boggle), in Survival Words there are some bad guys that are coming after you. Each time they move, they eat up the letter of whatever tile they're on! But fear not fearless player, for each time you make a word - those blank tiles will once again get a letter!

But wait, there's more!

You do have some defensive tools at your disposal. Above the board you'll notice two icons - a clock and a tornado. Each are a different color. Every so often, a tile of one of those colors will appear on the board. If you use that tile in a word - you'll receive the corresponding power up! Simply tap the icon to use it.

The clock timer freezes all the bad guys on the board for a short span of time.

The tornado spins the nearest enemy off the board.

And that, dear player, is how Survival Words works. Make words. Use power ups. Avoid being eaten.

Oh, and one last thingamabob. In the extremely unlikely event that there are no vowels on the board - just shake your device and you’ll get a new set of tiles!

Alright, good talk. Now get out there and see how long you can survive!

What’s New

Version 1.0.5

Bugs squashed.
Tutorial updated.

Thanks for playing Survival Words! If you're liking the game, please leave a review - it really helps! And if you have any question, concerns, or ideas you can drop me an email at ross@literarily.org

Ratings and Reviews

Nitecatchr ,

Surprise find

Really good idea! Very hard but the minimalist look is great, and there are plenty of customization options as well as difficulty.
Would love to see the icon change to either the skull or the hipster face with the mustache....
Great game that I hope gets more attention.

Mike W....... ,

Unique Puzzler!

I've never played any word game like this. Kinda reminds me of the old arcade game Qbert, except with the added twist of creating words. Very addicting!

MPwildcat ,


Wish I wasn't such a spaz. Hard not to keep playing to beat your best scores.


Ross McNamara
35.8 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Armenian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Ross McNamara
In-App Purchases
  1. Go Pro $0.99


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  • Family Sharing

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