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Dear Reader 12+

Literary Wordplay

Local No. 12


Play your favorite books! Puzzle through Pride and Prejudice, Wizard of Oz, Dracula, and more, as you unlock new word puzzles and build your library.

• Play with more than a hundred classic books
• Unlock dozens of ways to Wordplay
• Acquire new books from a rotating selection in the Bookstore
• Earn Rare Books by completing challenging Reading Goals
• Embark on Research missions to unlock special abilities
• Puzzle through increasingly difficult Daily Challenges

“If I’m not actually reading in my down time then I’m likely playing Dear Reader.” -one of our dear players

Dear Reader lets you curl up and play your favorite books, turning classic literature into clever word puzzles. Unscramble passages from famous books, unlock unique puzzles, and add new books to your library.

Dear Reader includes over 130 literary classics and dozens of different types of word puzzles, from unscrambling anagrams to swapping lines of text. Dear Reader is the first and only game where you can play with the actual written words of so many tempting books of classic literature!

As Game Developer’s Alissa McAloon wrote, Dear Reader is “a game that’s as difficult to put down as a good book.”

Best Apple Arcade Games, IGN
Top 5 Apple Arcade recommended games, Bustle Magazine
12 Best Apple Arcade games, Gamespot
10 Best Mobile Games of the Year, Paste Magazine
Official Finalist, IndieCade
Official Selection, Indie Megabooth GDC Showcase
Official Selection, Wordplay Festival
Best Gameplay Finalist, Games for Change
Best Meaningful Play, International Mobile Gaming Awards

What’s New

Version 3.0.2

Version 3.0:

Very Dear Readers,
We are happy to announce a major update to the game! This version of Dear Reader contains the following changes, additions, and improvements:
• Six new books - including Shakespeare's Sonnets (unabridged!), Frederick Douglass' autobiography, and a century-old guide to Hypnotism, Mesmerism, and Mind-Reading.
• Completely revised Rare Books section - choose any book at any time
• All-new "Asters" - earn Asters from Reading Goals to get Rare Books.
• Plus text edits, gameplay balance tweaks, and UX fixes.
Enjoy the revised version of the game and happy reading!

Version 3.0.1:

• Updated Research Assignments

Version 3.0.2:

• Minor Tutorial Update


App Privacy

The developer, Local No. 12, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

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