Knotwords 4+

Your new daily word fix

Zach Gage

Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Knotwords is a minimal and elegant logic puzzle — with words.

The rules are simple: arrange the letters in each section so every word is valid, across and down.

Each puzzle may seem difficult at first — but like all my favorite newspaper puzzles, it gets easier as you progress. Each step guides you naturally towards the solution.

This is the kind of game I've been trying to make my whole career — I'm amazed Jack and I discovered this design. We hope you like it.


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What’s New

Version 1.0.17

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.7K Ratings

5.7K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Knotwords is a mix of crossword puzzles and sudoku—and much more. As we’ve come to expect from developer Zach Gage, he expertly mixes familiar ideas to create something novel (it’s a little like playing a crossword puzzle without the clues). Whether we’re unscrambling words and flexing our vocabulary in daily challenges or working through the sprawling monthly puzzle books, Knotwords’ unique brainteasers keep us coming back for more.

Sawdust & Noise ,

Well Done!

This is the best word game to come along since EA gave up on Scabble. Well-designed user interface. Phenomonally rare privacy policy -- no data collected! There are three simple, easy-to-find settings in the app. My only quibble lies here. So-called "music" is full volume by default. IMO let those who actually like such a racket turn it on. It has no settings in the device menu. I was expecting "use cellular data" , but it appears everything is included in the unusually large download. It does appear under "Siri", where I turn off everything for all apps. Many an app I download, I delete within sixty seconds. This is a keeper.

Update after much use: This is strongly addictive for fans of word games. The three dailies are now part of my morning routine. I started the monthly book for the current month and finished all sixty puzzles in one week. (Did I say it's addictve?)

Just now dug into the archives and discovered -- and fixed -- my early failures. Now I'm working backward through previously untried games. (Did I say it's addictve? Good thing I'm retired!)

Only nit: Cursor movement is confusing, especially when backspacing to fix an error. Toggling between the two entry modes toggles the confusion mode as well. Not bad enough to deduct a star, but be alert! The world needs more lerts.

AllieFl ,

Improvements needed

I really enjoy this game! It’s very challenging, but soluble with persistence. Haven’t used any hints yet!
There are some things that need improvement, though. The spelling is off sometimes. Sometimes an “s” is added to a word that doesn’t take one - for example “ares” - maybe it’s meant to be Ares, the god of war - but this would break the general rule of word games that they don’t use proper names. There are also some verbs that an “s” is added to, but which don’t have this form. The most annoying one is in May Puzzle Book #23 in which all my words check positive except for ax! Ax is the currently accepted spelling (not axe).
I’m also find how the active blank space in a word is shown in the puzzle (I’m playing on an iPad Pro). The color of the space is a darker hue than the other spaces, but the contrast is not good enough to make it obvious which space the letter you enter will go in. It would be better if the active space was another color altogether.
These annoyances don’t take away from the overall game, but I should would like to see them fixed!

App Privacy

The developer, Zach Gage, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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