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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Ratings and Reviews
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.
I was getting very frustrated with this game, especially Friday - Sunday, when it got exceedingly more difficult, the hints were either too easy or impossible, and I was spending waaaaayyy too much time trying to figure it out, time which I really didn’t suppose to be using trying to get that days’ answer. My sister let me know about a feature I did not have enabled where you she got immediate feedback on whether the word she had entered was the right one or not. How nice is that?! I don’t spend endless amount of time trying to figure out the puzzle when a word (or more) has been entered incorrectly. I don’t need the hints anymore (which I actually miss using. Ha!) I still get a challenge, especially on the weekends, but the puzzle is now doable. Maybe I’ll get so good at it, that I’ll go back without getting that instant feedback, but for now, it’s nice to enjoy playing the games, without that little voice telling me there’s other things I need to be doing.
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!
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- 191.4 MB
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.6 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
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- In-App Purchases
- Knotwords Pro subscription $4.99
- Full Game $11.99
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