Battle against an evil force in this unique word/RPG hybrid game! Face off against countless enemies in turn-based combat by mastering words, spells, weapons, and items. Explore an ever-unfolding map with characters to meet, stories to tell, and quests to embark upon. Earn gold and visit shops to upgrade your equipment and buy items. Earn experience to level up and improve your character's fighting stats in combat.

In Shadow Codex, turn-based combat is accomplished by spelling words on a shared game board of letters. Pick letters and chain them to an adjacent letter to form a valid word. Each word you spell will earn a certain score. This score is added to your "action points." If you reach a certain amount as defined by your equipped weapon, you will gain a weapon attack to use in a future turn. Rarer letters and longer words give big scores where you can potentially gain extra turns or numerous attacks! Gems on letters will double the score!

In addition to word-spelling, you can also cast powerful spells. These spells can change letters on the game board, heal you, damage your enemy, and can be learned by defeating foes and completing quests.

• Face off against over 45 characters and monsters w/ unique abilities!
• Earn gold to purchase new weapons with unique stats and abilities.
• Earn XP to level-up and improve your stats and magic power.
• Cast spells to gain an advantage or aid your word-spelling ability.
• Use items to heal yourself and win the battle!

• 3 extra mini-games help you earn gold and experience!
• Test your spelling speed in the Endurance Trial game.
• Unlock chests by playing a word search-type game. You never know what you'll find!
•Collect or harvest items quickly to aid your fellow citizens and earn rewards!

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

John the great no 34 ,

Just what I’ve been waiting for!

In short, this game is awesome! It reminds me so much of the original Puzzle Quest for the DS back in the day. The only difference is instead of a match 3 game, it’s battling beast with words. A perfect match! My only criticism is that while this could be a perfect pick up and play game, it’s TOO small for the iPhone. Please make the text bigger so I don’t have to rely on my iPad to play this. On a side note to the game maker, I’m stuck in the game. I need to get herbs for the floating boots but I can’t find it anywhere, please help! Thanks for making a great game and I can’t wait for a direct sequel.

Developer Response ,

Zombies and bears can drop herbs. Thanks for playing!

ozymandiasjuice ,

Great strategy elements

Fun rpg with an added element. The word puzzle board is more of a strategic factor where you decide how often to use it to buff your character. Much more tactical game than it first appears. Give it a try and stick with it as the first couple of battles are designed to be easy so you don’t fully appreciate the strategic design until later.

Hans Urs von Balthasar ,

Dead end arithmetic?

I love the idea and mechanics of the game, up to a point. At lvl16 with the best weapon available (iron mace) I do 1 point of damage with a regular attack and 5 points with the Melee spell. It takes a couple hours and more potions than I can afford to wear down a boss. I can’t grind XP to get ahead b/c monsters match the PC’s level. Grinding for gold is futile b/c (1) there’s nothing useful to buy except more health potions, and (2) grinding means XPs, levels up, tougher monsters. I’m at the Gryphon and the arithmetic has ground to a halt. Game over. I hope an update will loosen up the math so grinding has some benefit. Not huge, just something positive rather than a negative.

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