The classic game UPWORDS is now available for iOS from indie developers Lonely Star Software.

**Featured in the App Store for World Battle Games!

UPWORDS adds another dimension to crossword board games. Build words by playing letters across, down and stacked atop existing letters. This unique 3-dimensional game play allows you to change existing words into new words. Score points for each letter tile in your word and every letter tile under your word. The higher you the stack, the higher you score. Build words, stack letters, score high and have fun!

If you love word games, give UPWORDS a try.

-Online multiplayer with friends or random opponents
-Online challenges to win tokens against other players
-Play against the Computer Opponent with 4 skill levels
-Pass and Play for 1-4 players
-In-Game Chat
-Player Rankings and Stats
-Push Notifications
-Multiple Themes

UPWORDS is Ad Supported but you can remove ads in the Store section of the app.

What’s New

Version 2.55

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

Off10cr8tive ,

Pay to skip commercials!!

Fun game to play with people who live at a distance or, for example, during a pandemic when you can’t go to your neighbor’s house for the real game. You can play up to 4 in person, just pass the iPad (it didn’t show up well on my iPhone 6) or invite one person remotely to play. Virtually playing worked well because I could pair up and easily work with another person if the other “one player” were in a different house or state. I really, really, really appreciate the option of paying for the app and not suffering through the commercials but others can choose to watch the commercials. Thanks!

Developer Response ,

You can remove ads in the Store section of the app.

Signora Italiana ,


I am enjoying this app so much. It’s challenging and different each time. I play the computer opponent and the different levels keep it challenging or easy. It’s a fair app as you aren’t forced to buy purchases to use it or get further in the game. It’s a personal choice to purchase hints, etc, but not a necessity. The upgrade without ads was the only purchase I made and well worth it.

As an older adult, it’s bringing me enjoyment and keeping my mind sharp.

I had the board game 35 years ago and played it with my stepdaughter. To this day she attributes Upwards for her stellar spelling ability as well as limitless vocabulary that’s helped immensely as an adult w/her career and also throughout her school years. How important this game shaped her little mind at the time wasn’t even a thought but these fun word games do have that impact.

But all that aside, it’s great fun! And I love not having to add the points! It’s all automatic. No cheating, no dictionaries to see if it’s spelled right or if it’s a real word, it automatically does it for you. Love it, it’s my favorite word game!

Stylee D ,

My favorite word game

I love this game, it can move quickly when playing a live player. Also no lag playing the computer. I love how it’s so streamlined without animation or silly promotional gimmicks. A dictionary in the game would be great though.

I do question the honesty of level 3 computer play. It seems like the computer wins by giving a really bad mix of letters to the live player and good ones to itself! I do always have an automated game going with my live ones, I wish they added it to the next play cue at the end of the internet challengers.

Pay the $3.99 for ad free lifetime play, you can listen to music uninterrupted while playing.

App Privacy

The developer, Lonely Star Software, Inc., 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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  • Contact Info
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  • Usage Data

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  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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