Much like the Wii U version, Lightwood Games’ Word Search by POWGI is very much like the console brother. Being on the go, this version tends to make more sense for the puzzle game, making it easy to pick up when one has extra time. Not only is there the portability factor, but this version also has one extra category of puzzles, giving it just a dozen word searches to play, the total number of puzzles being 336.
Being on the Nintendo 3DS, this version is a single player affair, but it may be for the best for the fans of this timeless puzzle. Going through the same puzzles as the Wii U version, as well as the additional “On Vacation” category, there is a lot of fun themes here. There is a quick play option to jump right into a random puzzle, as well as the option to choose a category and theme. One could go into the “Human Body” category and choose “Phobias” as a theme, getting a lot of fun words based on fears.
Even though this would be easy to consider the superior version, the price does come a little steep, sharing the same price point as the Wii U counterpart at $7.99. For the Wii U version, which has multiplayer, this is a bit more understandable, but being on a smaller screen and being more of a portable grab ‘n’ go type of game, it’s hard to make sense out of paying the same price. Another interesting thing to note is that the game does support 3D, though for what, that is anybody’s guess. It might as well have been a game without 3D, much like some of the other indie games on the eShop where 3D has no purpose. For what it’s worth, the game is still fun to play in one’s spare time.
Final Score: 6 out of 10