Easter Words is a Feel-Good Family Game

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Guess the Easter word one letter at a timeEaster Words is a family-friendly holiday game for the iPhone. Like its cousin, Hangman, the user guesses a word one letter at a time. Unlike Hangman, there are no negative consequences for picking the wrong letters.

A blank egg and the alphabet greet the user at the start of the game. To play Easter Words, you tap one letter at a time until you can guess the word. Each correct letter is rewarded by an added decoration to the Easter egg; developer Hristo Bojinov chose to provide positive reinforcement to the user during this game rather than a negative punishment.

Words are both secular and religious, such as ‘basket,’ ‘bonnet,’ ‘mass’ and ‘resurrection.’ After you complete the word, you can choose to see a definition, meant to stimulate family discussion of Easter traditions.

I could not figure out how to start a new game, so I just tapped the screen a bunch of times in different places until I realized you can tap any letter to advance to the next word.

When playing Easter Words, there is no sense of competition and no score. You just guess the letters until you get the word. Since there are only four Easter egg designs, there's very little anticipation about seeing the fully decorated egg.

Maybe it's OK that Easter Words is not exciting. Though I prefer a sense of competition when I am playing a game, even if I am simply competing with myself. Competition isn't as necessary for children and the positive reinforcement is a nice touch for kids.

Easter Words could probably keep your eight- or nine-year-old occupied for a little while on Easter morning. If you are worried about cavities, it could be a good alternative to jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Me? I’ll take the chocolate.

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