Developer: Thomas Wirtz
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Word searches are all the more fun when you're searching for the bizarre words rather than the mundane. Word Absurd by developer new-comer Trephination Proved Worthless LLC is a collection of word searches where the hidden words are slightly more unique than the standard fare.
Logically grouped according to categories, Word Absurd words aren't in your average Sunday paper puzzle. Word Absurd features a broad array of categories from Down of the Farm (things on a farm) to Doggy Style (pets). The words aren't displayed on the puzzle screen and hunting for words relevent to the category is half the fun. If you need a hint, tap on the word list and Word Absurd will let you know what you're looking for.
What makes Word Absurd a solid word search app are the smooth interface and the slight twist on common words. Instead of looking for dog, cow, sheep, or horse, you'll be looking for bullock, heifer, corgi, and taigan. When you find a word, simply touch the first letter and drag to the last to highlight. The touch screen interface is smooth and the word displays in the field just above the puzzle.
Word Absurd keeps track of puzzles you've solved completely as well as the ones you've given up on. As far as word search puzzles go, Word Absurd is a good one. It was clearly designed with the iPhone/iPad platform in mind and at just a dollar, is cheaper than buying a book of puzzles and far easier to carry along wherever you may go.