Today’s free iPhone app at FreeAppADay.com is Moxie, a word game that can be most easily compared to the board game UpWords. Like a combination of Solitaire and Scrabble, Moxie gives you a starting pile of 52 cards, each with a single letter and point value attached. You’ll go through them, one at a time, placing them into one of three horizontal word spaces, to create words of your choosing.
After you’ve created your first word – for the sake of the example, let’s say you spelled the word “cat,” you’ll then earn more points, the longer you can keep that particular word chain going. For instance, if an H came into play, “cat” could become “hat.” Receive an O card, and “hat” becomes “hot,” and so on.
While a large vocabulary will give you more words to work with, the true skill here is strategy, as you attempt to build as high a score as possible, with longer words being worth more points, and a break in a chain (forming an incorrect word) actually taking points away from your total.
You can pass letters that you don’t like, pause and pick up right where you left off (should you be interrupted by a phone call, for instance), and track your high score on a global leaderboard. If Moxie sounds like fun to you, make sure to pick it up while it’s free today, and check out the video below to get a real look at how the game is played.