Should You Play It? AlphaBetty Saga
King's latest is interesting, but is it worth checking out?
King's latest title in its long-running series of "Saga" games is decidedly different from the rest of the stable. This one's called AlphaBetty Saga, and it revolves entirely around letters, words, and the like. In short, it's all about creating as many words as you can with the letters adjacent to others in each row. It's a lot like Boggle, only with a lot more rules in place, most of which involve you having to spend money later on to overcome.
But most importantly, and the reason you're probably here, should you play it? I bet you're just waiting for the day where I say something is a pile of garbage, aren't you? AlphaBetty Saga is a game that I think, yes, you should give a try. King knows its audience, and despite copying off of some of the most tired tropes anywhere, it knows how to make engaging games. AlphaBetty Saga is engaging in that it challenges you to come up with words using rudimentary letters. You can select a group of letters in a row, diagonally, or even across sections. Using selected power-ups, you can shuffle the board if you feel you've painted yourself into a corner, blow away certain letters, and use wild cards to create words for more points.
But, like with all free-to-play endeavors, there are sneaky alterations made to the formula that are introduced stage after stage, like pieces of cheese that you need to let fall to the bottom of the board so you can advance. You also have a limited number of moves to work with. It's easy to get into a groove and then totally screw yourself up as far as having zero moves left. Then you run out of lives and have to wait for them to fill back up. It's classic, by-the-book stuff, and you'll likely be familiar with these shortcomings, but you can live with them. Especially if you're only playing for a few minutes a day, which is what these games are great for.
If you're all candied out and tired of messing with popping bubbles, this is a nice little breather you can take. It's also definitely worth a look for its production values alone. It's free to download, so if you're interested you can pick it up on a mobile device of your choosing. You'll probably be hearing more about it in the future.