Summary Figure out the linking words to create a chain.
Description Type: Puzzle
Players: 1 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Developer or Designer: BB Games
Publisher: BB Games
Gets you thinking
Different themed subjects
Pop Words Reaction is a free puzzle game for Android tablets, in which you have to connect related words together. The aim is to create a chain between the brains.
You start off with one word, and are given a choice of nine other words to connect it with. That word will in turn connect to another word from the list. For example, say you start off with 'cat', the next word in the chain might be 'fish' for 'catfish' and then maybe 'finger' for 'fish finger'.
To begin with the answer is obvious, but with each level it becomes trickier. This is not only because you might come across words or phrases you are unfamiliar with, but also because there are times when multiple words from the list could fit. For example, if your starting word is 'head', the list might contain 'ache' and 'cold', both of which would work, but only one is the correct answer.
To some extent it is pot luck, but there is also strategy involved. When considering these two words, try to determine the your next move? Do either of these words connect with another from the list? If not, then it is probably the other one that fits in.
There are five categories, including movies, music, products, people, and sport, and each one has forty-eight levels. You need to complete each level to unlock the next category.
Although each category has a particular theme, it is subtle. In the Movie category, for example, not all the words form the name of a movie or are related to movies. The movie related words are usually at the start or end of the chain, with the others being miscellaneous. It might have been more interesting if the entire chain formed movie titles.
At the end of each level, you get a star rating out of three, based on how many guesses you had, and how long it took to complete the level. If you did well, then you earn hints. These are helpful if you get stuck, as they give you a clue as to which word to pick next. Bare in mind that the clock is ticking while you do this.
Another handy feature are bombs. If you use a bomb, then it blows up half the words on the list, giving you less to have to choose from.
Pop Words Reaction is a great mind game, but is a bit repetitive, as there is no variation in the format, and many of the linking words get repeated. It would have been nice if there were some other types of games too, such as picking one word that relates to all the above words. For example, if given 'head', 'bird', and 'market', the answer would be 'black'.
If you play on an infrequent basis, then it will keep you entertained, but otherwise you might start to get bored after any prolonged gameplay.