Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey

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Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey

KimberlyFrom Bacon Bandit Games comes a charming new word game where you play a resourceful creature called Grimm. In Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey, free for iOS and Android, you've taken it upon yourself to clear all the dungeons of evil, not with a weapon, but with your words!... okay, a scythe is also used. Each stage is broken down into three parts, indicated by stars, the first of which will be granted when you kill all the monsters by spelling words, while the others are earned by completing different challenges once you've won a stage the first time. Tap the letters on the board in any order to make a word. Letters don't have to be next to each other, and there isn't a clock, so feel free to take your time. Longer words and words that include harder to use letters (indicated by the color of the dot on the tile) do more damage. The tiles will turn blue once you've spelled a valid word, and if you've made a mistake, just tap on your word to return tiles to the board. Once you're satisfied with your word, hit the green attack button to deal some damage. If you can't find a word on the board, hit the arrows on the left to mix things up, though this takes up a turn.

Letter Quest: Grimm's JourneyYou can tap on enemies to see an amusing description as well as their stats. Aside from attacking you, enemies can affect the game board in various ways by changing the tiles. There are poison tiles that will harm you if you use them, or stone tiles, that you can't use at all, among many others. Affected tiles have a countdown in the corner, and once it reaches zero, the tiles go back to normal. Occasionally crystal tiles will appear to give you a bonus, such as a shield, if you use them. If you can't remember what all the different components do, just hit the question mark button, then tap the item in question for a reminder. As you progress the baddies start having peculiar traits... one I found particularly difficult was the enemy that only takes damage from words that begin with a vowel.

You'll earn gems by killing monsters and completing stages and quests as you go. Gems are used to purchase upgrades and potions in the shop. There are also books with special effects that you can carry with you and level up as well. While there are in-app purchases within the game, Grimm's Journey is perfectly playable without buying anything, though you might consider hitting the donate button if you like the game. There are a ton of levels to traverse, achievements to earn, and bosses to kill... enough to keep you busy for quite awhile. While at its core Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey is a simple word game that's easy to pick up, it goes on to show you that the pen and sword can work together to make a lot whole lot of fun.

Play Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey (Demo)

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 2. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.


smithmj5 March 19, 2014 8:12 PM

Hi, my name is Mark and I'm one of the two developers that is Bacon Bandit Games - we made Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey.

Thank you so much for the review! We're currently working on a big update for the game with a bunch of extra content!



The review says it's available in flash, but there's no link--they all go to itunes. Is that a mistake, or can you link it? Thanks!


Oops...sorry...didn't realize the HUGE green button at the bottom was the flash demo. :D


FWIW, I was also thrown off by the link from the game's name going to the iTunes store rather than game.


A couple of things to note about the demo - it doesn't have several things that are found in the full game. The full game includes several different weapons for Grimm, several different looks for the letter tiles, 40 stages with 3 stars each, lots more books and items to unlock, several optional challenge stages and monsters, and more!

Thank you to everyone that has tried the demo, I'd love to hear any feedback you might have! :)


I played through the demo and immediately downloaded the full game. How's that for feedback? :)


That's awesome feedback, super happy to hear it! Enjoy the game! :)


I enjoyed playing the demo. Does the difficulty go up much more after that? I found it fun but a bit easy.

Also, is there a full flash version too? I don't have iOS or Android.

smithmj5 March 21, 2014 3:15 PM

The difficulty does increase after the demo content. Also there are 10 challenge stages with much more difficult, unique enemies. And we're just now working on an update that adds a fourth type of star to each stage, crystal stars, that have unique and very difficult challenges!

There is not a full Flash version right now. We are trying to find time to get a Mac App Store and Steam version out there, but as we're just two people, I'm not sure of a time frame for those.


I don't own a mobile device and I would buy this in a heartbeat if it was available for PC.

smithmj5 March 24, 2014 1:03 PM

Thanks Lany! We're working on it, hoping to have a PC and Mac version available soon, just finishing up a couple of updates to the mobile version first!

smithmj5 April 12, 2014 4:40 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that we've updated the demo - we redid all of the UI in the entire game, added a fourth star type, the crystal star, that is ultra-difficult. There are also many more changes!

And we're now trying to get on Steam via Greenlight, so please vote for Letter Quest on there if you want to see the game on Steam! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=248089760

smithmj5 June 30, 2014 11:47 PM

Just updated the web demo, it's now widescreen and can be played in fullscreen. We also have a downloadable PC demo, and just released the PC version of Letter Quest as "Early Access", which comes with the full soundtrack, the game, and a Steam key if/when we get through Greenlight!

You can check out all of the above at www.letterquestgame.com! :)

smithmj5 July 1, 2014 1:27 PM

Thanks Kimberly! Cheers!


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