What’s That Spell? is a flash prototype I built in between my Toy Invention position at IDEO and before I was hired as a Game Designer at Namco Networks. I wanted to create something I could program easily and with simple art I could create on my own. I chose to make an anagram game with blob-like characters, and of course I had to put my own spin on it!
I decided to go towards a “Brain Game” approach by incorporating memory elements. Each character represents one letter of a 5-letter word. At the start of the round, each character announces their letter in voice and with the visual letter above their head. Then, the player must find as many words with those 5 letters as possible – with the goal of finding any and all 5 letter words. It’s quite difficult – its intention is to exercise your brain!
Since I only wanted to demonstrate the game, I coded just 5 or 6 words and then posted it on Mochi Media. The game popped up on multiple flash game websites and over the years has reached over 45,000 impressions.
How many words can you spell from memory? Play now: What’s That Spell? – Spell Anagrams From Memory