Boggle Battles: Spellirium

Sheep are the only animal I can draw and even then from behind. I can't do faces.

If I were asked to list the things that I most enjoy, pointing, clicking and playing with words would probably all be in the top ten, along with ‘almost any pizza’ and ‘a good book that makes me feel clever without actually being too challenging on the old skull-mush’. Therefore, I’ve developed an immediate interest in Spellirium, which claims to combine Boggle and LOOM, being an adventure game in which combat and puzzles are solved through wordplay. Hopefully, it’ll be compulsive in the same way that Puzzle Quest is but with more developed story parts. There are a few work in progress videos, with no sound, two of which I’ve inserted below. Did I mention it’s from (one of) the creators of Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure?

That is a fight against a blue monster that can only be hurt by blue tiles, with a hunter companion providing backup by blasting away at unwanted letters to make chains and combos easier to stitch together. There are also creatures that grow larger when you use large words against them, so they can be chipped down using a monosyllabic onslaught. Hopefully there will be plenty more imaginative stuff like that as well, but it’s not all fighting!

You’re either the person who finds the idea of building synonyms and words related to ‘cut’ to shear a sheep brilliant and adorable or you’re not. I enjoy placing letters into sequence to create language and if there’s a thread of narrative running through a game I’m more likely to stick so I shall attach one of my eyes to Spellirium’s website to follow development. It will be released in 2012, so expect it tomorrow/months from now.


  1. Defiant Badger says:

    Hurrah! Adam is back! :D

    Also, that is one hella pretty game.

  2. trjp says:

    As a sucker for (and creator of) word games – this looks amazing!!

  3. Diogo Ribeiro says:

    The concept kinda reminds me of a pretty darn old Snes game by Squaresoft, Treasure of Rudra, where you could combine words to form spells. I guess this also harkens to Loom and Wizardry in a way. Seems cute, though I have to admit being a tad bored with match-X games.

  4. hap says:

    This looks similar to Popcap’s Bookworm Adventures with some new mechanics.

    Melding of classic board games with rpg-like elements can be fun though. I wonder how long before we get Tower Defense Scrabble or 3rd person shooter Monopoly.

    • Jackablade says:

      *mental note: Steal his Tower Defense Scrabble idea*

    • Baines says:

      Xbox Indie Games has some kind of Scrabble/city builder combination called Lexiv.

  5. MiniMatt says:

    Btw you owe me one medal for resisting the urge to hash together a tired old stereotypyical alt-text welsh joke regarding an ability to only draw sheep bottoms and the extensive life experiences which doubtless fuel such artistic talent.

  6. Winged Nazgul says:

    “Did I mention it’s from (one of) the creators of Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure?”

    Now that is one precocious 5-year old!

  7. NathanH says:

    There is no way this will not be awesome.

  8. TsunamiWombat says:

    “Sheep are the only animal I can draw and even then only from behind”

    The welsh jokes write themselves folks

  9. Hematite says:

    I am infuriated that I know this exists but I can’t buy it.

  10. Shadowcat says:

    Boggle! Loom! Such a strange but delightful-sounding combination.