Text Express: Word Adventure review – “A compelling narrative that feels like a true labour of love”

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to, but whether we’re meant to leave the painful past behind or charge full steam ahead into the future, life is an adventure nonetheless. This beautiful sentiment is what makes Text Express: Word Adventure one heck of a ride on mobile – and it’s not even the kind of game you’d expect to experience all those feels in.

The crossword puzzle-slash-narrative adventure takes a well-loved casual word game genre and adds its own twist with an engaging story, but while that interesting mix feels unique at first glance, is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

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The game features lovely 3D animated scenes that not only add a layer of emotion to every part of the story but also liven up what otherwise would’ve been just your average crossword game. Tilly, the spunky protagonist who’s about to embark on the adventure of her life, takes players on a journey from her humble beginnings in an abandoned train graveyard of sorts as she fulfils her lifelong quest to experience a world she’s only ever read in her parents’ journal.

Aided by her trusty BFF and with the blessing of her sweet Grandma, Tilly boards her train and sets out to see what else is out there, wide-eyed and curious and ready to open her mind – and her heart – along the way. Throughout Tilly’s journey, players will encounter a colourful cast of memorable characters and unlock a host of varied locales they can explore – all these while they’re learning about new words and expanding their vocabulary at the same time.


The core of the gameplay is all about stringing letters together to

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