New Werewords app release v1.3

The Werewords app has had yet another major release to version 1.3, with new content and functionality added to it. In addition, the Werewords app is now available on the Amazon Fire store in addition to the Google Play and iOS App stores.

The brand new 50s & 60s list has been added to the built-in themed lists, which already include the 80s list, Music, and Movies. With more than 5,000 words in these themed lists, it brings the total number of unique words in Werewords to over 15,000 (the default list has over 10,000 words). As before, players may turn on and off any of the built-in themed lists, and the mayor’s choices will be randomly selected from the activated lists.

But that’s not all that was added! the Main screen received a cosmetic and functional update.

To start, the Play button now changes color based on the difficulty level:

We’ve broken out the Player count from the Play button and made it its own button, which helps to clarify how many players the game is set up for. In addition, you can tap the Player button to increase the number of players by 1 (after 11 it will loop around back to 4), or press and hold the Player button to bring up the Players screen, where you can quickly change the number of players using + and – buttons.

Of course, the button here and on the main screen updates when you tap the different roles, turning them on and off as well.

These changes are minor, but they serve to polish up the UI a bit and make the interface for setting up games more cohesive.

Next month’s Werewords app release will feature another new built-in category: Literature, including both books *and* comic books!

And coming in 2018, new stuff – new roles and a new mode. Follow @beziergames on Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook for the latest news on how we’re expanding the Werewords universe.

Showing off Werewords at Essen Spiel ’17

This past weekend, Bezier Games presented Werewords (and The Palace of Mad King Ludwig) at Essen Spiel in Germany to what we are being told were 180,000 attendees! It was the first time Europeans had a chance to get a good look at Werewords, and they did so on a fancy Rathskeller’s gaming table in our booth located in Hall 1 of the Essen Messe.

In preparation for the show, I spent some time creating an International version of the Easy word list; that is, a word list with less Americanized references, like smaller cities, sports teams, restaurants, and other products that are less likely to be found around Europe. It was still English, but it was much more approachable for International players. In addition, someone had uploaded a very short German language word list to werewords.com which I also installed (via the Community List in the app). While the game and the app are designed for players who speak English, you can use any language (even non-Roman-character-based languages) as word lists, either by creating them yourself directly in the app, or by loading them through the Community Lists option (tap the gear on the Main screen, then Other, then Word Lists).

We sold a ton of Werewords copies at Essen Spiel, and it was great to hear directly from players who had already received the game through other means, as well as those players who played a bunch of games at Spiel and then grabbed a copy for themselves afterwards.