Numerous word puzzle titles by POWGI are available on a variety of formats; I’ve seen countless examples of them popping up on the Switch and Xbox stores over the last few years.

Flowers is the first one I’ve actually taken a punt on, however – something about the concept of completing words around two central letters just looked appealing to me, for some reason.

And I’m glad I did. Though the presentation is minimal and the 240 puzzles never evolve beyond the central concept – which sees players choosing pairs of letters to both start and complete six letter words on a flower, though the words do eventually get longer – it’s a relaxing, therapeutic game that can really get the mental cogs whirring in a gently pleasant and satisfying way.

Though annoyances occur when multiple words can be made from certain letter pairings, yet only one word is acceptable, the accessibility options on offer – including the ability for the game to identify and fix any incorrectly completed words – make this complaint a lot less important than it otherwise would be. The controls being constantly onscreen is a really helpful touch too.

With puzzles often taking a minute or less to complete – my personal best is nineteen seconds to complete a full puzzle – mean that you won’t ever be stuck for long; the fact that there are 240 puzzles included means that it’ll last you a good while considering its reasonable, low price point too.

POWGI – which stands for Puzzle On Word Games, Inc. – are clearly dab hands at providing simple, compelling and accessible word games. The presentation may be as bare bones as it can be, but this just means there’s no extraneous content; you really can just pick up and play Flowers within seconds and its easygoing charm, including a nicely jaunty soundtrack – is very appealing.

If word games are your thing, Flowers is likely to scratch a very particular itch for you; with its lack of graphical fripperies or any sort of video game-style elements, it really is for fans of this type of puzzle game and not players looking for a more gamified experience, however.

One thing I can say is that I’ll absolutely be checking out more POWGI games once I finish the final few puzzles I have left in Flowers.

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