If you’ve ever wanted to see Jane Austen deliver a literary fireball of death to Edgar Allan Poe, look no further than Writer Rumble, a game which blends word-based puzzle solving with Street Fighter-style fisticuffs.
You take control of one of six bookish bad asses: Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, The Brothers Grimm, Jane Austen, and Homer. You’re then thrown into a brutal literary arena where you must defeat your opponents by creating as many words as possible from an assortment of jumbled letters. The longer the word, the more damage it inflicts, and the authors also possess their own unique attacks, which range from scrambling an opponent’s letters further to increasing a word’s overall damage.
While the vocabulary violence works best when facing human opponents online, a survival mode also allows you to word-smite waves of increasingly difficult monsters. The action is fast, furious, and fun, with the game rewarding players who favor longer and more supercalifragilistic words.