A recent column on Forbes.com revealed a fun-looking mobile game called Word Fighter from developer Feel Every Yummy. The word-based puzzler stars a selection of characters inspired by influential figures in literary history, including Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe.
Rather than realistic representations of the authors, the avatars personify the works they are famous for. "Edgar," for example, is dressed in an appropriately Gothic style with ravens on his shoulders, while "Jane" is a very prim-and-proper lady with a parasol.
Players battle each other in real-time by spelling words on grids of tiles. The longer the word and the better the Scrabble-style value of its letters, the more damage inflicted on the opponent. Power-ups, grid shufflers and attack multipliers are incorporated into the game, so it won't necessarily just be a comprehensive knowledge of all the words in the English language that begin with Q that will win a match for you. Battles can be played locally or online, and the long-term plan is to allow cross-platform play between iOS and Android.
For developer Gian Cruz, though, developing the game has also been an opportunity to present female characters in a positive light.
"Female characters in video games can be written and treated so much better than they have been," said Cruz in conversation with Forbes. "Since our game requires an ensemble cast, I told myself at that point that the female fighters we create will be more than just pretty faces -- they need to have some depth and character."
Watch out for Word Fighter on iOS and Android devices later this year.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as The Pen is Mightier than the Sword in Word Fighter