It's been sometime since we dropped in on The National Lottery and checked out their Instant Win games. Our last review was for Bubble Burst Bingo and since then there's been plenty of new additions. These include Treat Shop, Lucky Bug, Snakes and Ladders Jungle, Tetris and Monopoly Gold. For this review though we're looking at a word based game called Cashword Red!
Cashword Red takes it's inspiration from Scrabble. The game card is a word grid and the object is to reveal letters to cover the words. You are allowed to select 18 letters from a pool of 26 and you need at least three words to be covered in order to win the lowest prize of £3. If you're extra lucky then there's a top prize of £300,000 if you cover all the words on the board.
To start the game you're asked to shuffle the letters. Once that's done you can then start making your selections simply by click on a tile. If the letters match those on the board then these are highlighted. Occasionally you'll get a key - collect three keys during the game to go through to a bonus round. You can choose to select the tiles yourself or get the computer to automatically do it for you. Either way the game is quite gentle!
The bonus game is a bit like boggle. You are given three words (4 letters, 5 letters and 6 letters) and are asked to click four dice three times. If the letters that appear match those in the words then you can win between £3 and £20. It does seem that if you don't win on the main game then you always to get go on the bonus game. No sooner had we written this then we didn't get a bonus game!!
So is Cashword Red worth a play? We quite enjoyed it but this isn't a cheap game at £3 a turn. With that in mind we do wonder whether it's really value for money. The odds of winning are 1 in 3.07 however we tried 10 games in demo mode and not one was a winner. That would have meant an outlay of £30 to get nothing back! Overall the game is enjoyable but we'll not be rushing to play it for real.
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