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Bonza Word Puzzle

Bonza Word Puzzle

MiniMega

Bonza is a new type of crossword that has become an instant classic.

4.6 Ratings 54K+ Reviews 500K+ Downloads

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4.6
53.5K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    76+%
  2. 4
    17+%
  3. 3
    4+%
  4. 2
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  • Great Game Feb 4, 2020

    By diac1
    I really enjoy this game. Ads are minimal and although there's the option to pay for some puzzle packs, I've been playing for a few years and haven't spent a dime. I'd love to spend the 13,000+ coins I've accumulated on new Showcase Packs if anymore ever become available though. For now I'm just playing the daily shuffles and occasional bonus puzzles. Some of my favorites are the mystery clue puzzles for their extra challenge. I also like having the option of being able to get a small clue (or several if I need them) by watching a short ad. I keep the sound off and the ads are short so they don't bother me at all. Highly recommend this one if you enjoy word puzzles.
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  • Apr 5, 2021

    By Eric Peterson
    Good game, understand that ads are a part of it, but a majority of the rounds followed by a full 30 second ad with an automatic link to the Google Store? Too much.
  • Almost really great Jan 4, 2019

    By Adam Tolley
    Lots of fun and a different take on crossword puzzles, I found this game addictive enough to blaze through all the free content in under a week. Now I can only do a couple ( literally 2 ) free daily shuffles each day while I slowly acquire points to spend on puzzle packs, or buy the packs at a dollar a piece. Problem is the packs are not very large and playing through them would get expensive quick. But maybe I am just cheap. But what bothers me more than the rest of that is how community content is handled. Free daily shovels all seem to be made up of randomly selected community contributed puzzles. Furthermore, these puzzles can be rated upon completion, and I am guessing the higher rated puzzles are used more often. The problem is that the puzzles you create don’t seem to link back to your account and don’t earn any kind of reward for being highly rated. I would love to be able to earn credits towards other puzzle packs for writing good content, and that seems more than fair given how much user retention relies upon this community generated content.
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  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Megan Grillo
    This game is incredible. I find it just challenging enough, I like that there are packs/goals to work towards. I am having the hardest time playing it though, as I can't get past the loading screen most of the time. Please help!
  • Nice on many levels, just one annoying flaw Dec 11, 2017

    By ArtiSun99
    I like this game. It's well designed, has no annoying pop ups or ads that intrude on your play. I even like the music, which is more than I can say about any other game I've ever played. The game itself is basic but can be challenging as well. It had only one flaw, but it's a big one. I've played this game for many hours, but I'm about ready to throw my phone across the room because the background moves the same way the pieces move. What I mean is that you use one finger to move the (teeny tiny, on a phone screen) word fragments around, but the whole screen also moves with only one finger. So when you mean to reach for a word, you often end up moving the whole board. It's maddening and entirely unnecessary. Simply make the background adjustable with two fingers rather than one. I mean, who thought this was a good design? Please fix this intensely irritating flaw.
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  • Disappointed Jun 24, 2019

    By IbuSaja
    Update: After years of playing Bonza and Bonza Planet, I have thrown in the towel. Nothing but repetitive crowd sourced puzzles and blaring sound on ads. Even when I cut the sound in the app and mute the sound on my device it somehow breaks through. That is so disrespectful of users and a terrible marketing strategy. Despite having accumulated over 23,000 coins in Bonza and 22,000 coins in Bonza Planet I have deleted both apps. ***** I have been playing Bonza and Bonza Planet since their inception and have bought every puzzle pack available. They used to be my favorite games. The original packs were fun and a great way to get the grey matter firing in the morning. The problem is that there have been no new puzzle packs for sale for years. The only puzzles available are the daily puzzles which are 100 percent crowd sourced, very limited in scope and extremely repetitive. It’s a constant litany of: colors, Australian animals, makes of cars, breakfast items etc. It’s rare to find something that is thought provoking or challenging. Really good word puzzles mature and grow. This one is dying from neglect. I am truly disappointed.
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  • Not worth the price Jan 10, 2019

    By thefferon
    The puzzle interface is new and addicting, and for the most part is done well. However I have two complaints. Once you get past the free levels this app charges you for each pack. A pack only gets you so far, and if you want to keep playing you will pay for it - a lot more than you expected, and a lot more than the puzzles are worth. The game feels too much like a greedy scam, and it's off-putting. My second complaint is a related one; namely that many of the puzzles are far too easy, and some are quite brief - my 4-year-old could have come up with them. In some cases they only contain three words. Especially I f I am paying for a puzzle pack, I don't want to get garbage in exchange. The game is medium-fun, but it should have been sold at $1.99 - for all the content. I am disillusioned and disappointed in the New York Times for this.
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  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Sintinium
    Fun game but the ads open the app store without permission which is unacceptable
  • Please respect our silent settings Jul 28, 2019

    By kodiakak
    I love this game. I’ve been playing for years BUT I can only play when I know it’s ok for my phone to make noise. Even when my phone is set to silent, your advertisements often make noise - and not just soft noise - by the time I can locate the mute icon, it is too late. The damage has already been done. I would think that your advertisers would want us to play the game more so that we will see more ads. If the ads make noise, we play the game less. Please respect our silent settings. I would give this app a 5 star review if not for the inability to set the ads to silent before they play.
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  • Good but flawed Mar 31, 2018

    By LVNG784
    Game was clearly designed for you to shell out cash for in game coins or watch endless amount of ads just to progress at a decent pace. Vague mystery clues are frustrating, for example clue for this puzzle is "S--------". Really? Might as well take away the S and let us guess the entire clue before we can even start solving things. Hints are just as vague. For example your first hint is it starts an "H". Majority of ads are a lengthy 30 second. Nothing like sitting through 30 second ads for a pitiful hint. Found myself spending more time watching ads than actually playing game at the layer levels.
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  • Great Game Feb 4, 2020

    By diac1
    I really enjoy this game. Ads are minimal and although there's the option to pay for some puzzle packs, I've been playing for a few years and haven't spent a dime. I'd love to spend the 13,000+ coins I've accumulated on new Showcase Packs if anymore ever become available though. For now I'm just playing the daily shuffles and occasional bonus puzzles. Some of my favorites are the mystery clue puzzles for their extra challenge. I also like having the option of being able to get a small clue (or several if I need them) by watching a short ad. I keep the sound off and the ads are short so they don't bother me at all. Highly recommend this one if you enjoy word puzzles.
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  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Megan Grillo
    This game is incredible. I find it just challenging enough, I like that there are packs/goals to work towards. I am having the hardest time playing it though, as I can't get past the loading screen most of the time. Please help!
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Miowdar LaMetalle
    Don't mind the ads because the game is so much more challenging than others I have tried. Also don't mind not getting to many hints cause it only increases the challenge.
  • It’s been a year and I still play Apr 27, 2018

    By MKKRM
    I have a short attention span for phone games but I just keep coming back to this one. It’s not repetitive; there’s a huge range of topics; and the game doesn’t badger you to make in-app purchases. The use of ads in this game is clever because you always have the option of turning them down, but if you choose to watch it it gives you double the “reward” for completing a puzzle, which then can go towards unlocking the next puzzle pack. If you get stuck on a puzzle, you can get hints by watching short ads, which again, are optional. I showed this game to my parents who now also play it!
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  • Apr 3, 2021

    By Sharan Saboji
    Very unique approach to solving the classic crossword that teaches you new phrases as well as groups of words that go together with each round.
  • Great Game - possible improvements Jul 3, 2018

    By sm122333
    I’ve been playing this game for a few months now, and really enjoy it. I do have a few ideas for improvements. 1. Right now when you complete a puzzle the screen quickly changes to a zoomed out view and the request to watch a video or play another daily shuffle pops up. This prevents the player from being able to see the completed puzzle in detail. Sometimes I struggle with the last word and am just trying various combinations. The screen changes so fast I don’t even know what that last word was. 2 It May not be worth the effort, but being able to type in a letter and have all of those letters throughout the screen light up would be helpful and keep the eyes from crossing.
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  • the jumbos make it finally hard enough to be fun Sep 2, 2018

    By arblgrv
    I liked this game when it started, but it had some flaws. There were way too many easy puzzles and no way to know if the puzzle you chose was a three word or a twelve word type. Too many puzzles had repetitive subjects as well, and many of them (like ‘breakfast’ or ‘beach’ or ‘periodic table’) share the same answers. So for me, it was boring and rather pointless to play the game for a while. Then they introduced the jumbo puzzles and suddenly it’s fun again. There are lots more pieces to work with and the answers are more interesting. I do wish the packs were less expensive, though.
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  • Mar 24, 2021

    By Paul Payne
    The S------ C-- puzzle is the most difficult word puzzle I've seen in a while.
  • Good but flawed Apr 29, 2018

    By Greek reset URL
    This is a fun, often challenging puzzle game. I've been playing for years but an update changed the "free hints", and not for the better. Before, if you watched a 30 sec ad, you got the entire answer. Now, you only get one tile. What's worse is, sometimes it takes another 15-30 secs for the clue to appear. Sometimes you never see the clue. I don't have time to wait for an answer that never shows. I'll play something else instead.
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  • Enjoyable Aug 31, 2019

    By Songofjoy61
    Haven't been playing long enough to determine if I would give it 5 stars. Functions well. Have finished quite a few puzzles. So far I like the puzzles and find completing them satisfying. Need a bit of vocabulary and general knowledge. If you have that and like word puzzles, recommend trying this to see if it is for you. Looks like you can also make puzzles of your own - I would like to try that.
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  • Apr 5, 2021

    By Eric Peterson
    Good game, understand that ads are a part of it, but a majority of the rounds followed by a full 30 second ad with an automatic link to the Google Store? Too much.
  • Almost really great Jan 4, 2019

    By Adam Tolley
    Lots of fun and a different take on crossword puzzles, I found this game addictive enough to blaze through all the free content in under a week. Now I can only do a couple ( literally 2 ) free daily shuffles each day while I slowly acquire points to spend on puzzle packs, or buy the packs at a dollar a piece. Problem is the packs are not very large and playing through them would get expensive quick. But maybe I am just cheap. But what bothers me more than the rest of that is how community content is handled. Free daily shovels all seem to be made up of randomly selected community contributed puzzles. Furthermore, these puzzles can be rated upon completion, and I am guessing the higher rated puzzles are used more often. The problem is that the puzzles you create don’t seem to link back to your account and don’t earn any kind of reward for being highly rated. I would love to be able to earn credits towards other puzzle packs for writing good content, and that seems more than fair given how much user retention relies upon this community generated content.
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  • Nice on many levels, just one annoying flaw Dec 11, 2017

    By ArtiSun99
    I like this game. It's well designed, has no annoying pop ups or ads that intrude on your play. I even like the music, which is more than I can say about any other game I've ever played. The game itself is basic but can be challenging as well. It had only one flaw, but it's a big one. I've played this game for many hours, but I'm about ready to throw my phone across the room because the background moves the same way the pieces move. What I mean is that you use one finger to move the (teeny tiny, on a phone screen) word fragments around, but the whole screen also moves with only one finger. So when you mean to reach for a word, you often end up moving the whole board. It's maddening and entirely unnecessary. Simply make the background adjustable with two fingers rather than one. I mean, who thought this was a good design? Please fix this intensely irritating flaw.
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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Chantale B.
    Went through 3 packs then it restarted. No directions. No explanations! Explanations aren't given in how to use help. Game is fun otherwise. The concept is fun - doing the crossword backwards.
  • Mar 27, 2021

    By Jonathan Bulliner
    Game is awesome but freezes at startup screen. Still has bugs that need fixing.
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By Sintinium
    Fun game but the ads open the app store without permission which is unacceptable
  • Please respect our silent settings Jul 28, 2019

    By kodiakak
    I love this game. I’ve been playing for years BUT I can only play when I know it’s ok for my phone to make noise. Even when my phone is set to silent, your advertisements often make noise - and not just soft noise - by the time I can locate the mute icon, it is too late. The damage has already been done. I would think that your advertisers would want us to play the game more so that we will see more ads. If the ads make noise, we play the game less. Please respect our silent settings. I would give this app a 5 star review if not for the inability to set the ads to silent before they play.
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  • Good but flawed Mar 31, 2018

    By LVNG784
    Game was clearly designed for you to shell out cash for in game coins or watch endless amount of ads just to progress at a decent pace. Vague mystery clues are frustrating, for example clue for this puzzle is "S--------". Really? Might as well take away the S and let us guess the entire clue before we can even start solving things. Hints are just as vague. For example your first hint is it starts an "H". Majority of ads are a lengthy 30 second. Nothing like sitting through 30 second ads for a pitiful hint. Found myself spending more time watching ads than actually playing game at the layer levels.
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  • Good idea but... Sep 23, 2018

    By corked brain
    Like so many apps these days the free version is ad supported. Which is fine but when there is a pop up after every puzzle completion it gets annoying. Ok, I’ll bite and click an add to support the dev because the game is actually interesting. Except that I can’t actually get OUT of the ad and have to close the game; the only thing that happens when you press anywhere on the screen is you link to the advertisement. No X to exit? No wait 30 seconds and it’ll go away? Nope. Bad review here and then the app is getting deleted.
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  • Puzzles Repeat Jun 2, 2019

    By angks21
    I’ve been playing for quite a while now, and have actually purchased new puzzle packs. But what I have found is that even in the new puzzle packs, I’m getting repeated puzzles that I’ve already played in other packs. The free daily puzzles, as well as the bonus puzzle that pops up once in a while is something I’ve already played before. Seems to be happening more and more lately too. Doesn’t seem worth my time and money anymore.
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  • Disappointed Jun 24, 2019

    By IbuSaja
    Update: After years of playing Bonza and Bonza Planet, I have thrown in the towel. Nothing but repetitive crowd sourced puzzles and blaring sound on ads. Even when I cut the sound in the app and mute the sound on my device it somehow breaks through. That is so disrespectful of users and a terrible marketing strategy. Despite having accumulated over 23,000 coins in Bonza and 22,000 coins in Bonza Planet I have deleted both apps. ***** I have been playing Bonza and Bonza Planet since their inception and have bought every puzzle pack available. They used to be my favorite games. The original packs were fun and a great way to get the grey matter firing in the morning. The problem is that there have been no new puzzle packs for sale for years. The only puzzles available are the daily puzzles which are 100 percent crowd sourced, very limited in scope and extremely repetitive. It’s a constant litany of: colors, Australian animals, makes of cars, breakfast items etc. It’s rare to find something that is thought provoking or challenging. Really good word puzzles mature and grow. This one is dying from neglect. I am truly disappointed.
    more
  • Not worth the price Jan 10, 2019

    By thefferon
    The puzzle interface is new and addicting, and for the most part is done well. However I have two complaints. Once you get past the free levels this app charges you for each pack. A pack only gets you so far, and if you want to keep playing you will pay for it - a lot more than you expected, and a lot more than the puzzles are worth. The game feels too much like a greedy scam, and it's off-putting. My second complaint is a related one; namely that many of the puzzles are far too easy, and some are quite brief - my 4-year-old could have come up with them. In some cases they only contain three words. Especially I f I am paying for a puzzle pack, I don't want to get garbage in exchange. The game is medium-fun, but it should have been sold at $1.99 - for all the content. I am disillusioned and disappointed in the New York Times for this.
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  • Enjoyable game but they force you to pay to unlock levels after a bit Jun 12, 2019

    By Brianala
    I really enjoyed this game, and I’d be happy to pay a flat rate for the game as a whole, but instead they force you to keep paying to unlock new levels at a certain point. Technically you can use coins you earn to unlock new puzzles, but after a certain point you no longer earn enough coins to unlock new levels. I’m not a fan of micro transactions so I’m uninstalling this game, which is a disappointment as it’s a very creative and fun word puzzle game.
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  • Too many ads Dec 24, 2019

    By Phantomsue
    I want to like this game but there is way too many ads that are repetitive and just down right boring-you even have to watch an ad for bonus points- it used to be a great game but is now horrible because of so many ads - I want to stimulate my brain not put it to sleep- the words are broken into too many pieces too do you can’t figure out the answer and have to watch another boring, repetitive ad- I’ve deleted this game until you fix the BORING-REPETITIVE ADS-BORING REPETITIVE ADS-BORING REPETITIVE ADS-BORING REPETITIVE ADS/ BORING REPETITIVE ADS
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  • Was really enjoying until classic pack 7 Dec 28, 2018

    By suible
    Then I opened classic pack 7. Any puzzle one can do in less than two minutes with zero thought is not worth doing. Up until this pack, the puzzles have been great. I even started paying for puzzles. I'm guessing this app will soon be deleted. The puzzles are extremely simple and easy ... and worthless. Not worth doing, let alone paying for. Disgusted.
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