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Thalamus Digital Releases Brain-Tickling Puzzle Game Word Forward on the Nintendo Switch

Spelling and strategy combine in this pensive puzzler that has already proved a hit on mobile
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Merseyside, UK – 3 December 2021 – Following the success of its earlier collaboration with Rocketship Park (LOVE - A Puzzle Box Filled With Stories), Thalamus Digital Publishing has today released the first home console port of Rocketship Park’s critically acclaimed word game Word Forward to the Nintendo Switch. Previously released on PC, Mac and mobile devices, Word Forward has amassed more than 6 million plays to date and has been celebrated by critics as “a challenging puzzler not to be missed.”

“As we saw with their earlier release of LOVE, Thalamus Digital has proven an incredible partner who knows how to adapt a title flawlessly for a Switch audience,” said Jim Squires, CEO and co-founder of Rocketship Park. “So much so, in fact, that the Switch version of Word Forward is now my favorite way to play it! They’ve even made great use of the Switch’s touchscreen, which is something so rarely seen.”

Word Forward isn’t a word game about spelling the longest words or the most clever — it’s about carefully removing every letter tile to declare victory in 500 puzzles. It requires cunning and strategy, asking players to use all 25 letters in the 5x5 grid to make words and clear the board.

“People are quick to judge word games as being all the same, but Word Forward firmly proves this isn’t the case,” said Andy Roberts, CEO and founder of Thalamus Digital. “This is a game that requires chess-like strategy, and feels much closer to a brain-challenging puzzle like sudoku than the average word gamer might expect. It’s a thinker that I think Switch gamers are going to love.”

Praise for Word Forward
“Equally a brain-teaser and a brain-pleaser.” - MacWorld
“Hidden strategic elements mean this is a game you can really sink your teeth into.” - Android Police
“A really fun and well-executed word game.” - PocketGamer
“You’ll never be left without a challenge.” - AppAdvice

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About Thalamus Digital Publishing Ltd.
Thalamus Digital Publishing is an independent UK game developer and publisher with satellite offices in Canada and Japan. Founded in 2017 by Andy Roberts, an industry veteran with over 30 years' experience working for numerous studios and publishers, Thalamus currently has multiple titles in development for mobile and console formats, as well as numerous retro games for the Commodore 64 and Spectrum Next computers. Learn more at, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rocketship Park
Rocketship Park is a digital design studio focused on creating unique, emotive games that eschew derivative design. Founded in 2017 by industry veterans Shane McCafferty and Jim Squires, Rocketship Park is based in the heart of Niagara’s growing game development community. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @rocketship_park

Media Contact:
Andy Roberts
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