Hexicon is a turn based word game with a strategic element in the form of a hexagonal grid. Players play words that earn them tiles on the board. Points are earned when a hexagon of tiles is formed. The player with the majority control of that hexagon earns a point. The board is then updated with new tiles. The goal of the game is to reach 16 points. The game is easy to learn but has a good skill ceiling which means improving and finding better strategies is a blast.
The strategy involved in placing words is reminiscent of words with friends however Hexicon keeps the game much more fresh and dynamic by updating the board. The strategic possibilities are much more nuanced and the gridlock that often occurs in board based word games is not present in Hexicon.
The game’s only monetization is for coins which can be used to purchase cosmetic items such as avatars and board themes. There are no obtrusive ads or popups. The game is completely free to play and has no powerups or anything of that sort.
Google Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hexicon&hl=en_US&gl=US
Apple App Store Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hexicon-word-game/id1462065373
The tutorial for the game is extremely short and intuitive so I would highly recommend downloading the game and giving it a shot.