Review | Ladders by POWGI

Review | Ladders by POWGI

LifeisXbox’s Ladders by POWGI Review | The latest edition to the POWGI series of games is that of Ladders by POWGI uses a word game concept that was originally created by Lewis Caroll in the eighteenth century. The idea of this title is very simple to convey. You are given two words, one at the bottom and one at the top. In between these words will be empty spaces that are used to get you from one to the other by switching out one letter at a time. You can’t just simply use any random letter as the word has to be valid and if you should manage to get to the required word in fewer turns than provided then that will be accepted too. Developed and published by Lightwood Games, this title will certainly get your brain in gear.

This is a short review, our usual the good, mixed and the bad was difficult because of the nature of this game. We played Ladders by POWGI for one hour (on-going) on Xbox One S. This game is also available on Xbox Series S/X, Playstation 4/5, and Nintendo Switch.

Ladders by POWGI consists of 150 levels for you to complete in any order you wish as all are unlocked from the very start of the game, making all levels accessible at any point. I think this is a great feature to have as it allows you to skip levels you perhaps are getting stuck on and provides the opportunity for you to return back to them at a later point. However, it is worth mentioning that the difficulty does increase over the course of the levels, increasing the length of the word and that in itself means more letters to switch and contend with.

I almost always felt relaxed whilst playing because the background music is upbeat but strangely relaxing to listen to and this definitely helped soothe me in the few instances where I would find myself getting frustrated at figuring out the solutions. There was a small chirpy tune that would play each time you completed a level that I found pleasant. Alongside this, you would be greeted with a small paragraph that contained different statements each time, varying in a questionable sense of humour to make you smile – I’ve got to say that some were much more cringey than others if I’m honest. The visuals were tidy but nothing special with a very basic colour palette being used throughout, and this consisted of mainly monochrome with splashes of blue to add a minimal colourful touch.

Ladders by POWGI follows the same trend set from previous games in the series, giving you content that should last you a few hours yet once all levels are complete, the only reasons to go back would be to earn any achievements you may have missed along the way. It also doesn’t require you to finish every level for completion.


Ladders by POWGI is another delightful addition to the puzzle games genre, giving you a modern view of this interesting ladder concept. It is both fun and testing to captivate anyone who enjoys puzzles to get your brain stimulated. The variations in difficulty were welcomed; not only in the number of letters but the difference between the two at times. I believe bringing alive an older concept into the gaming market today is a bold move and it’s worked wonders in giving people a wider range of mind-boggling titles to play. is the largest Belgian Xbox-centered website, your reading time is greatly appreciated! Please consider sharing this review with your friends on social media, that means a lot for us! If you are Dutch speaking also consider joining our Dutch exclusive Facebook group Xbox Gamers Belgium. Feel free to use quotes for PR purposes.