I started playing Scrabble on Facebook before I got my iPhone 4s . When I got my phone and looked through the apps, I noticed Scrabble right away and realized that I could hook up the same games that I was playing on Facebook and now play them on my iPhone. When I later got my iPad 2 , I downloaded the same app to my iPad. I was able to make it work on the iPad without paying for the HD version by stretching it. It is not perfect but it works.
Downloading the Scrabble App
I started out downloading the free scrabble app to try it. With the free app you have to view ads in between play since I play it daily to me it was worth paying the $1.99 to buy the game. The price of the paid version goes up and down so if you may end up paying from $0.99 – $2.99 for the iPhone or Android version and up to $9.99 for the HD version for the iPad.
The Scrabble game is much like the board game except that the computer decides what words to accept and what words not to accept. You will quickly learn that some non words will work, so there is a learning curve. There are also cheat programs that will allow people to import their boards into the program and it will tell them exactly what words to place and where for the most possible points. I had some friends playing that were putting down ridiculous words that I knew were not in their vocabulary so I did a little research and found what they were using. But back to the game play.
the nice thing about Scrabble as opposed to Words with Friends is that you can play with more than two players. I am thinking it goes up to four although I have not tried more than 4 players. I have a couple neighbors and we all have a game going which really puts a different spin on the strategy for word placement when you have more than 2 players.
I love playing Scrabble on my iPhone as opposed to the board game, because you do not have to sit down and play an entire game in one setting. You just take your turn when you have time and a game can go on for a week or longer. You can of course also play in real time as moves are recorded that way, but for most people they will have several games going with different friends and once a day they will play there moves on all their games.
One neat thing on the Scabble App that I noticed is that after you make your move you can click a button near the bottom that says “teacher” and after you play your word it will show you the best word you could have played. This to me could help with your next move if you still have the letters to do it. While this is a neat feature it sort of could lead someone to have an advantage over someone not using it.
Connecting with Friends
When I first started playing I had to sign in through Electronic Arts which apparently I already had an account. I am guessing that my Pogo account is through EA so that is probably how I had the account. After I signed in to EA then I was able to find people to play with through Facebook. You can also invite friends through your contact list on your phone, or just email them through the app.
Crashes or Lack there of
I do not have too many issues with Scrabble although sometimes it seems that the game will have trouble updating with new moves. I usually just restart my phone and that does the trick. The game has never completely crashed on me, and I have never lost an games or data. I would have to say that the app performs relatively well and I have not experienced any major problems.
You can choose to get notifications on your phone when someone has taken their turn on Scrabble. These can be turned on or off in the settings on your phone. When you have them on, you will hear a little tone on your phone if you have it set to do that, and you may see a message flash by if you set it up to do that. When you look at the app icon there will be a little number indicating how many games you have to play your turn on.
Chatting in play
There is a place on the app where you can chat or leave a message for your fellow game player. When you have a message there will be an indicator inside the game to show you that you have a message.
The Scrabble App comes with a dictionary where you can see a list of 2 letter words that it will take. You can also type in a word to try, and it will tell you whether the game will accept it or not. You can also just type the word on the board to see if it will take it. If you click submit and the game will not take it, it will play a song and tell you that it is not a word.
Skipping a Turn or Exchanging Letters
As in the regular Scrabble game, the Scrabble App allows you to either skip a turn by pressing pass, or you can turn in some all all of your letters.
End of Game
When someone plays the last letter the game is over and all remaining tiles in people’s trays will count against them. This is one major difference between Scrabble and Words with Friends. On Words with Friends extra tiles are disregarded in the final score.
The Scrabble App for my iPhone is one of the few apps that I use every day. I really enjoy playing the game with friends and especially like that I can play with more than two people.