Scrabble is one of the most famous word games, now digital, available on mobiles. This is the legal digital version of the game, featured by the official publisher and distributed by EA. And it’s the very Scrabble we used to play.
If you have ever played Scrabble, there’s no need to explain anything. Here we have a classical Scrabble, with the same board with doubling and tripling cells, the same set of letters, and the same rules. The players combine their random tiles with letters, trying to get the most rewarded word out of their sets. The rarer is the letter, the more points you get for using it in a word. If you cover a DL or TL cell, the price of the letter is double or triple. If any letter of the word covers DW or TW cell, the price of the whole word is multiplied.
The digital version offers several modes. You can play against an AI, or versus random online opponents, or with your Facebook friends. Each time after your success, it suggests you share it on Facebook. Alas, the game is overstuffed with ads, and they can’t be removed even for money.
If English is your second language, you can play in English for training and in your own language for fun (or on the contrary). The game also supports French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese. If I ever decide to visit Brazil, I’ll include Scrabble in Portuguese into my language practice.
All you need to do to form a letter is to drag the right letters onto the right cells. It’s no harder than the physical version of Scrabble, and even easier when the app locks the incorrect suggestions automatically. To start a new game or switch to another one going on, just tap it.
Replay Value 5/5
It’s one of the best and most played games of the XX century; how could it get less replayable after going online? Now you have flexible options, no need to check dictionaries manually, and someone to play with always available. Scrabble is a pre-digital game that has become even better when digitized.
I play it on my Galaxy Tab, so I appreciate the visuals; the board and the tiles look very authentically, just like the set I had at school. You can select one of three board and tile designs, giving it the best look. On phones, the game isn’t so comfortable, but you can zoom in and out for better view.
The sounds are here just to indicate events; and when it comes to ads, you wish the game was mute at all. Thanks for not introducing some “relaxing” or “mindful” music. If I want music while playing, I call the tune.
It’s the Scrabble, and that’s it. It benefits from going digital, providing local and online games, and supporting multiple simultaneous games. It looks great on a tablet and decent on a phone. If it had an ad-free version, I’d pay for it gladly.