Games to play with friends on smartphones
1. Scramble with Friends
The app comes from Zynga which is the fast, fun game of finding words in a jumbled grid. Quickly slide your finger over adjacent letters to form words forwards, backwards, sideways...any way you can! It has enjoyed much success in the iTunes App Store with classic Boggle-like gameplay, and it's a game that I go back to regularly on my iPhone.
Scramble with Friends lets you sign in through Facebook, then shows you who in your friend list already has the game. From there, you can quickly invite a friend to a game and play your first 2-minute round. When you're done, simply wait for your friend to play a turn and it's back to you (just like Words with Friends). You play three rounds to compete for the highest total score.
2. Matching with Friends
It is another Zynga app that lets you play a turn-based game with a friend on the iPhone only. But instead of playing a word game, this time you'll be strategically placing matching colored blocks on a game board, then sending your move to a friend.
Like Scramble with Friends, Matching with Friends makes getting connected with people easy. Upon launch you'll be asked to sign in through either your Facebook or Twitter account. Once logged in, you can search for other players from your friends list or get automatically matched with a random player.
3. Dice with Buddies
Dice with Buddies is another great casual game, but this time you're playing a turn-based game similar to Hasbro's Yahtzee. As with the other games you can play with friends, family, or match up with a random opponent, but there is no single-player option.