1. cjvitek's Avatar
    Okay, has anyone here not heard of the game Scrabble? Anyone? Bueller? Okay, so I won't go into the details of how to play Scrabble, but rather I will just talk about Scrabble on the iPhone.

    The iPhone version of the Scrabble game has a very nice presentation. Ranging from the crisp, clean graphics to the nice animation sequences to the sound the tiles make as you play the game, it comes off as very professional. Which it should, since EA made the game - I would expect nothing less of them.

    The interface is nice as well. In the menu options, slightly luminescent buttons are used to choose various options and menu settings. When you play the game, you use the standard iPhone operations to shrink or expand the board, and slide around with the finger to move the board around. When playing the game, the basic functions (exchange your tiles, shuffle them, play a word) are placed at the bottom of the screen. The game also has a "best word" option, which you can use four times during a game to find the best possible word.

    The various options for playing are nice as well. You can play a quick game against a computer opponent. You can play a multi-player wifi game (which gets saved if the game is interupted!). You can also customize a game, choosing a game style, opponent (mutliplayer pass'n'play or computer), etc. The varied options for setting up a game mean that you can have a varied range of game types. They also have an option for an interesting mode I have never heard of before called "duplicate".

    Unfortunately, you can't adjust those options when setting up a wifi-game, meaning you can only play in the standard "classic" mode. Still fun, but limiting. Also, you can't play over an internet connection - both players must be on the same wifi network.

    The help options are fairly complete - you can read the various rules for the different game play modes, as well as a general guide for how to play.

    While a wifi game is automatically saved if you are interrupted, you can't save any other type of game to resume. This means that you can only really play one game at a time. It would be nice to be able to have a few games going at once, but EA decided they didn't want to allow that.

    One of the main drawbacks is that there is no dictionary option. The facebook version of the game includes a dictionary, as well as a list of all two-letter words. This would be a nice inclusion in this game, so you don't continue to put words on the board to test if they are valid.

    Pros: Nice interface and game control, lots of playing options

    Cons: No internet multiplayer, can't save a game in progress, no dictionary

    All in all, this is a nice program, a good adaptation of the classic Scrabble board game. It has the basic features of Scrabble, and includes a number of different play modes. The inclusion of wifi multiplayer is nice, but internet is missing. This game is currently $4.99 (on "sale" since Dec 18), and I give it four out of five stars.

    Rating scale:

    * = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
    ** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
    *** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
    **** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
    ***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

    Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.
    01-20-2009 09:03 AM
  2. cjvitek's Avatar
    Just topping the review, since the app was listed as a top five must have board game.
    08-18-2009 03:49 PM
  3. Bugbabe's Avatar
    Has anyone played this for any length of time? Have read the app reviews and seems there are issues with the dictionary

    does anyone have some up to date info on gameplay?

    Thank you
    10-04-2009 08:15 AM
  4. GadgetGuru72#IM's Avatar
    Has anyone played this for any length of time? Have read the app reviews and seems there are issues with the dictionary

    does anyone have some up to date info on gameplay?

    Thank you
    There are no issues with the dictionary. It's the official Scrabble dictionary. The reviewers who question the dictionary are just upset that the computer was using words they didn't know the meaning of. Just because the reviewer didn't recognize the word doesn't mean it's not a word. My guess is that there's quite a few words these reviewers wouldn't recognize.
    10-04-2009 02:09 PM
  5. Pearlish's Avatar
    All the iPhone users in my family have this app, and we make frequent use of the Facebook interface to play with our non-iPhone friends. I really like this app. The OP Review is spot on in my opinion. I haven't had any problems with the dictionary. If you are a Scrabble lover I think you'll be happy with the app.
    10-04-2009 03:13 PM
  6. redcool's Avatar
    Wow i am very addicted to the game..
    Fun to play
    07-22-2010 06:35 AM
  7. spangler07#IM's Avatar
    how does it compare to words with friends? is it worth paying for it in comparison?
    07-31-2010 06:04 PM