There are apps that grab you by their complexity, and then there apps that grab you by their simplicity.  Consider Words With Friends part of the latter.  After stumbling upon this, apparently, popular app a few weeks ago, I have been playing with it non-stop.  Just how addictive is this game? It has earned a […]
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Review: Words With Friends

There are apps that grab you by their complexity, and then there apps that grab you by their simplicity.  Consider Words With Friends part of the latter.  After stumbling upon this, apparently, popular app a few weeks ago, I have been playing with it non-stop.  Just how addictive is this game?

It has earned a spot on my first home screen.  Trust me, that’s not easy.

So just what is Words With Friends?  Well, it is essentially Scrabble in many ways.  If you know Scrabble, you know Words With Friends.  The gameplay is nearly identical, if not a carbon copy (forgive me as I do not know Scrabble like the back of my hand).

You arrange letter tiles on a game board to earn points.  The object is to have more points than your opponent after all of the letters are used.

The app is designed and laid out very well.  You double tap to zoom in on the board, drag and drop tiles onto the board, and navigate menus with ease.

But what makes the app so addicting?

It’s definitely the social network aspect.  Even though the game does not use Apple’s own Game Center application, you can have up to 20 games going against other iPhone, iPod, or iPad users.  In fact, the game does not even have a “single player” option.  Creating a game takes only a few taps and you are competing against someone halfway across the globe before you know it.

You can start a game by searching someone’s username or have the server match you up with a random opponent.  If you choose a random opponent, the app will alert you when a match has been found, which is usually within seconds.

The beauty part of this app is the notification system.  You can play a quick back-and-forth match with a buddy, or have a game with a random stranger that takes days to finish.  After your opponent makes his or her move, the app notifies you that it’s your turn – you can even enable sounds, badges, and notifications if you like.  This process repeats until a winner is declared.

Some other random bits:  there is an in-game chat system that looks similar to the iPhone’s SMS app, and you can integrate your game and look for opponents via Facebook and Twitter, but I cannot comment on the social media integration as I have yet to try it.

Believe me when I say that this app is addicting.  I have badges only enabled and find myself fighting the urge to constantly check my phone to make my next move in one of the multiple games I have going.  Even though it’s completely different, this game has an Angry Birds-level of appeal to me as far as iOS games go.

Yes, it’s that good.  I highly suggest you at least check out the free, ad-supported version like I did.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll pay the $2.99 (or the current sale price of $0.99) to remove the ads within minutes.

Words With Friends is available in the iTunes Store right for a sale price of $0.99.  A free, ad-supported version is also available.

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