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CNET Editors' review
Scrabble for iPad is a faithful adaptation of that classic board game much beloved by logophiles, with tons of cool extras and several easy options for multiplayer games.
What Scrabble for iPad does best is simulate the look, feel, and even sound of the original game, with sharp HD graphics, gratifying sound effects (letter tiles pop into place with a subtle click), and an interface that will put Scrabble-lovers right at home, including a virtual tile rack that lets you rearrange letters. (And in party play mode, individual players can even use their iPhones and iPod Touches with the free Tile Rack app to play and manage letter tiles wirelessly.) Multiplayer is what Scrabble is all about, and Scrabble for iPad gives you several options, including pass-and-play, games over wifi, and Facebook integration that will let you play up to 25 different games with your Facebook friends. Single player mode is also well done, with variable difficulty (the harder setting will challenge even Scrabble vets) and a "best word" option (great for learning or just "cheating," as you automatically play the highest possible scoring word given the options available). The game also includes a built-in dictionary.
Scrabble for iPad isn't cheap, but it is exceptionally well designed and executed, and a solid value for Scrabble fans.
From Electronic Arts:
CONNECT WITH FRIENDS. PLAY WITH WORDS. Get a game of SCRABBLE going with just about anyone! America's Favorite Word Game is now faster and better than ever. Plus, now you can play SCRABBLE in English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.WHO WILL YOU PLAY? Now challenge friends via Origin or Facebook Find an instant opponent with a single touch Play solo against the computer Is it Family Game Night? With Pass n Play mode, you can play together on the same device Get numerous games going at onceLOOK SHARP!Now optimized for your iPad screen. View every detail with new and improved HD-quality graphics made to maximize the Retina display.TALK A GOOD GAMEShow off your skills with the brand-new Super Chat feature, complete with emoticons, time stamps, auto-correct, spell check, and more. Weve also added the ability to log in through Origin! You can connect to Origin or Facebook to challenge friends and share your best scores. IMPROVE YOUR SCORES WITH THE TEACHERBecome a SCRABBLE master with the exclusive Teacher feature see what your best word could have been after every turn.PLAY YOUR WAYNow zoom in on your board in either Portrait or Landscape mode. Keep the chat or the dictionary open while you play your game. Place tiles on the board when its not even your turn. Take a look at your opponents last score right on the board. Start up a random game (without waiting for a friend). Toggle between active matches with the swipe of a finger. And best of all, play AD-FREE!LOSS FOR WORDS?Use the in-game word list, built-in official SCRABBLE dictionary, or the exclusive Best Word feature to see your highest-scoring choices.Ready for the first and last word in word games? Dont accept imitations. Just say, LETS PLAY SCRABBLE!
What's new in this version: Get ready for more SCRABBLE fun! A new mini-game, luxury boards, and more this update has it all.Take a look at these new features: See how many tiles of each letter are in SCRABBLE with the new Tile Distribution feature Unlock luxury boards and tiles with an optional mini-game Peruse Italian, German, and Spanish SCRABBLE dictionaries Shuffle your tiles with a shake of your device Tap your tiles to exchange them no need to drag and dropWeve also implemented behind-the-scenes adjustments to impro... See all new features
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"EA has gutted this app -- it's tragic!"
Version: SCRABBLE HD for iPad 1.15.71
There are none anymore.
Bluetooth connectivity has been removed, so you can no longer play with two iPads unless you have Internet access. Pleasing graphic interface has been replaced by a garish board that is more difficult to use. Increased the delay between moves by adding a stupid point tally routine. Overall, the worst app downgrade I have ever seen. Pitiful.
This was a more expensive app, but worth it. Now I would rather have my money back--or at least the game that I originally purchased. This "upgrade" constitutes a theft.
"Disastrous Update version 3.2.5"
Version: SCRABBLE HD for iPad 1.15.71
There are none.
This was my favourite ipad game, but now I can't even be bothered to launch it, it upsets me so much. The user interface is ugly an the organization of the players' progress is not nearly so easy to follow. I was able to play with my grandson over wi-fi, but have advised his parents, whatever they do, NOT to update the app.
Don't buy/update to the March 2013 version for the iPad. MAYBE it is good for an iPhone 5, but that does not translate into good for an iPad 1. At lease make both versions available from the iTunes store so that your (formerly) faithful users have a choice.
"Gets worse with each upgrade!"
Version: SCRABBLE HD for iPad 1.15.71
Cannot play against computer!!!
I used to love this game but it is now unusable as I cannot play against the computer anymore. That's the only way I ever played it. Did try the playing against random opponent, but no opponent ever appeared. Plus cannot play with computer during power outages when there's no wifi anyhow. EA is just making it worse all the time. Loved it when it first came out, but it has been going downhill with each update.
"Does not work correctly"
Version: SCRABBLE HD for iPad 1.14.53
can play the computer so can play anytime without waiting on a player.
expensive AND when I try to add letters to the outside edges of the board it won't let me. The letters just keep bouncing back to my rack. The only way around this was to choose the "best word" and it added it for me. Rally stinks because I really deliberated before spending 10 bucks on this ap anyway.
If I could get rid of the above mentioned bug I would recommend this game but can't in good faith while it does not work properly.
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