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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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible updated version. Great prior version"

    October 1, 2013  |   By gjfrost

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 3.5.0

    Pros

    it works but with painstaking movements that make you frustrated instead of being entertained.

    Cons

    The smaller board, smaller pieces and the extra non important items added make the game hard to see and play with.

    Summary

    Fire the goof balls who coded this new version and remove them from Earth. Sell your stock in this company and put it toward those that update apps for the purpose of improvement, not money.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dreadful app"

    August 18, 2013  |   By terrypin

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 3.5.0

    Pros

    None whatsoever.

    Cons

    Childish, dumbed down interface. Garish default colour scheme. Cannot make alternative settings permanent defaults. Doesn't work properly from iPad using Facebook to continue playing an online game started from desktop. Buggy and erratic operation. I could go on...

    Summary

    Absolutely awful. I'm sure there must be a good case for collective legal action about such a radically spoiled app that was already paid for.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolute abomination of the classic game of Scrabble"

    June 15, 2013  |   By Wellhoff

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 3.4.0

    Pros

    No Pros whatsoever

    Cons

    No ability to choose your opponent, no ability to play timed matches, board is much too 'noisy' and built for a child, using the wrong dictionaries and the ruination of a classic game all in the name of the almighty dollar. Cheap, nasty and no class.

    Summary

    Don't waste your valuable time.......spend it sharpening pencils or spooning your eyeballs out with a chicken bone. Got to be better than playing this rubbish.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful abomination of a great game."

    June 15, 2013  |   By RacNamman

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 3.4.0

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    No timed games, no single click tile placing, no ability to choose opponent, too many adds and an absolutely grotesque user interface.

    Summary

    There is already a lot going on visually on a scrabble board, surely you need a quiet background so you can concentrate? Trying to play this game is like trying to play on a scrabble board floating in a big bowl of 'carrotty' sick

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Modern day theft! An utter travesty."

    June 2, 2013  |   By TAxeman

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 3.3.0

    Pros

    There are no pros

    Cons

    Hideous colours
    Social media noise
    Advertising noise
    WiFi play removed
    Colours and interface which would appeal to a baby in a play-pen

    Summary

    I'm not sure how legal it is to take a working paid-for app which I was very happy with, and update it with a complete irreversible shambles.

    I'd love to be a fly-on-the-wall at the project meetings when this was planned. Was there anybody present with two brain cells that could be rubbed together?
    Even the most basic market research would surely reveal the target audience of this much loved game has over the generations played scrabble to get away from the noise of today (TV/media/Internet etc.). It is a form of escape.

    If they wanted a game to appeal to first-person-shooters with social media implants why not create a new game instead of destroying the old one?

    Morons.

    Updated on Jun 3, 2013

    My review is for V3.4

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  • 1.0 stars

    "EA has gutted this app -- it's tragic!"

    March 17, 2013  |   By will_keenan

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 1.15.71

    Pros

    There are none anymore.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disastrous Update version 3.2.5"

    March 15, 2013  |   By volenti

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 1.15.71

    Pros

    There are none.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Gets worse with each upgrade!"

    October 29, 2012  |  

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 1.15.71

    Pros

    None anymore

    Cons

    Cannot play against computer!!!

    Summary

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work correctly"

    March 23, 2012  |   By bjdcnt

    Version: SCRABBLE for iPad 1.14.53

    Pros

    can play the computer so can play anytime without waiting on a player.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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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