Scramble with Friends a worthy hit in the iTunes App Store

A new game from Zynga has rocketed to the top of the charts in the iTunes App Store. Using a classic board game as a starting point, you're going to see this game stay high on the list for a long time.

Scramble With Friends
Touch and drag to make as many words as you can in the 2-minute time limit. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Scramble With Friends (99 cents), a new game from Zynga, has rocketed to the top of the iTunes App Store with classic Boggle-like gameplay so you can challenge your friends.

Gaming company Zynga has enjoyed huge success with hit iOS games including Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, and Texas hold-'em game Zynga Poker. A new word game from the company took the tried and true classic board game, Boggle, and made it into an iPhone-friendly multiplayer game that's as addictive and fun as the original.

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When you finish a game, the points for each round are added up. Rumor Has It co-host Karyne Levy put me to shame in this game. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Like Boggle, the object of the game is to find as many words as you can in a jumbled grid of letters by connecting adjacent letters to form words. You can form words vertically, horizontally, and diagonally by touching a letter and swiping across more letters until you complete a word. You have 2 minutes to find as many words as possible. There's nothing new here for anyone who has played classic Boggle, but Zynga's familiar interface and easy social networking site connectivity make it easy to jump in and start playing with your friends from wherever you are.

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.

Like hit game Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends is sure to be a longtime player in the iTunes App Store's most popular list. Using a tried and true classic board game as its starting point, an intuitive interface, and easy game matching, it's no wonder this game is already at No. 1 in the iTunes App Store. Anyone who likes word games like Boggle should immediately download this well-polished title.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.