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Official scrabble, with many ways to play
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 16 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One S
Lots of ways to play, neat graphics, online multiplayer
Aggressive ad system
Scrabble for Android brings the iconic board game to your all mobile gadgets. There's a number of Android games based on Scrabble, but this is the real thing. And being from Electronic Arts you can be sure there's a high level of polish, slick animated graphics and plenty of ways to play the game to keep you interested. If you're really keen on Scrabble, there's even a cool live wallpaper with falling tiles.
You can play by yourself against 1-3 computer players, with 4 difficulty levels, play against a random opponent, play against your Facebook/Origin friends, play a "Pass N' Play" game with up to 4 players on the same device, or a "speed play" (with either random players or online friends), with a 2min or 5min time limit for each turn.
You can have lots of different games going on at the same time. You have a list of all them on the homescreen, showing the last word played and what it scored. You're going to want to turn the menu music off.
There's a teacher feature, which is a little tile icon wearing glasses, that shows you how you could have scored more points in each turn. She offers nice words of encouragement like "Oh dear, let me show you what you missed" or "Outstanding, that's really tough to beat!"
Physical Scrabble games can last for hours. A lot of fun comes from arguments over whether particular words exist, and the desperation of 2 letter words as the game winds slowly to an end. This is somewhat lost when you are all adhering to the same computer dictionary.
Scrabble for Android is best played in the same way as other mobile word games. In short bursts between online players, with as many concurrent games as you like. For Pass N' Play games you can chose to have a points threshold for winning, or a set number of rounds, in order to make the games a bit shorter.
Scrabble for Android will appeal to scrabble purists who want to keep playing on the go. It works just as well as a family game for rainy days. The animations, the interface, and the way it zooms in during each go make it a joy to play. But the experience is marred by the frequent video ads, and heavy pushing of other free EA games.