Scrabble is arguably one of the coolest board games in the world. I grew up playing Scrabble (and Boggle!) with the entire family on a regular basis, and even though I haven’t touched a real Scrabble board in ages, the thought of playing the game still fills me with excitement. There is, of course, the option of playing Scrabble on electronic devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and other similar gadgets. However, this option usually does not compare to the experience of the real thing. For one, you normally need two very devices in order to have a fulfilling game. Now what to do if you have an iPhone and your Scrabble-mate has an Android phone?
Videogame giant Electronic Arts (EA) has solved this problem for those of us with these “first world issues” by finally releasing Scrabble Free, an electronic version of the board game that allows interaction between devices running on different operating systems. No doubt about it, iOS and Android are the most used mobile operating systems today, and the release of Scrabble Free only narrows the gap.
Not having an Android phone, I have not tried out the app, but reviews seem rather disappointing, with an average of 3.7 out of 5 in the Android Market. It seems that the main gripe of people is the fact that there are too many in-game ads. Then again, what can you really expect for a free app from EA?
Another downside to Scrabble Free, it seems, is the limitation when it comes to playing single player games. ((Source)) You can play with friends and random opponents, but there is no option to play against the computer. That is something I totally get – while it is fun playing against real people, there are times when it’s just more convenient to play against an opponent that is not limited by time and have tons of distractions that keep them from responding within an appropriate period.
Still, knowing some people using Android who would always be up for a game of Scrabble, I am rather happy with the availability of the app. Any Scrabble fan would feel the same, I reckon. I just don’t know if I will feel the same way after having tried it myself. Has anyone had a go at Scrabble Free yet?
Now if you have an Android phone and haven’t tried Scrabble Free, get it from the Android Market without having to pay a single cent!
Note: I heard from an Android user that the download is only available for US-based users for now. Bah!