I'm sure pretty much everyone the basics of Scrabble, so I won't dwell on it too much. However, just in case you've been living all your life in a cave, it's a board game which sets players the challenge of making words out of randomly selected letters and placing them on the board in such a way that they link up with other words and score as many points as possible. Its relative simplicity combined with fun, but challenging (and intellectually stimulating) gameplay has long made it a favourite amongst young and old alike.
As you might imagine, this DS version does nothing to rock the boat and is a faithful recreation of the original, with the rules following the official Scrabble one. However, to try and introduce some variety, there are a number of different game modes. Challenge allows you to play a single game against a computer opponent, Career Mode sees you competing in "Scrabble Tournaments" against progressively more difficult computer opponents whom you need to beat before you can progress to the next round. There's also a nice multiplayer option where you can play against a single human opponent (if they don't have their own copy of the game) or several (if they do) so you can have the fun and interaction of playing Scrabble with friends, without having to fiddle around with all those silly tiles! A couple of word-based games (such as anagram challenges) rounds off the package.
However many different modes the game throws at you, you can't get away from the fact that pretty much everything is based around Scrabble and this will pretty much decide whether you like this game or not. If you love the board game, you'll love this; if you find it boring, then there's nothing here that will change your mind.
If you are playing against the computer, then Career Mode offers the best long-term challenge and gives you a sense of progression and achievement as you beat successively tougher opponents. On the whole, the computer AI is well judged. Early characters have limited vocabularies and low tactical abilities. They will often put in words of just a few letters, or place a word in such a way that it makes a Triple Word Score square available to you. As you progress however, they opponents get smarter and smarter, with vastly expanded vocabularies (often superior to yours) and strong tactical play. Although in many ways these later opponents are a lot more fun to play (since they offer far more of a challenge), they can also be frustrating, since they are also difficult to beat. Very often they will come up with (legitimate) words which you have never heard of, due to their increased AI, which score massively and it's not unusual in some games to find yourself 60-100 points behind early on! Still, this just makes it all the more satisfying when you finally beat them; and, of course, you will learn some new words from them that you yourself can use in other games!
Occasionally, there are glitches in the AI. One opponent I came across, for example, kept taking the bizarre decision to pass on his turn and did this for three successive goes. Effectively, this handed me the game before it had even begun. Nor is this an isolated issue, since it has happened on a couple of occasion which makes that game much less of a challenge.
Although there are only a relatively low number of opponents to defeat, this does not impact on the long term appeal of the game. By its very nature, every game of Scrabble is different since it depends on the letters you pick up, so this is one game you will keep coming back to.
Graphics are not exactly earth-shattering, but then there's no need for them to be. The game board is faithfully recreated using an overhead view (you can also zoom in on specific areas for a closer look) and the tiles, although quite small, are still clear and easy to read.
The main downside to the presentation is that the various scoring squares (double/triple words etc.) are represented by colours, unlike the board game which uses both colours and words. This means you have to remember, for example, that a pink square is a double word square or light blue a double letter. This won't be an issue for regular players, but less experienced players might find it a touch frustrating, particularly in the first few games.
Graphics might be simple but effective; sadly the sound is simple but horrible. Tunes are hideous and repetitive and play continuously throughout the game - hardly conducive to thinking. Thankfully, the music can be turned off (something I would strongly advise). Other than that sound is limited to the occasional "bing" as you make a word.
The crucial areas where Scrabble gets it right is in the implementation of the rules and the controls. The rules follow the official Scrabble ones, and the game prevents any illegal moves, so there's no arguing about what you can and can't do! As far as I can tell, it's a full implementation of the rules too, so you can swap your letters for new ones (in exchange for missing a turn) or elect to miss a turn if you have a great word but can't quite fit it in as the board stands. There's even a built-in dictionary which prevents arguments over whether something is a "real" word or not. A further nice touch is that when a word is played, a definition scrolls across the DS's top screen, so if you play with kids, you can help them expand their vocabulary as you go along. There's also a "junior mode" available, which prevents the playing of rude (but legitimate) words, thus making it safe for kids to play.
Controls are logical and make good use of the DS's touchscreen. You can re-arrange letters on your rack simply by dragging them to a new position whilst to place a word on the grid, you simply tap a letter, then drag it to the square it is to be placed on, tapping the Tick icon to confirm the word and end your turn. This simple, but effective interface means the DS version is just as easy to pick up and play as the original board game on which it is based.
For such a simple game, Scrabble is surprisingly heavy on battery life. The first time I played, I had 4 bars left on battery indicator - normally enough for a good few hours' game time. Yet after just three games (no more than an hour in total), the low battery light was glowing red and it needed recharging. It seems utterly bizarre that such a simple game drains the battery far quicker than many of the graphically and sonically more complex games I have, but that's the way it is.
Any other weaknesses the game might have simply reflect the same frustrations as the board game: finding yourself with a rackful of vowels unable to make a word; seeing your opponent go in the space you were planning on using in your next turn and so on. Sorry, but not even a computer can solve these problems!
Despite being relatively old, Scrabble 2007 has held its value better than many DS games and will cost around £10; the updated 2009 edition, costs £15-20 (I've no idea what the difference between them is, since I only have the 2007 version). However, if you are just after a faithful version of Scrabble that you can play when there are no human opponents are available, then the 2007 one is more than adequate.
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If, like me, you love playing Scrabble, but your partner, family & friends all hate it, then this game is for you! It provides computerised opponents to play against in a standard Scrabble game, as well as related mini games if you just want a quick anagram fix. For this game is, of course, all about anagrams.
For those who are unfamiliar with the game Scrabble, it is a board game which was first released in 1938 as "Criss-Crosswords", & became popular in the 1950s after the name had been changed to Scrabble. There is a board divided into a 15x15 grid of squares, & a bag full of 100 tiles, on each of which appears one letter of the alphabet. The number of times a letter appears depends on how commonly it is used in English words (assuming you're playing the English version). Each letter also has a different number of points, ranging from 1 for very common letters such as E & N, up to 10 points for Q & Z. There are also 2 blank tiles which score no points but can be used to fill in for any letter of the alphabet.
2 to 4 people can play the game. Each one starts off with 7 random letters from the bag & has to take it in turns to form words on the board, arranging them horizontally & vertically as in a crossword grid. Their score each turn is worked out by adding up the points value of each letter they've placed on the board in that turn. Points may be increased if letters are placed on special coloured squares such as Double Word Score (the score for the whole word is doubled) or Triple Letter Score (the score for that particular letter is tripled). At the end of each turn, the player draws random tiles from the bag to replace the ones they've placed on the board. This goes on until all the letters are used up.
The basic gameplay on the DS is just the same as in the board game. The stylus is used to select letters & drag them into place on the board, & the game works out your score automatically. It contains a comprehensive dictionary & tells you if a word is not allowed. Unlike in the official rules of the board game, you're allowed to keep trying until you've placed a correct word on the board, instead of forfeiting your turn if the word is not in the dictionary.
If you just want to play a standard game of Scrabble, then you choose 'Quick Game', & select between 1 & 3 of the computerised opponents to play against. To begin with, only 1 opponent is available; there are 7 more which can be unlocked by progressing through Career Mode or by playing mini-games (see below). Each one you unlock is slightly better at the game than the previous opponent. I tend to find that the 4th character unlocked, Angelina, is about as good at Scrabble as I am, or perhaps a tiny bit better, so she is the most challenging opponent. I don't bother playing against the next one up as they beat me every time! During the game, the computerised players quickly make their decisions & place their words, so you don't feel like you're waiting around for them.
There are a few options available in a quick game: firstly you can set a time limit per turn or per game (I don't like to use this option as I like to spend a long time looking for the best move!). Secondly, you can play in 'Duplicate' mode, meaning on each turn all the players have the same set of letters & each choose a word to play at the same time, but only the highest scoring one is placed on the board. This is an interesting variation, but I prefer to stick with the classic game.
Career Mode also involves playing standard Scrabble games, however this mode has levels to progress through & you must beat each opponent, starting with the easiest & working up to the more challenging opponents. You can save the game whenever you want to, & if you lose a game you don't have to go back to the beginning, you just play that person again. Personally I found the first 2 really easy to beat, the 3rd a slight challenge, & I still haven't beaten the 4th (out of 8 opponents altogether!). As you progress, more opponents are unlocked for the Quick Games.
One of the best things about Scrabble DS is the mini-games. There are 3 of these:
1) "Anagrams": you are given 5 letters & have to make as many anagrams as you can using all of them. It tells you on the top screen how many there are to find. Once you've found them all, you're given another set of 5 letters to find the anagrams from. This continues until you run out of time (5 minutes). (If you can't find all the anagrams from a particular set of letters, you can skip that set.) You can also play this in hard mode, which has sets of 7 letters. I find this quite fun & a good challenge on normal mode, but on hard mode I find it so difficult that it gets boring. Some people may find it slightly annoying that around 40% of the anagrams you need to find will be words you've never heard of, however I quite like the challenge of guessing what might be a real word, & if you really get stuck you can always skip (it then tells you the words you've missed).
2) "Escaletters": You start with a 3-letter word, & then are given the letters of that word plus a 4th to make a new word with. You're then given those 4 letters plus a 5th to make another word with, & so on (up to a 6-letter word in normal mode & a 7-letter word in hard mode). You then start with another 3-letter word, & carry on until your 3 minutes are up. I find this quite fun in both modes, & again you can skip in places if you're stuck.
3) "Puzzletters": You have a 7x9 grid of random letters & have to rearrange them to form words - you swap adjacent letters until you've formed a word across or down & then highlight it with the stylus. A timer ticks down at the side of the screen & you have to form at least 1 word before it runs out (2 in hard mode); if you can do this you get to carry on playing. As far as I can tell, this game could potentially go on forever if you keep finding words, & because it has no set ending then I tend to get bored of it. It's also quite cumbersome & time-consuming swapping adjacent letters around until you've formed a word.
You can play multiplayer games with other people who have a DS by using the DS Wireless Communications mode, but I haven't tried this.
This game is very easy to play, especially if you are already familiar with Scrabble. If not, the top screen displays tips telling you what to do. This screen also tells you the meanings of words that have been played, which is particularly useful for the weird words some of the computerised opponents come up with! The extensive dictionary does in some ways give the opponents an advantage as they are able to use words most human players would not know. The use of these words also occasionally makes the mini-games a bit difficult.
Although the box states 3+, I personally would not recommend it for children unless they are already fans of the board game. Younger children would almost certainly get bored very quickly. Also the game has been mentioned in the press because the computer sometimes uses words that aren't really appropriate for children, however you can set a child's account on the game to "Junior Mode" to avoid this.
The game allows 2 different player accounts to be saved at any one time.
Overall, this is a challenging & fun title that you can come back to from time to time for a quick game.
I confess - I'm addicted to the Nintendo DS Scrabble! I spend hours on it. I alway say, I'll just have one game, then by the time I look at the clock the whole evening has passed me by again! This is a travel version of the much-loved board game. You can select single player or play against friends who also have a Nintendo DS. Unfortunately, I don't - so I'm constandly trying to beat the highly-intelligent "Angelina" cyber contestant. She's good! My only gripe would be that the computer versions of this game will seemingly allow cyber-players to use words that I've never heard of - and some highly suspiciously-spelt words too. Possibly a conflict of languages? Anyway, it does mean that quite often you end up losing which can be frustrating. But nevertheless, this is a great way to pass the time and perfect for long journeys, etc. I would definitely recommend it.
This Scrabble game for the DS is a great game for people of all ages. It is the portable version of the board game and can keep you entertained for hours.
On this game, you can create up to two profiles. When you click through onto a profile, these options come up: Quick Game, Other Games, Career, Multiplayer and Options. Everything is really easy to navigate so don't worry if you are planning on buying this game for someone not used to playing on the DS.
Quick Game is exactly what it says on the label. If you just want to play a standard game of Scrabble, this is what you want to go on. You can work your way up in difficulty with the different players available. This is more fun than just playing against the computer at one difficulty and gives you a sense of achievement when you get to play against someone else by unlocking them. You can also play a multi-player game on here by selecting which players you want to play against.
On Other Games, you can pick between three word games to play. These are really fun and you have to unlock them by playing the game before a certain number of times or getting a certain score. This again makes you feel really good when you get a good score or when you unlock another game. I enjoyed playing all of the games. For me the final game is the most fun as I find anagrams difficult and the first two games are based on Anagrams. The last one is more like a remixed version of Boggle where you have to put letters together and make a word before the time runs out.
My favourite part of the Scrabble game overall is the Career option. On this you progress through three levels; Regional, National and World Scrabble tournaments. The levels get more and more difficult and you really do find yourself shouting at Angelina or Emily for putting down a Z on a triple letter! I've finally got to the World Tournament part but these games are timed and it's practically impossible to beat anyone on this round. Seriously, I have a lot of respect for your Scrabble abilities if you can beat anyone there! One more thing is that you can unlock different colour boards which makes a change from the standard blue one.
I haven't tried the multiplayer function as you have to have a friend that has a DS too and I don't! Unfortunately you can't do a multiplayer game with people in real life with only one DS. This is definitely something the Scrabble people need to improve on, as I'd love to play against my sister or boyfriend.
For any youngsters playing this game, I'd really recommend using the Junior function. You can put down a lot of random swear words which I didn't even know were in the dictionary so be careful with that!
Overall, although Scrabble does have some flaws, the 2007 version really isn't very expensive at around £8 on Amazon so if you enjoy the board game, try it out on the DS.
Scrabble DS is a portable version of the popular board game. It plays exactly like the board game does with you placing tiles onto a board to make words. The interface is very intuitive, easy to use and pick up. The menu system is quite simple and uncluttered; you can get to virtually any part of the game in no more than a few seconds. The board is very clear and vibrant, it feels just like scrabble should.
However there are some bad points. Inexplicably, you can only have 2 profiles, which is not great if the whole family is playing the game.
For some bizzare reason, they have decided to omit a turn based multiplayer mode using the same cartridge. How much effort would it have taken to include such a mode? Not much I would reckon. Myself and my girlfriend wanted to play each other (we are quite sad) but as we only had 1 ds and game our thirst for single ds multiplayer scrabble went unquenched.
The 'career' mode is quite short, and there are ridiculous spikes in difficulty. The final tournament is barely even worth playing since it is impossible to win unless you are a robot.
There is obviously an inbuilt dictionary, however you don't get to consult it per se, it just notifies you when your word is invalid. The ability to consult the dictionary at will would make this game much better.
There is not much in the way of unlockables. There are minigames which are fun to play the first few times but quickly get boring, and the 'boards' that you unlock, which are actuallly just different color schemes for the same board.
Add to this the lame excuse for characters and lack of reasons to keep playing and you have one poorly executed game. It does what it says on the tin, it *is* scrabble on a ds, but it could have been so much more.
I inherited this game along with my DS from my step dad who decided he didn't want it any more. If it hadn't come with it though, I'd have gone and bought it anyway I think as scrabble is very much my thing.
When you first turn the game on, you can set up two profiles which means that your cumulative scores on different things are stored so that you can move through the levels of the game or on other quick games you can see on a little graph how you're improving. This is a nice feature, and it's nice to see how you're doing compared to someone else (in my case my hubby). There is a junior mode to stop certain words being used, I don't know how effective this is as I didn't know it was there when I set my 10yr old niece playing the game - I didn't learn about it till later opps!.
Once inside your profile you have options to choose from: quick game, career multiplayer and other games.
Quick game - this is just a simple quick game of scrabble against the computer opponent. You'll get to pick from a variety of levels of opponent depending on how far through your career games you are.
Quick game can also be played in multi player mode so you can play against another real person but only if they have a DS as well, as you need to be able to link the two machines together, you can't both share one DS to play unfortunately.
Career - this is where your games of scrabble are part of a tournament. You work your way up through the levels and have to beat certain opponents before you can move on upwards.
For both career and quick games the scrabble game is played in much the same way as the board game - each player having 7 tiles that they can use to place on the board to make words. Placing them on the board scores you points based on the value of each letter and also where on the board you place them as some squares are double or triple letter, or double or triple word scores.
In the other games section there are three games to choose from - Anagrams, Escaletters and Puzzleletters.
Anagrams is quite simple you get 5 letters and are told how many words there are that can be made from them, and how many of them are easy and how many hard. The more of them you get, the more you score. This is timed and you can pass on the letters and move over to the next set of letters with a small penalty.
Escaletters is quite a nice game though to be honest it does get a bit boring I find. You start with 3 letters and each time have to add one to make a word all the way up to 7 letters.
Puzzleletters is probably my favourite game on there as this works a bit differently. Your board is a grid each square having a letter in it. You move the letters about swapping them with any other letter on the same row or column to make words. You must highlight the words you make and each level is timed, so the idea is to make as many words as you can before the time runs out. As you go up through the levels some letters get locked so they can't be moved. The only way to remove them from the board is to play them - i.e. make a word with that letter in. At the end of each level, the letters you've used go away and new ones appear. As I say this is probably my favourite game, but it is one which can go on a while - I've spent over 2 hours playing the same game, and there's no way to save it and continue another time which is a shame.
The variety offered by this cartridge is good, my biggest problem with it is that it doesn't use the official scrabble dictionary for its words, it uses a different brand of dictionary and it just doesn't match. Sometimes the computer controlled character will play words that simply don't exist, and other times it will refuse to let you play a word that you know is real which can get a little frustrating. This is particularly a problem if you play scrabble on a board with real people regularly as you have to make sure you don't get the two sets of word rules muddled up I find.
Overall a very excellent set of games and a cartridge well worth buying. This version has been superseded by a newer version, but I'm told it's very similar, and this older version can still be bought second hand of course, so if you don't have it and like word games like I do, buy it, it's a goodun!
Scrabble for the Ds is a fantastic game. You can play in a tournament against different challengers, each ranging in difficulty, from idiot to spelling genius. The classical game on the DS is much like playing the original. The game is easy to play on the DS, you simple drag the letters onto the board to play them. When you place a word it gives you a definition of the word along the bottom of the screen, this is useful especially when the computer player plays a word you have never heard of! When playing you can zoom into the board which is great for placing letters or focusing on an area where the points are!
As well as the original scrabble game there is are a couple of other fun word games, such as solving anagrams of finding words in a grid full of letters. Both of which are fun and challenging to play.
The main menu lists the different games you can play and it is easy to stop a game (particularly if your loosing) and begin a different game quickly.
Another great point is that you can play the game with another person who has a DS who doesn't have to have the game! this is great for challenging your friends and definitely is worth the money with different types of word games and level difficulties to choose from!
When I first saw this game I immediately wanted it. It's been years since I've played Scrabble and I really fancied playing a game of it. However I kept holding off and waiting for the price to fall, luckily I recently recieved this as a gift, and it was worth the wait!
Scrabble 2007 DS is just like the real scrabble game. The board is the same and has those double word scores, triple letter scores and the wonderful triple word scores ;)
From the main menu you can play a quick game which is a single player game against the DS, you choose which character to play against, if you haven't played the career mode there will just be the one, and it's quite an easy opponent.
Then there's the career mode. You start off playing an easy opponent and once you beat them, you move onto a harder opponent. If you lose, you can try again, and again, and again...
I haven't managed to complete the career mode I'm stuck about half way through, it's been a few years since I've played Scrabble! However each time I try I am getting much better at it so I don't think it's going to be much longer before I beat my next opponent.
I am learning new words whilst playing against the DS, as well as many of those infamous 2 letterd words which have me thinking most of them are made up, when do you ever hear anyone saying most of them! If you attempt to put down a word that isn't in the Scrabble dictionary it will tell you so and put your tiles back on your rack. When you do put a word down a quick definition scrolls along a little scroll bar, which is handy when the DS comes up with some strange words and you can learn what they mean. As with the real game, you can swap some of your tiles instead of taking your turn, or you can pass your turn altogether. You can arrange the tiles on the rack by dragging them about, it's very easy to do and isn't complicated. Sometimes putting letters on the board can be a bit fiddly but this rarely happens for me.
A great thing is the DS opponents put down words in a few seconds, meaning you aren't sitting there waiting for someone to take their turn. So far in career mode I can have as long as I like to think about what word to put down and where, but I have heard that the further you get into the game you turns become timed.
As well as Scrabble itself there are also some mini games. These are called Anagrams, Escaletters and Puzzletters. You have to reach a certain score in the first game, or get through 100 games before you can unlock the next game. They are quite fun to play and help you practice at thinking up some good words for playing Scrabble.
This DS game would be good for younger players, I noticed when I start up the game it asks if I want to play in 'Junior Mode' which I can only assume is a mode made for younger players. It's certainly great for anyone wanting to build up your skills and learn some new words.
The game does have wi-fi capability if you want to play against a friend.
I saw this game for £15 in Asda but it's £14 on Amazon. Scrabble DS 2009 is due for release this month and Amazon currently have that on pre-order for £14.96 so it's probably worth paying the extra £1 for the newer game.
I purchased this game as it was on special and I must say that I am addicted, this is a game that I cannot put down, it has taken over my life and I cannot beat this one computer character and it is starting to drive me insane.
This us just like the board game you can play on your own against a computer in career mode, where as you win the players you compete against get harder and enables a more challenging game, or you can compete against others on other Nintendo DS's in the download mode.
This game is great as it give you the definition of words played at the bottom of the screen and with a tap of the stylus on the screen you can place the letters on the board or change them if you have a terrible hand.
There are mini games that you have to play to unlock other opponents and elements to the game, but I think these are quite boring. You have all different options on the game where you can allow a certain time per move.
This is a great game and when playing against the computer as the computer takes seconds to make there move so the games is no where near as lengthily as when playing at home with the family.
The one problem is really the size of the screen on the DS as they have made the scrabble board bigger so it is easier to see but you have to move the board to the section that you want to see on the board as you cannot see the whole board on one screen.
The graphics on the game are ok, I was not expecting outstanding graphics on a board game and the sounds are pretty annoying when you are trying to concentrate.
This is a great game that's fun for all ages, you will not be disappointed I have had hours of fun for under £15 it is worth every penny as is a game that you will never get board of, DS have come up with an ingenious game for hours of fun.
After a random stint of me and a friend being addicted to playing Scrabble online, I decided to buy this for my DS. It's simple enough - you make the highest scoring words you can to win the game.
Sounds like it would get boring pretty quickly, but it doesn't. I've found myself learning some very strange words I've never even heard of before, the bonus being that the game tells you the dictionary definition. However, some words just seem very bizarre - maybe that's me just being jealous that the game is better than me!
You start off playing an opponent who's fairly easy to beat, but they get harder very quickly - I've ended up taking hours over a game in my mission to beat it!
It's also good as a 'pick up and play' game, due to the save game option - which some similar word games don't seem to have, so there's no rush to finish a game.
Definitely a good buy for someone who likes the traditional version of Scrabble without the hassle of having to get a game board out and find someone else to play!
I bought this just before a 6 hour stint at Madrid airport, thinking it would keep me sane, and to be honest I was right. It's basically the same as the classic board game, and you can play against a number of different characters, ranging from mildly stupid to word wizard! There is even a timed option if you want to keep it quick. You can just play a quick game, or if you ever get stuck in an airport you can try playing the tournament - head to head against different opponents in different locations.
If you get bored of scrabble there are a couple of other little games on their too, including a word-finding game and an anagram game.
Basically it is a good little game - extensive playing could get a little boring, but it keeps your brain active and is a surprisingly fun way of passing time.
My husband bought this game for my DS (after I'd mentioned I wanted it when I'd read someone's excellent review here on Dooyoo...) when we found out I would be going into hospital to be induced with our second child. We'd heard nasty stories of people being induced and that it takes days for your labour to get going etc, so we thought this would keep me entertained - hmmm - being induced worked straight away for me, I was in and out within a day and didn't have time to play on my new game!
Anyway, since coming home I have had plenty of opportunities to play, even with a toddler and a newborn. Although half the time I have to prise it away from my husband who is addicted, and I thought he was illiterate!
So, onto the game:
When you turn it on there are two profiles available where you can add your name and change your avatar (picture). There's also a junior mode which you can select on your profile which prevents naughty words being used by your opponents.
When you go into your profile another menu pops up which has Quick Game, Other Games, Career, Mulitplayer & Options.
Quick Game speaks for itself - you can just have a quick game of scrabble against your choice of opponent (depending on how many you have unlocked). You can also play against 1, 2 or 3 players at once. There are various modes you can select to alter the gameplay - classic (normal scrabble) or duplicate, where all players play simultaneously on the same draw, and only the best word is placed on the board. You can also add a time limit to the turns.
Other Games are Anagrams, Escaletters, & Puzzleletters (the latter two are unlocked once you have scored a certain amount of points on Anagrams).
With Anagrams you are given 5 letters, and told the number of possible words available. I find it quite frustrating because a lot of the anagrams are words that I have never heard of and find myself trying random mixtures of the 5 available letters to see if they form a word!
Escaletters is quite similar to anagrams in that you have to find a word made from the available letters. But it starts with a three letter word, then they add another letter and you have to make a word, then they add another letter etc etc. The max is 6 letters, and you are told how many available solutions there are. This is also frustrating in the same way as Anagrams.
Puzzleletters is a lot more fun. Here you are given a board full of letters, and it looks a lot like a wordsearch puzzle. What you have to do is rearrange the letters to form as many words as you can (4 letters or more). You can only move the tiles by swapping tiles that are next to each other, so if you wanted to move a letter to the other side of the board, it could take you a while.
When you have made a word you highlight it and move onto making more words before the time runs out. Once the time has elapsed you are given a score based on the words you have made, the letters from your words are replaced, and the process starts all over again, and you just keep going until you can't make any more words. As you progress up the levels, some of the letters are frozen so you can't move them, but if you manage to make a word with them you score extra points. I like this game but it can go on for a long time and I end up not making any words on purpose just so it's game over time!
Career - this is where you take part in a scrabble tournament.
The gameplay is much the same as the board game. You have 7 tiles and have to make the best word possible, and obviously the higher the score the better. With each word you place, a little definition scrolls across the top screen, which is quite handy when your opponent is playing random words you have never heard of... You also have the option of changing your tiles or missing a turn if you can't go.
You play against a character until you beat them, and then another character is unlocked. The characters get cleverer with each one you unlock. So far I have only unlocked 3, and I am stuck playing against Emily, who I'm sure makes words up and always seems to have just the right tiles to go on the triple word scores - it is really infuriating.
My husband is also stuck on this one as well and I often hear him swearing at the DS... However, this has not prevented either of us from playing this game and there's often a tussle to get to it on an evening once the kids are in bed. Sometimes I feel like a child again when I had to take turns with my brothers on the Spectrum!!!
You also have the option to save a game if you are doing really well but need to stop playing for a bit for whatever reason.
Multiplayer - this is so you can link up with another DS and play against them. There is no option for 2 people to play against each other on the same DS which I thought was a bit disappointing seeing as though my husband and I have found something we both enjoy doing, and I would love to kick his ass.
Options - in here you can adjust the volume and style of the board.
So, my conclusion is that this is a really good and enjoyable game. It is also really addictive - even if you are not a fan of the original board game (which my husband isn't - he's really surprised me wanting to play on this all the time). It is also quite educational as you find yourself learning new words, that you will probably never EVER have any use for...
I think the prices varies depending on where you look, my husband paid £19.99 from Blockbuster but I'm sure you can get it a lot cheaper.
I bought scrabble interactive 2007 edition for the ds shortly after buying my DS. I absolutely love this game it is fantastic keeps the brain active and I am addicted to scrabble. You can play opponents. When I starting playing I found the opponents available on the game very easy to beat but as time goes on they get harder and harder. I have been trying to beat the same women every night for the past month! Very challenging!
There is a variety of games to play such as classic, duplicate, anagrams or puzzle letters. The only thing you need to remember as it will only accept words that are in the Collins English dictionary! I would highly recommend this game. My daughter (6 years) also likes this game but unfortunately many of the words she wants to use are not in the dictionary!
I bought my copy of this game from amazon i think it was about £12 and i have already had my money's worth. love game would make a great x mas pressie!
I bought this game from Play a few months ago for £11.99 delivered, which I believe is a very good price for the amount of enjoyment I have got out of it. This game seems to sit very well with the touch screen aspect of the DS as you trail your letters with the stylus into their position and can easily change them around.
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Scrabble 2007 for the DS is a great interactive version of the board game. The screen shows the same board as the real game, with the same double and triple word scores and the rules would appear to be the same. You can play a single quick game against the DS, or you can enter championships were you move on to play against better people as you continue to win. The good thing in the Championships is that if you are beaten, you can keep going at that stage without having to play all the lesser players again.
The championship games get extremely difficult and are timed. I have progressed to the third person in the second championship. In a five minute timed game where he can put down seven letter words a number of times with only 5 seconds or so thinking time I don't believe I'll ever beat him.
I have actually learned a lot of new words from playing against the DS such as I now know that aa is a word and that there are words you can play with a Q when you don't have a u. If I ever get a chance to play against real people again at some stage I reckon I'll be able to whip their butts. Another handy item is that a definition of the last word played is scrolled across the top screen.
It is fun and a little addictive as once you are in a championship there is a tendency to want to keep going until you beat your opponent and you will keep saying to yourself I'll just have one more go until you look at the clock and realize two hours have gone by.
The game is totally simple to understand if you have played the board version and can be picked up without checking through the manuals etc.
There are other mini games included Anagrams, escaletters and puzzletters, these are five minute filler games in addition to the scrabble game .
Anagrams - Find as many anagrams as possible in 5 minutes
Escaletters - Create words from the tiles. Each draw a letter is added to the previous word. 3 minutes per game
Puzzleletters Rearrange the tiles to create words (a little like bejewelled)
I feel this game is suitable for 10 years and older and will definitely help to improve your vocabulary and board game skills
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Its easy to start playing no real learning curve
The games are normally completed quickly, particularly the timed ones
Helps to increase vocabulary
Educational for younger members of the family
Will improve your scrabble board game scores
Definition of last word played scrolls across the top screen
You can hit the screen to zoom in on a particular area
You can play against a real person using wi-fi
You can move the tiles around to try for words before putting them near the board
It's addictive (don't sit down for a quick game and leave anything on the stove it will burn)
The championship gets really hard really fast
You have to move around to see the whole screen
You need another DS to play against a real person
To anyone with a DS who enjoys scrabble - get this game. I've just checked on Amazon and its only £9.98 -- bargain
Scrabble 2007 edition is a great version of this popular board game. There are many different options within the game you can play on your own or against computer generated opponents. You can also hook up and play against over people that have a DS. There are other puzzles within the game and they are variant difficulty.
You can begin a tournament and you play against computer generated opponents and they are of all different levels. One is particularly hard to beat and has caused me many stressful games, lol.
It is fun to play and you will spend hours trying to beat them opponents it is must for all scrabble fans.
The only thing that would make the game better was if there were more players loaded on to the game and they got better slowly. The game does jump from easy to beat to damn impossible! Have fun with your purchase.