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      14.10.2012 00:29
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      A good little game to play with your friends.

      I've always been a fan of more intelligent games be they board games or the computer variety, so when I came across people in work playing words with friends on their iPads or smart phones I just had to download it and see what all the fuss was about. Words wi friends in a game develop by Zynga mobile and is basically scrabble by another name. There's a free version available which exults in an advert popping up after every move, or a advert free version costing £1.49. Now it has to be said the adverts can be tolerated by many people, however I hate them on any game or website so I definitely recommend paying the small price to get the advert free version. The game is available on iPad, iPhone or on android, but I play on the ipadversion as the screen is large enough for my poor eyes to see it properly! As I said the game is basically scrabble and it works by logging in through Facebook and playing against your friends on there. Once you are logged in, you won't have to log in again, and you can invite your friends through it or choose to play against a random opponent if you so desire. You can also chat using the game which can be interesting if you are playing a random opponent. You can also choose to accept or decline game invites as they come in, and there is also a pass and play option to play against your friends in the same room by simply passing the iPad around. The game plays exactly like scrabble, with th first word being played straight through the Star in the centre of the board, and subsequent words are then played through or from the letters currently on the board. There are a plethora of DL TL TW and DW tiles across the board and they are double and triple letter scores, and double and triple word scores, just like on a regular scrabble board. These are especially important to increase your total, and tactics quickly come into play as quit often playing the longest or most fancy word you can doesn't translate to the highest possible score. Some useful tips to bear in mind are that if you add an 's' to the end of a word you get the points for that whole word, so a smallish word with an s at the end of another doesn't half rack up the points on occasion, and secondly if all else fails, QI is a word, and playing the Q on a double or triple scoring tile will get you a bucket load if you are stuck for only playing one letter! My highest score with one play is currently 104 which I was particularly happy with - no bragging if you have scored more please :) you also get a 35 point bonus if you can play a word using all 7 of your tiles, so this is worth bearing in mind particularly at the start of a game when the whole board is free for you. The game itself ends when all of the tiles have been used up. The player who plays their last tile first gets a bonus score of the remaining tiles in the opponents hand added and the winner is unsurprisingly the player who has the highest score at the end. One of my major bug bears of this game has to be that there is no facility to give you or your friends a win loss record, so it's hard to decide whether to accept random requests as you are unsure of the quality of the opposition. In addition I am quite competitive and generally win more than I lose, so I would like this record kept. There are other nice little touches to the game such as if you shake your iPad the tiles shuffle around which sometimes helps to highlight a word if you are really struggling to find one. In addition you can skip your go, or choose to swap some of your tiles if they are really bad, but you lose your go if you do this. The graphics on this game are functional if not superb. The board is very clear and the tiles very scrabble like so in that case it does it's job we'll. Setting up the games from the menu button is. Wry straightforward too so no real complaints on that score. Sound effects are slightly poor, with a sort of fan fair noise when a word is played. The game will also pop up and remind you when it is your turn, and this is also highlighted with the same da dah sort of noise which can be a tad annoying at times! So to sum this one up, I would say that words with friends is a great game for those who enjoy scrabble and want to get one over on all their mates, especially ones who use unnecessarily long words! It's well worth getting the paid version to avoid the annoying adverts and is more addictive than it seems. The problem of not showing your win loss record is a relatively minor one, and all in all this game is well worth taking a look at. This review may also appear on ciao under my same username.

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        07.03.2012 16:20
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        A nice game

        Intro In days gone by and now forgotten, there once was a game called Scrabble and almost everyone had heard of it or played it. Several other similar games game along, but none could steal the crown of the best word game ever. Now we are in an electronic and Internet age and the games now are way more advanced than we could have imagined when Scrabble first appeared on the shelves. So it comes as no great surprise that I have become fixated with something I sore I would not do, a Facebook game. Words with Friends The android version of words with friends is a free download so that you can play against your friends anywhere anytime anyplace. Not so sure that's a good idea really but it is a game I've become fixated with. I just want to beat all the friends and relatives I play with as I did all those years ago with Scrabble. Words with friends however is NO Scrabble, it is a kind of Scrabble clone that never quite made it, this said though it is very addictive and you just can't help wanting the whip up that magical word to bamboozle your friends. The basic layout of Words with friends is similar to Scrabble in so much that it is a board game with a familiar looking board. The double words and letters are not in the same places as Scrabble but they are there as are the trebles. You start with seven tiles of a bright yellow colour and each tile is rated with a point system. The rating is printed on each tile so as you are aware of each tiles value.So you've got the Words with friend's board, the Words with friend's tiles, what next..................you play Scrabble, you try to score as high as you can by strategically placing your created words on the board forming a crossword pattern as you go. All words must link to tiles previously laid down. Once you've created the wining word hit send and wait for your friend to make their move. There is NO time limit you can take days to make your move should you wish, so some games can last well over a month in playing which is quite good if you are playing a lot of friends at once. The treble and double score word squares are placed more dangerously on the Words with friends board since you can get a doubl double word quite easily so the tactics are very important. It's a vamped up version of the best game ever so it was always going to be a very popular choice with all those on Facebook with whom you can play. Being that the Android version is simply a stand alone version there is no need to be on Facebook to play although you must log in in order to play. Logging in is only required for the first time after that it logs you into Facebook automatically and downloads moves made by friends, leaving you with a nice screen telling you the status of each game you are playing. Summary It's glorified Scrabble without the glorification, it's been hyped up by Facebook, but it is still a great game and one I play daily against several friends. It doesn't have the grace or finesse of Scrabble its as rugged as they come, it's a child of the net, but it is very good fun to play.

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          24.02.2012 09:38
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          A great game for your smartphones

          Words with friends is a game that is available via the app store. I have downloaded the game onto my iphone however it is also available on android and can be played online on face book. This review focuses on the iphone version of the game. Words with friends follows the basic principles of Scrabble. You are given 7 letter tiles in order to create a word which is to be placed on the game board. Each letter is worth a different amount and as with Scrabble there are various ways to earn extra points on the board; double letter score, double word, triple letter and triple word. If you simply cannot make a word with the tiles that you have chosen you have the options to pass to the next player, shuffle your tiles or swap a tile. These options will take your turn. What I like about words with friends is that it can be played with friends but also with different people from all over the world. You have the following options when creating a new game: add a facebook friend, find a random opponent, search players by username, search your contact list or pass and play with whoever you are with. Even when you select to find a random opponent I have found that the game does this very quickly and you do not have to wait for long, the longest I have waited for is about a minute. Games on words with friends can go on for a small amount of time or for days. I prefer to play when I am bored and get a game over and done with however you can chose to get notifications when your opponent has played a word and this can make the game go on for however long you want. The graphics and controls of the game are simple but effective. The screen is clear and you are able to click and drag on the letter tiles easily. You can get the free version of this game from your specific app store or you can pay £1.99 for the full version. I have found that the free version provides me with everything I need to play this game and have fun. I really enjoy this game but as I said earlier I like to play the game all at once so I can get annoyed when my opponent does not take their turn straight away, inpatient I know but when I am playing the game it generally means I have nothing else to do. This is a great game to pass the time and I would highly recommend it to anyone who like me loves a good word puzzle. --also on ciao--

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            08.01.2012 13:54
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            A free iphone, ipad application (game) which can be played with friends or strangers

            Words with friends is a similar to Scrabble and is free to download from the Apple store. You can be play it with Facebook friends, strangers or alone. When playing with strangers I found that some times they'd be large gaps between goes. If this happens and you're playing on an apple device then 'Words with friends' sends an audible signal to alert you that it is your go. You can play more than one game at a time. I wouldn't play too many at once. People will become inpatient. Games can take days if you just pop on every so often when it is your go or if the other person has disppeared out or maybe gone to bed! ::: The game ::: As I said the game is similar to Scrabble and is so is the board. The first player must start at the star. You each get seven letters and the aim is to make words that adjoin the others words already placed on the table, scoring the highest amount possible. Some letters will be worth more on certain squares on the board these are identified by initials such as DL meaning double letter the same goes for a double word DW. You can shuffle your seven letters, sometimes you can make words easier if your brain processes them in a different order. You can also swap letters but that will result in you having to forfeit a go. Different letters are worth different points just like scrabble. All the letters are on yellow squares with black print the board has pale grey slots to place your tiles on and the bonus letter and words buttons are green, red blue and orange. The buttons to submit your go, shuffle letters, swap letters and the more options buttons are at the very bottom of the page in blue with white writing (great contrast!). ::: The negatives ::: The most annoying thing about the game is the pop up adverts but I guess that is how they keep the game as freeware. You can select to skip the advert which I do nine times out of ten. They pop up everytime you've taken your go! Another aspect you need to consider is that games such as this are open to cheats people can use software that will create words for them. I personally don't see the point. If you can't win fairly why play at all? I wonder if a time limit would help eliminate this... ::: Overall ::: If you like freebies, have patience and love word games. I'd highly recommend 'Words with friends'. It does have bad points as discussed above but its free so its not like it's a waste of money just maybe a waste of time for some! Give it a go and you never know you might like it too and I might end up playing against you!

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              01.11.2011 21:38
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              A great scrabble game to play with your online friends.

              Words With Friends (or WWF as it shall henceforth be known) is an application for iPhone or iPod touch from Zynga games. Zynga are well known for games on Facebook and have a good number of apps available. WWF is basically the same as scrabble. The board layout is the same, with the usual double word/letter and triple word/letter scores and the letter tiles have the same points values as in scrabble. Once you install it and begin to play, you tap a tab to allow you to see which of your Facebook friends has played WWF and you can begin a game with them. You can also play against a random player online or a person who is actually physically next to you playing on the same device. There is also a tab to tap to invite people on Twitter to play but I don't tend to use this, I look to see who's playing out of my Facebook friends; hence the name Words With Friends. The game plays just like Scrabble; each player has 9 letter tiles and you have to make words out of them scoring the highest points possible. You tap and drag the letter tiles into place on the game board and they click easily into the grid. The letter tiles can be rearranged on each players tile holder so that you can easily create words before your move. Once you have had your turn, at the top of the screen will be a little summary of that move, for example 'Joe Bloggs played SAUSAGES for 20 points' and the new word on the board is highlighted to enable each player to see it clearly. Once you've used some of your letters, new letters are automatically given to you. There is a limit to the number of tiles as in Scrabble and the number of remaining tiles can be seen at the bottom of the screen. Should you be unable to take your turn you can either pass or choose to swap as many tiles as you like (as long as there are tiles left) and you will forgo your turn. There is a shuffle button which is useful as it allows you to shuffle your letter tiles ad infinitum helping you to see words which you might not have noticed previously. Once you've had your go, a notification is sent to your opponent to let them know it is their turn. You can set these notifications to be 'pushed' to your iPhone or iPod touch so they pop up on your screen when they happen but this can eat up your battery's energy levels. It seems that WWF uses an American English dictionary as some spellings of words are not accepted while others are. Words which should be accepted sometimes aren't such as Rome for example. If you try and submit a word which is not allowed, it will say so on the screen and show the words which isn't valid. This can help you to remember which words are accepted and which aren't. A game can last for days as it all depends on how often each player checks to see if it's their turn and makes their move. If you have no moves to make you can resign the game, making the other player the winner. Also, if one of the players takes too long to make their move (I think it's about 14 days), they lose the game and you win. At the end of each game you have the option to have a rematch with that player. The game is very addictive and I have about 10 games on the go at any one time. It is a free app and so even if you don't enjoy it, you haven't wasted any money so everyone's a winner!

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                You don't need to all sit in the same room to play scrabble anymore!

                Words With Friends is an iPhone Application that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store on your phone or via Itunes on your computer. The game is available both as a free version or for £1.99 --The Cost-- Why would anyone pay for the game if it is available for free? you may wonder. Well, although the game itself is exactly the same when paid for the only difference is that it does not contain advertisements throughout the game. I at first got the free version to see if I would like it and how often I would play it, and then I found the adverts pretty annoying as they pop up after each move. When I bought the game many months back.. it was priced at only 59p - but a quick look at the app store again tells me it has now increased to £1.99. To be fair, this is probably due to the popularity of the app and how it has now increased with a lot of users. --What is Words With Friends??-- Words With Friends is a multi-player word game, although it has a different title and is made by different people.. it is exactly the same as the word game Scrabble. Each player has 7 letters on a rack, and with them 7 letters you have to make a word to place on the board. The board contains squares of double word score boxes, triple word score boxes, double letter score boxes and triple letter score boxes. Although this may seem like a lot.. they are spread apart over the board which also contains plain empty squares.. and so when playing you find yourself thinking more on where to place your letters to earn the best points. Each letter in the game represents a number value, for example vowels are worth 1 point, letters such as C and F are worth 4 points, X is worth 8 points and the letters Q and Z are worth 10 points. You also have blank letters which is an empty tile where you can choose what letter you would want it to be, this is handy when struggling to make a word - however the blank tile has no number value. Each letter is given to you at random and you have no idea what letters you are going to get on your rack, everytime you use a letter a new one is given to you until all letters are given out. At the bottom of the rack when it is your turn there are options to pass to the other player, so if you can't make a word you can pass your turn, shuffle the letters on your rack if it may help you find a word, swap a letter from your rack for a new one at random (this takes up a turn) or resign the game. There is also a chat window in the game so you can write to the player you are playing with for free, this is handy and fun. There are options to play the game with a random opponent, so you can find anyone else who has the app stored and play with them, to search an opponent by their username (I play with my friends and simply ask what their username is to create a game), you can choose a friend by your contact list on your phone or connect to facebook and play with your facebook friends. The game stores the last 10 games you have played and if you are playing a friend you can simply just click 'rematch' to start a new game, this saves time from entering their username each time. Furthermore you can play more than one game at a time whether with the same player or a range of players. You also dont have to play a full game, you can take your turn whenever it suits you and the game can be played over hours or even days depending on when both players take their turn. If you haven't taken a turn within 7 days the application reminds you of your game and states to take your turn soon or the game will be resigned. Overall it's a very fun and highly addictive game. I've encountered no problems when downloading or playing this app and have no regrets to upgrading for the paid version. If you do download the free version and later decide to upgrade, you do not have to wait to finish off your games as it takes everything over the paid app without making any changes or losing any data. --Final Thoughts-- I give this app 5/5 stars due to its well design, easy user navigation and play, and being a highly addictive game. I would recommend downloading the free version first to see whether you would want to play it often and if you enjoy it. There are also other games like scrabble and even scrabble itself available on the app store but I found the reviews are not as good as Words With Friends and that this app contains more users to play with and is more popular than the other apps due to being able to play with friends as well as random opponents.. and not having to play a full game at once. Therefore I would recommend this app over similar ones available. As multi-player word games go.. this one is well worth downloading and can be downloaded on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. I'm not sure about the android market but it's well worth having a look. Thanks for reading my review! :)

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                  10.08.2011 23:24
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                  If you like Scrabble then I definitely recommend giving this a go!

                  Words With Friends is a game available on the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPods. It was originally only available on these devices but has since been brought out for Androids too and on the Android marketplace. As you can probably guess by the name, it is a word game, but a better way to describe this is Scrabble. It is exactly the same game and everyone knows the basic rules of scrabble. The only difference is that Words With Friends allows you to play with friends, or any random person in the world who at that time is also searching for a 'random opponent' to play with. I bought this game when I first got my iPhone almost two years ago, I think it had just came out then too. The reason why I bought it was because of the great reviews it had on the App Store. It had 5 stars at the time, it now has 4 and a half. There are two versions, the paid for one which is the one I own, which I'm pretty sure cost me £1.29 at the time, but it has since gone up to £1.49 as Apple have recently increased the prices of all the apps. The app is made by Newtoy Inc. who have also developed Chess with Friends and Hanging with Friends. I have never tried Chess with Friends as I have never been good at Chess so it didn't appeal to me for this reason. I have bought Hanging with Friends though, however I am still getting the 'hang' of it, you can expect a review on that one soon! The other version available is the free one. The reason why it is free is because it contains adverts. I usually try out the free version of the app before purchasing the paid for one, to see if I like it first. However, as I had just bought my iPhone I was new to all the apps and didn't actually realise there was a free version until after I had paid for the other. I do not mind though as I love the game and have played it ever since, so I have got my moneys worth. My boyfriend also has an Android phone and when the game first came out for that phone, they only released the free version while testing it out. When having a go of the game on his phone the advertisements really annoyed me, they always popped up after you just made your move. Some may not find this annoying if you only play the game occasionally, but if like me and you are slightly addicted to it and play it whenever you get the chance, you will probably want the ad-free version. What I love about this game is that you are actually playing real people, and not the computer. When its your turn to make your move you can get a notification that pops up on your phone to let you know. I had to turn this off after a while as I have so many games on the go at once that my phone was constantly alerting me that it was my turn. I have now made it so that my phone just vibrates once, but it doesn't light up with anything, then I know its for Words with Friends. You can have as many games on the go at the same time as you like. There used to be a limit of 10 but they changed this some time ago, they are always releasing updates for the game. You can play with friends who you know also have the app by searching for their username and inviting them to start a game, or you can search for friends on Facebook or Twitter through the app to see who you have added on there, that also plays the game. I tend to just search for a random opponent and start a game as it never takes long to find an opponent, sometimes only a few seconds. At the end of the game you can also invite that person for a re-match, so you can continue to play the same person all the time. It is very easy to make friends whilst playing this game as there is a chat service so you can talk to each other while playing the game. I love this app and even after two years I am still addicted. The only time I stopped playing it was when they were updating the game and it didn't work for a while. I had to resort to playing Scrabble, the proper version by EA for the time being, but I don't think it was as good and it didn't let you play with other real people, unless you were sitting in the same room as them to pass the device back and forth. I like to go on this on my breaks at work, I will quickly take all my turns then and by the next time I get to go on the game, it's usually my turn again on the majority of the games. It is a very addictive game and if you like Scrabble, then you will definitely like this.

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                    06.07.2011 18:29
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                    A great game for those with iPhones

                    I like to play games on my iPhone, and almost all of the apps I have for games are the free ones, as I don't like to pay for games lol! One of the games I have downloaded recently is called Words with Friends. A friend of mine recommended it to me, as I would be able to play against her on it too. The game is free to download, although you can pay for the ad free version should you wish to. Both versions are available through the App Store, just search for Words With Friends. The game is mady by a well known computer game company called Zynga, who are also the people behind things like Farmville on Facebook. The basic idea of this game is Scrabble. You have to place lettered tiles onto the board to spell out words, and you get points depending on what letters you use each turn, and if you go through special squares, which are Double Word, Double Letter, Triple Word and Triple Letter. If you know how to play Scrabble, then you know how to play Words With Friends. When you download and start the game up, you will be asked to either sign up to an account, or sign in with your facebook account. If you sign in with your facebook account, you will also get to see who else on your facebook friends list plays the game, and you can invite them to play a game against you. If you do not sign into your facebook account through this game, you can pick to play a random opponent, which will be found for you, or you can select an opponent through their player name, if you know it. Once a game has started, you will be asked to place your first word, which has to go through the Star Square in the centre, if you are the first to place a word. Once you have submitted your word, it will then be your opponents turn. You will recieve a notification of when it is next your turn, so you can close the app and not have to worry about checking back for your turn. You can have multiple games on the go, so you can play many different people at the same time. This means I do not get bored of playing the same game with the same person all the time. I really enjoy this game, as I always liked Scrabble as a kid, and this takes out all of the hassle of having to set up a board and get someone to play with, you can play this whenever, wherever, so you will always find someone who is able to play along with you. You also do not have to worry about losing the tiles and no one can cheat, as the game automatically checks every single word you place, and it will not let you submit a word that is not in the English Dictionary, or is against the rules. The colours and graphics of this game are really good, and there are some nice sounds too, although you can turn these off in the settings should you wish to, or just pop your iPhone on silent. I really enjoy playing this game, and I have got a few of my friends playing it too now. Sometimes I get a bit angry at it, as some of the words it allows I am pretty sure are not real words, but I just get on with it. Other than that, there is no problems that I can find and I do find it quite fun to play. This game can provide lots of time of entertainment, and is great as a boredom killer. You do have to deal with an advert popping up after you have submitted each turn, but this is nothing major and I would rather deal with this than having to pay extra just to not see the adverts. If you have an iPhone, then I recommend you get this game right now. You can also get it on some Android phones (not all of them allow it for some reason!) but it is slightly different than the iPhone version. I give this game app a 5 out of 5, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. I totally recommend it, and if anyone would like to play against me, message me fo my user name.

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