Score points by creating words out of letter tiles, and placing them on a grid to form a crossword.
Type: Board Game
Players: 1 - 2 Players
Game Time: 1hr to several days
Developer or Designer: Mattel
Publisher: EA Swiss Sarl
Can play multiple games at once
Can leave a game while waiting for your opponent to have his turn
Teacher mode helps find higher scoring words
Can have to wait a long time for opponent to have his turn
Need an internet connection to play against the computer
The first time you open up the Scrabble
app, you will be taken through a brief tutorial. You have the choice to play against other people online or against the computer.
While learning the ropes, I decided to play against the computer first, but was frustrated to find that it required an internet connection despite not using any online features.
Depending on how good you are, you can set the skill level to easy, intermediate, or hard. Whatever your skill level, you can always improve with help from the teacher. Once you have played your word, the teacher will show you if there was a place where you could have scored higher. Not only does this teach you new words, but also makes you think more before submitting.
Valid words are based on three different English dictionaries, and you can choose which one to use. For example, Collins is for UK English, while there is one for American English, and one that prohibits swear words. There are also several foreign language dictionaries too. If you are unsure of a word, you can check, by typing it into the search box.
As well as classic Scrabble, there are other variations you can play, such as the first to 75/150 points, or the person to score the highest after a certain number of rounds. There is also a pass and play mode, where you can play with someone else in the room by passing round the tablet.
When playing against people online, there is a useful feature that allows you to leave the game and start another match while your opponent has his/her turn. This means that you don't have to stare at a screen waiting for ages for them to have their go. If your opponent takes more than forty-eight hours to have their turn, then you can give them a nudge to remind them. If after another forty-eight hours they have still not played, then they forfeit the match, and you win.
This format of playing may not be for everyone. While it does mean you don't have to commit yourself to hours of play (you might not have that long to spare), it does disrupt gameplay quite a bit. By having to keep returning after long periods of time, some of the fun is lost. But that's why you have the option to play against the computer.
Overall, Scrabble for the Android is an excellent game. It has modes to suit all preferences. My main gripe is the relentless adverts that you get bombarded with. After practically every turn, the screen takes you to either a picture or video advert, which is extremely infuriating.