Boggle With Friends: Word Game

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Fun of vocab app hampered by open chats, tons of ads.

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Educational Value

Kids will likely discover new words as they play, so they’ll boost their basic vocabulary skills even if they don’t know the meanings of the words. They can easily view their scores and progress over time and get help with power-ups.

Ease of Play

Actual gameplay's easy. The screen's cluttered, making navigation a little challenging.

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Consumerism

Ads are everywhere, and they’re very distracting. Players can buy tickets and tokens as in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Boggle With Friends: Word Game is a digital version of the classic board game developed for iOS and Android devices. Kids create words from an array of random letters. They can play offline against the computer or compete with Facebook friends. There’s a live chat feature that allows kids to openly chat with strangers, so it's best suited for older kids who know how to practice online safety. The game's constantly interrupted by ads with no options to purchase an ad-free version. But, power-ups can be purchased and require the user’s password for the app store. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To start playing BOGGLE WITH FRIENDS: WORD GAME, users enter an email address and then create a game. Several options are available for gameplay. In solo play, kids compete against the computer. Or, they can play live matches with others by searching for a Facebook friend or registered user. Kids can also choose to be randomly matched with someone or join online tournaments with groups of players. To win a match, a player must earn the most points after three timed rounds by creating words from a set of letters. Some letters are worth more points than others, and longer words typically earn the most. Power-ups include tokens and tickets that can be purchased or earned through gameplay and then used to gain advantages like highlighting words and stopping the clock.

Is it any good?

It’s great fun to play against others and strangely rewarding to find words among a random mix of letters, but the constant pop-up ads are annoying and somewhat disruptive. Beating an opponent in Boggle with Friends: Word Game as the clock ticks down will likely keep kids so fully engaged that they won’t even realize they’re learning new words and boosting their vocabulary skills.

The game is fun enough without the power-ups, but they do add a twist that can’t be found in the original version. While ads are somewhat common in free apps, this game is particularly heavy with scrolling banner ads and pop-ups that completely cover the screen. This can be quite distracting for kids and may interfere with gameplay. On the bright side, no ads cover any letters during a match as kids are racing to create words. But it would be nice to see a reasonably priced version that eliminates all ads. It would also be better if the chat didn't allow open conversations with strangers. But overall, the game is a really enjoyable way for family and friends to challenge one another and perhaps learn a few new words to boot.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. Why should you be careful about who you talk with when you're playing Boggle With Friends: Word Game because of the chat feature?

  • Did playing this game encourage you to look for the definition of words you didn't know? Do you think this could enhance or expand someone's vocabulary?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases of token and ticket packages range from $0.99 - $99.99)
  • Release date: April 21, 2020
  • Category: Word Games
  • Size: 227.10 MB
  • Publisher: Zynga Inc.
  • Version: 15.22
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: May 29, 2020

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