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By Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Great Scrabble clone, but open chat makes it for teens.

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Two features make this app shine in the crowded field of Scrabble clones: the dictionary you can use to look up words after they've been played (so you're learning the definition instead of just trying to find your highest scoring word) and the remix option. Remix is appealing for people who want to play quickly and rack up points and adds a dose of luck with the hidden 50 point tile. In normal play, the rules in KALIMAT are more similar to Scrabble than they are in Words with Friends, which is nice for players accustomed to that 50 point bonus for playing all seven tiles. For teens and adults ready to handle the privacy issues, the integration with multiple game networks gives them a huge number of potential opponents, and it's neat to be able to challenge your friends to match your specific achievements. Having a pass and play option is also a nice alternative to all of the networks and makes this a good choice for families who like to play word games together on one device.

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