Scrabble

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic version of board classic with lots of tools.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary words and spelling as they strategically place their tiles to form words with the highest points. And they'll need to use math to maximize their scores. The Scrabble app is an adaptation of the board game and can be even more enjoyable with its smart, intuitive design and features. A teacher feature can be turned on to recommend the word that would have gotten you the most points after each turn. Kids have the option of playing with friends using Facebook Connect or challenging random opponents. Scrabble improves upon the traditional board game for learning vocab and spelling.

Ease of Play

Electronic Arts left no stone unturned in decking this game out with conveniences. Instantly recall tiles when a word doesn't work out. Rearrange the rack by shaking the phone. The "best word" tool keeps four freebies on hand for when you get stuck. Wonder if you could have done better? Tap Teacher to see what the CPU would have played. The only flaw is that random Facebook matchups take too long to set up.

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The main menu leads to an ad for another good Electronics Arts game, Rock Band.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic game is a great way for kids to build their vocabularies. There's a pass-and-play option for safely playing with friends, or kids can invite friends to play over Facebook with chat. There's also a Facebook random matchup, but before parents OK that option, they'll want to remind kids not to give out personal info. The iPad-only HD version of the app includes additional features such as "Party Play Mode," where you can play with up to four friends, using your iPhone or iPod Touch as a tile rack.

User Reviews

Adult Written bydebora_reports July 12, 2010

Fun for younger kids with parent help

My daughter loves scrabble on the ipad. She is only 6, so I give her clues - put up the first two letters of a word and let her finish it. But it's fun,... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 year old Written bychenziesmomma August 1, 2010

Great for older children and tweens!

I think that this is a great app, it gives children a chance to figure out how to spell without being told. I think that self-directed learning is a great thing...
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 28, 2010
Kid, 10 years old October 23, 2012

Allows swearing

This over all is a good game but you can spell bad words like f#ck and more and it will allow it if you have this app look in the dictionary in the game it says... Continue reading

What's it about?

The Scrabble app is a replica of the board game that's designed for both the avid player and the novice. Players receive a set of seven tiles and place tiles on the board to make words, trying to maximize on the premium squares to beat their opponents. Kids have the option of playing with friends over Facebook or having random matchups. The chat feature allows kids to communicate with other players, so there's an additional social element to the game.

Is it any good?

Scrabble stands out as a truly exceptional games for kids. It's loaded with tools that make coming up with words a fun learning experience. The game makes excellent use of the iPhone's pinch-and-expand finger controls to zoom in and out of the board. Kids can even play and chat with up to three Facebook friends at once.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Play Scrabble with your kids. Add some variety by playing the traditional board game sometimes, and the app other times.

  • Encourage kids to note the words the teacher feature proposes. Do they know the word? If they don't know the word, encourage them to research the meaning.

App details

For kids who love words

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