A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: $7.99
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Release date: April 8, 2010
- Category: Board Games
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 1.3.14