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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scrabble GO is a free-to-play competitive word game available for download on iOS and Android based mobile devices. Players compete against other players in classic Scrabble matches, using a collection of tiles to create words on a crossword-like board. The game also includes a few other word games that open up at certain times for tournament play. Scrabble GO can help to expand players' vocabularies with its use of different words and by challenging players to pull from their own word knowledge. Although the game itself is an all ages experience, even filtering out profanity and offensive words in matches, online chat features could still open younger players up to offensive and inappropriate language.
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What's it about?
SCRABBLE GO brings the brain teasing, vocabulary testing fun of the classic Scrabble game to mobile devices. Players can brush up on their Scrabble skills against the computer in one on one, head to head Practice mode, and learn to make use of unique power-ups that can change the course of a match. Then, when you're ready, you can challenge friends to a fun game or pit your wordplay against others from around the world to earn your spot at the top of the leaderboards. Players can choose turn-based matches of the classic Scrabble game, ranking up in levels and earning perks like customized tiles, or try out one the four new word games, including the ever-changing Word Drop, the letter scrambling Tumbler, or fast-paced Duels and Rush mode. You can follow your progress in your profile, checking out stats such as average score, longest words, and more to see your skills improve over time. Remember, spelling out a victory is just one tile away.
Is it any good?
Sometimes there are games that are good enough on their own, but seem to get carried away with extras. Scrabble GO is one of those games. The classic Scrabble game is fun, and the additional Word Drop and Tumbler games are pretty good too. The games are easy to dive into and play, because they challenge players' skills without ever feeling frustrating. And even the power-ups, which seem to be a little too much of a crutch in some matches, don't feel overly outrageous. In fact, if Scopely had left things at that, Scrabble GO would be a great, fun game for friends and family. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Most of the game's problems stem from its ridiculously aggressive push for social gaming. While it's fun to connect and have a casual game, especially with those you know, Scrabble GO is constantly trying to push players to start multiple matches against multiple complete strangers. All of these invasive pop-ups are patchworked together throughout the game's menus as well. Trying to navigate through the social media clutter to do anything is a complete mess. Making matters even worse, these pop-ups listing out available challengers even interrupt ongoing matches in between turns. It doesn't help that some of these random strangers aren't exactly "kid friendly" in their behavior. There's a fair amount of nastiness showing up from time to time in the game's chat, whether it's sore losers (or even sore winners) spewing venom or other forms of inappropriate conversation. The result ends up being that the more you play Scrabble GO with others, the less you actually want to play Scrabble GO with others.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about learning through gaming. What are some of the ways that games can help to teach kids important knowledge and skills?
How can playing against real world opponents provide a better experience than against a computer controlled one? What are some things kids and parents should be on the lookout for when playing in an online environment with strangers?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
Hobbies: board games
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, strategy
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 8, 2020
- Category: Board Games
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 236.60 MB
- Publisher: Scopely
- Version: 1.21.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or higher; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: April 14, 2020
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