Scramble With Friends

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Addictive word game safer to play with your own friends.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to process chaotic information, finding words in a series of 16 random letters as they race through rounds in Scramble With Friends. The app can also help improve spelling and build vocabulary, but since the words are completely out of context and you can't look up meanings in the app, the app's ability to help build vocab is limited. Kids also engage in social activity via the "With Friends" aspect of the app -- they can connect with Facebook friends and other contacts to play. Scramble With Friends is fast-paced fun with lots of spelling practice, a dash of vocab, and plenty of socializing.

Ease of Play

The game is very easy to grasp. The difficulty comes in forcing your mind to look in nontraditional places to find words.


Players may choose to play words relating to violence, but there is no violence in the app itself.


Players may choose to play words relating to sex, but there is no sexual content in the app itself.


Some of the words allowed in the game are surprisingly iffy. "S--t" is acceptable, for example. Also, chat is unmoderated and can't be turned off, so it is possible to be exposed to offensive language from an opponent.


The free version of the game includes ads and encourages (but doesn't force) players to purchase additional tokens, which are used to pay for each turn or buy additional power-ups (one is free). It's possible to play without buying them, but it can be frustrating. The paid version replenishes tokens faster, but still offers an option to buy more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players may choose to play words relating to drinking, drugs, or smoking, but there is none of this content in the app itself.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scramble With Friends is a word puzzle game in the tradition of Boggle. Players must find words from a collection of 16 onscreen letters; some iffy words are accepted in the game. You can play against random opponents, and messaging between two players is unmoderated. You can also play against Facebook friends, Twitter followers, or people in your contacts. The game comes in both a free and paid version. The paid version replenishes tokens, which are required for games and bonuses, much quicker.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytmarie197 April 12, 2012


I love the game, but they rip you off. I paid for the ad free version, and it locked up on me so I removed it from my phone and when I went to put it back on, t... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous February 3, 2012

Quick and addictive

The rounds of this game are pretty quick, in the style of Bejeweled Blitz or Zuma Blitz. It is a fast way to play a game with your teens.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMiranda B. February 25, 2012

Fun brain game mixes good time with self-education!

This game allows children and adults alike to think outside the box when brainstorming words to play. It is easily accessible and helps educate people in findin... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bypinktea4 February 20, 2012


Great game nothing bad unless your childs choose bad words.

What's it about?

Taking turns with another player (online friends or random opponents), kids string together adjoining letters to create words on the Boggle-like board in Scramble With Friends. While kids might find a few words that are spelled out left to right, they'll also have to search diagonally and in a grid pattern, zigzagging across the screen to produce words. They can use word length and each letter's point value to maximize scores. Rounds are two minutes, and after three rounds the player with the higher score wins.

Is it any good?

Picking up SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS can be really bad for your productivity. And we say that in the nicest way possible. Taking a page from the classic board game Boggle and another from Words With Friends, this spelling game is addictive, entertaining, and wonderfully social. It can also be tricky if you have trouble making order out of chaos. The 16 letters on screen can taunt you as you search for words -- especially those that are more than three or four letters. Playing the game with friends from your Facebook or Twitter adds a degree of fun, since you're playing with friends, not strangers (it also adds a degree of safety). The free version is as fun as the paid version, but if you're planning to have several games going at once -- and you likely will before too long -- cough up the money for the paid version. It will save you money in the long run. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Play the game with your kids, since it is, by design, a two-player title.

  • After playing rounds with your kid, look at the word lists. Did either of you learn new words? Encourage kids to look up words they spelled out but don't know the meaning of.

App details

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For kids who love working with words

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