What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- developing novel solutions
- time management
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
This spelling game is addictive, entertaining, and wonderfully social. It can also be tricky if kids have trouble making order out of chaos. Playing with friends from Facebook or Twitter adds to the fun.
While the app can help improve spelling, it'd not a big help in building a vocabulary, since the words are completely out of context. After each round, though, players see lists of the words from the round, offering exposure to new words.
Kids can play against random opponents, with messaging between players. Kids can also play against Facebook friends, Twitter followers, or people in their contacts lists.
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.
Families can talk 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.