Spellstacker

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Game has fun twists but lets you chat with strangers, cheat.

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Ease of Play

The app is easy to use, but true ease of play depends entirely on your opponent's skill level -- and whether or not that opponent has purchased any cheats.

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The "gift shop" allows you to spend real money on bonus items that essentially help you cheat in the game, such as a slower timer and extra letter tiles. It also sells aesthetic improvements, such as fancy tile sets and a somewhat silly "tile cleaner" so you can polish your virtual tiles as they get smudged (which they will).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spellstacker is a Scrabble-like word game intended for two players. Multiplayer games can occur in three ways: Two players using the same device, two pre-selected "friends" playing online, or two randomly chosen strangers playing online. In an online game, whether it's with a friend or stranger, live text chat can take place. Common Sense Media does not recommend unmoderated chat for children. Also be aware that the app offers many ways to spend real money, much of it on bonus items intended to help you cheat.

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Kid, 12 years old December 13, 2010

great app

ok for a app but their are some words that is a little difficult to spell

Is it any good?

At first glance, SPELLSTACKER may seem like a Scrabble clone, but this game changes things up quite a bit. For one thing, you can stack tiles on top of one another, changing words instead of just adding on to them. Bonus spaces, such as ones that multiply a word's score, shift around the board randomly on each turn, forcing you to constantly alter your strategy. There's also an optional timer to keep games moving swiftly. All of this is good, but there are other aspects of Spellstacker that are a bit iffier. The "gift shop" sells bonus items that give you a sneaky upper hand against your opponents. Since you need to buy these cheats with real cash, the app essentially favors players who can afford to spend money. This puts a somewhat sour aftertaste on what is otherwise a very nicely designed word-game app.

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