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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.