A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Words With Friends 2 is a word game that tests players' spelling and language skills. It's simple to learn and play, with tutorials and FAQs for people who have questions. The game is free, although users can purchase a few additional features that can help them improve their performance. Content is generally kid-friendly, but there's a chatting feature that could put kids in contact with people they don't know, and there's no way to prevent kids from seeing ads on game boards and in between moves.
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What's it about?
In WORDS WITH FRIENDS 2, players earn points for creating words using tiles that each contain a letter in this Scrabble-like game. They can play matches against random opponents or against fictional characters like author Mary Shelley; for an additional challenge, they can opt for team-based lightning rounds or play someone with a similar skill level. Gamers can collect themed badges by completing weekly challenges, such as earning 100 points, and can also see a detailed breakdown of their scores, the longest word they've played, and other stats.
Is it any good?
This word game offers a fun, fast-moving playing experience with a variety of options to keep you engaged from round to round. This includes lightning round challenges, where you're teamed up with a random group of players; matches where you can choose to face off against bots; and games that pair you with a player who has equivalent skills. The chatting ability raises some concern: You can block users but can't disable the chat feature. There's also no way to turn off the full-screen ads that pop up fairly frequently as you play, unless you've purchased a previous version of Words With Friends. Aside from that, though, the game is well-designed, with a consistently good pace, and it provides some pretty appealing ways for players to strengthen their vocabulary, spelling, and logic skills. Players will need to come up with (and possibly readjust) a strategy to effectively place the letters they're given on the colored tiles on the board that offer extra points. They can instantly get a definition of a word they don't know by tapping on it, and can also confirm they're spelling words correctly with an in-game tool. Many of the matches offer a chance to customize difficulty level and speed; players can also test out a word and, if they decide it isn't ideal, take all the letters back and try again. Little touches like that, and the ability to shuffle the order your lettered tiles appear in at the bottom of the screen to help jog word ideas, really enhance the playing experience. In addition, to prevent games from stalling out, you're automatically resigned from a match if a random opponent doesn't make a move within five days -- another plus that should help ensure that gamers remain interested in playing Words With Friends 2 over and over again.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time. How much time is too much? What limits can you decide together are best?
The game encourages kids to know a fair number of words. How can you use this app to expand your vocabulary? What is the last word you came across that was unfamiliar?
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