Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Classic word game plus extra modes and a full dictionary.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

This game encourages language development through playing a game.


This is a video game extention of the classic Hasbro Scrabble game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though rated "E" by the ESRB, Scrabble may be too challenging for players under 10. This pocket-sized edition of the beloved (and ubiquitous) game, encourages vocabulary development.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydenaja March 24, 2009


Kid, 10 years old January 9, 2011

great vocabulary builder for all

love it because it helps to force me to practice new words in my schoolwork.
Teen, 13 years old Written byHils February 20, 2010

What's it about?

SCRABBLE, from Electronic Arts, brings the classic word-building board game, which is available in dozens of editions and played both in living rooms and in high-stakes tournaments, to the Nintendo DS and PSP. The game makes an easy transition into the electronic format with almost no change in the fundamental look, feel, and play of the original. The reason is that Scrabble is elegantly simple, endlessly challenging, and consistently fun.

This pocket-sized package contains the original or \"Classic\" game, complete with a very cool dictionary feature that confirms (or denies) that your play is an actual word and gives the definition. There's also a speed mode and a new variation called \"Slam\" that using cards. Also included is a tutorial, training, and minigames.Plus, up to four DS owners can play via Wi-Fi.

Is it any good?

As sophisticated as the game engine and range of play modes are in Scrabble, there's simply no substitute for hanging out with friends and family playing face to face. But for travel and times when there's no opponent available, this reassuringly familiar and mentally challenging game will please any player (and parent).

It's also noteworthy that Scrabble is available on Face Book and at for free. Though these online games don't offer the variety of training and modes, they can satisfy the casual Scrabble player.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about new words they've discovered playing Scrabble. They can also discuss whether some of the high-scoring words they've used in the game are applicable in any other situations. Would you ever actually use some of these crazy, consonant-heavy constructions?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP, Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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