Many seniors enjoy playing a game of Scrabble and finding a good android game that both gives them an enjoyable game and has the feature of finding and playing with an online opponent can be tricky. Words with Friends used to be a favourite of mine but I’ve had problems with the latest version and with the annoying ads, so I have come back to playing Wordfeud a game I originally tried a year or so back.
Like Words with Friends you play against an opponent – either one of your friends or a random opponent – and I like that you can turn on notifications when your opponent plays a word as sometimes a game can take many hours. The game notifications run in the background, so you can leave the game and do something else and go back to it when one of your opponents plays a word.
You can have up to 30 games going at once if you are really keen. I struggle with keeping a couple going myself but you might be a more avid scrabbler than me and you can add a random player who gives you a good game to your favourite list.
There is an iPhone version and the developers state the app is cross-platform so you will be able to play with friends who use iPhones or iPads. Like other games of this type, text chat is available in the game so you can question those really ‘out there’ words played by the other player – more about that below – or just have a chat about the weather if you prefer.
Wordfeud Free does have ads of course (most free games do) – they appear after playing a word and you just tap the screen and hit ‘Skip’. Once you become addicted to the game the ad-free version only costs a few dollars and is worth paying for in my opinion.
The only negative I’ve found is that the game dictionary allows some far out words – many are slang and (obscure) abbreviations – and this detracted from the enjoyment of playing the game with opponents that were more interested in maximising their scores than coming up with interesting, longer words. I guess that if you play against a friend you can set the rules to suit and decide to only use words in common use or in a Scrabble dictionary.
Why not try this one out and let us know your thoughts in the comments?
Price : FREE
Size : 3.2Mb
Needs : Android 2.1+