Late to the Party: Words With Friends


Ever since the release of the iTunes app store, I have been a devout Scrabble for iPhone fan. I took pride in having the real deal, even though there were countless other imitators that were available for free. As much as I’ve enjoyed iPhone Scrabble over the years, I’ve never had any friends to play with online. The majority of them aren’t willing to pay, mainly because they were playing Words With Friends. I’ve heard a ton about it, but my elitist ways have led me to ignore the title for years.

That is, until a few weeks ago, when I found out that a large number of my coworkers who had iPhone or Android devices had the game, and were all playing together without me. Though I may be years late to the party, I figured if there was any time to give Words With Friends a shot, it was now.

If you’re not familiar with Words with Friends, let me give you a brief primer. At the time of Scrabble’s launch, it had two things going against it: it wasn’t free and didn’t offer online play. Acknowledging this, Words With Friends came along and filled that void. Way after the fact, EA put out a free version of Scrabble, and also rolled in online play on the paid version, but it was too late. Words With Friends became the go-to mobile word tile game of choice, while beating Scrabble at its own game.

Let’s cut to the chase: Words With Friends is imitation Scrabble. If you’ve played Scrabble before, the only difference you need to adjust to is the placement of the score multiplier tiles. Not a big deal at all. To be fair, there isn’t much that Words With Friends offers anymore that Scrabble doesn’t, but Words With Friends has had the head start, and still offers online play with its free version.

How does it play? It’s awesome. Having the ability to play multiple asynchronous multiplayer matches means you can be playing multiple games with multiple people at your own pace. I’ve had on-going games going with multiple people going for weeks, with no end in sight. This game seems to eat away at my life for a minute at a time, but before I know it, those turns add up throughout the day into an experience that never ends.

If you’re not already playing Words With Friends, you can get it free right now for your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device. Oh yes, I should note that the game allows cross-play between the two devices, which is extra awesome. Grab it now and ask around your circle of friends. I bet your friends will be wondering why you didn’t join them earlier, too.

3 thoughts on “Late to the Party: Words With Friends

  1. Josh August 8, 2011 / 8:56 AM

    I don’t get the fuss, I usually play board games with people anyway so the purpose is kind of defeated but then again it is free so there isn’t much to complain about. Still won’t bother though. I would love to see something like Limbo or Braid on iOS.

    • Jett August 8, 2011 / 7:52 PM

      The fun is that it’s a board game you can play on the go, anytime, anywhere. Get a handful of Words With Friends friends (that was weird), and you’ll have enough action going for a few minutes a day everyday.

      Limbo or Braid would be cool on iOS, though I wouldn’t hold my breath for those on iOS anytime soon.

      • Josh August 9, 2011 / 6:18 AM

        I know but the iOS market is bursting with games that are mostly under whelming and something like Limbo or Braid or even Bastion would mix things up nicely, I can only play so much cut the rope…..

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