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After playing thousands of games, I’m convinced Scrabble blows Words With Friends out of the water for 3 clear reasons


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Words With Friends is one of the most popular mobile games ever, and is very similar to the game that inspired it, Scrabble.
I’m a nationally ranked tournament Scrabble player, and I can safely say playing Scrabble is way more satisfying than playing Words With Friends.
I prefer Scrabble because it rewards skill over luck, is fairer for both players, and its dictionary won’t cause as many headaches as the one Words With Friends uses.

Words With Friends is one of the most popular mobile games of all time, with around 13 million users playing the word game each month.

Anyone who’s played Words With Friends knows it bears a strong resemblance to Scrabble, the timeless board game that debuted in 1938.

But take a closer look and you’ll see that there are several differences between the two games, from the types of words they allow to the strategies required to win.

I’m especially attuned to these differences. I’ve been playing in Scrabble tournaments across the country since I was 16 years old. I’ve played in two North American Scrabble Championships, and my official ranking places me among the top players in New York City.

I’ve also logged more than 1,000 games in Words With Friends, and although the mobile game has a few advantages to Scrabble’s mobile app — it’s sleeker, has a bigger user base, and has addictive mini-games and challenges on the side — I can safely say that when it comes to the gameplay itself, Scrabble is the superior game by a longshot.

Here’s why.

The Words With Friends dictionary is maddeningly inconsistent

One difference between Scrabble and Words With Friends that isn’t obvious at first sight is the two dictionaries the games use.

Because the Scrabble dictionary is copyrighted by Hasbro, the developers of Words With Friends sourced its words from a public-domain word list called ENABLE, along with a few of its own additions to the dictionary.

Unfortunately, there are some frustrating inconsistencies with the Words With Friends list. It allows you to play “dongle,” for example, but not the plural “dongles.” You’re free to play “vape,” but not “vapes,” “vaped,” or “vaping.” The game allows you to play certain acronyms like “BFF” or “TFW,” but not others like “LOL” and “OMG.”

Any word game is free to use whichever dictionary it chooses, however the inconsistencies in the Words With Friends list make it too unpredictable of a game to enjoy fully.

There’s no 50-point bonus for using all your letters

In Scrabble, if you play a word that uses all seven of your tiles, you earn a 50-point bonus. That play is called a bingo, and for expert Scrabble players, it’s normal to get two or three bingos every game.

Bingos are the key to a sky-high Scrabble score, and Scrabble strategy is built around maximizing your chances of playing one.

In Words With Friends, on the other hand, using all of your letters earns you a 35-point bonus — that’s 15 fewer points.

It may not seem like a huge difference, but …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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