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Zynga’s Words with Friends will be hitting its fifth anniversary very soon, and to celebrate 7.7 billion games played (and many, many uses of the word “qi” over the past 1800ish days), the game has been refreshed into New Words With Friends – now with some much-requested features.

The most requested feature was Solo Play, which now makes its début in the updated version of the app. Solo play allows players to practice without an Internet connection or direct opponent, with the game adjusting to the level of the player to still provide them with a challenge.

Community Matches, meanwhile, allow players to opt-in, search through a series of profile cards, and find themselves potential new opponents to face off against. Profiles are also new, with stats including high score, number of games completed, and average word score now available to show off to both your friends and recent opponents.

New Words With Friends is available now on the App Store and is worth 99 points free to download.

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Word Cubes Review

Word Cubes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Word Cubes is fine, but it is barely any different from any other word game.

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Word Explorer Review

Word Explorer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Word Explorer is an easy-going word game that lets players collect photographs as they spell out solutions.

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Cross Wars Review

Cross Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Compete for the most squares in this multiplayer based crossword game. Just remember to bring some friends with you.

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Keyword VS. Review

Keyword VS. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keyword VS. is a pleasant way to test vocabulary with friends, strangers, and anyone in-between.

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Letterarium Review

Letterarium Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Letterarium's promising spelling mechanic is crippled by technical issues.

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Word Science Review

Word Science Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words from a series of tiles in this simple yet fun word game.

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Spell Collapse Review

Spell Collapse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With plenty of options for creating huge words, Spell Collapse will appeal to those who want to take their time creating words.

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Charade Parade Review

Charade Parade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Charade Parade is a pretty cool idea that fumbles slightly in one very important area.

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My Robot Friend Review

My Robot Friend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Learn math, a little spelling, and some serious problem solving skills (or just have fun) with this programmable pal. Just don't expect a virtual buddy.

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Word Up Dog Review

Word Up Dog Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help a hip hop puppy dig his way out of certain doom using nothing but bones and the power of spelling.

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Wordchemy Review

Wordchemy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not the most radical spelling game, but a fine one nonetheless.

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Wordbox – Word Puzzle Game! Review

Wordbox – Word Puzzle Game! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Wordbox is a causal word search and spelling game.

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Spell Bubbles Review

Spell Bubbles Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fun if shallow way to learn how to spell in English, but mostly aimed at non-native speakers.

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Word Derby Review

Word Derby Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
I don't know how they did it, but Chillingo's released a racing/word game hybrid that actually feels a lot like a racing game. With words.

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Word Bird Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Spell words using a jumble of letters, collect coins to boost scores, and even unlock new rules to earn even more bank in one dynamite avian word game.

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War of Words Apocalypse Review

War of Words Apocalypse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
War of Words Apocalypse might look like a rehash of an all-too-familiar favorite, but that's just on the surface. Go a little deeper and it becomes a rather hectic battle of cunning, luck, and of course spelling.

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Ordet Review

Ordet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ordet is a simple word game with finely detailed graphics. But are good looks all it has going for it?

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A lot of people enjoy Scrabble. Like a lot. But while the current official iOS rendition is doing okay, it’s been in need of a little tweaking for a while. Well the time for tweaking is nigh.

The list of changes includes a much-improved user interface that not only looks nice but makes setting up matches and finding friends a lot easier. In fact, it makes the act of setting up a game into about as painless a process as I’ve seen yet. The chat features have also been updated, and even include some pretty wacky emoticons. There’s also a rather handy new feature that will allow players to see what other words they might have made with their letters after (emphasis on after) their turn is submitted, which should help to even out the playing field a little for the less spell-savvy while still keeping things fair during multiplayer matches.

However, the most exciting change by far has got to be the cross-platform integration. The Facebook rendition is already available, but once the iOS and Android updates are ready to roll out players will be able to get their spell on across all three platforms. This means PC/Mac users can play against iOS/Android users, and that one user’s account can span multiple devices. So one could play a few rounds on their mobile device, then come home and continue the game on the computer via Facebook. Effectively, just about anyone will be able to play Scrabble with just about anyone else just about anywhere.

Scrabble is already available and is free, but these changes won’t hit until sometime this summer. Do any of these changes have you current players excited? Then chime in below!


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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-15 :: Category: Games

Spellet Review

Spellet Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Spellet combines strategy and action to create a challenging word puzzler.

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Bird’s the Word HD Review

Bird’s the Word HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bird's the Word HD is a fine take on a simple formula.

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Mr. Hat and the Magic Cube Review

Mr. Hat and the Magic Cube Review

"Mr. Hat and the Magic Cube" does a great job creating its own magical world with great 3D animation.

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Magnetic Alphabet for iPad Review

Magnetic Alphabet for iPad Review

“Magnetic Alphabet for iPad” brings the classic game to iPad, adding some new features to make it even better.

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Are iPads the future of education?

Well, maybe not. But there’s no denying that “abc PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.

With reading, the app uses the “synthetic phonics” method supported by US, UK, and Australian governments. Kids are first taught letter sounds (instead of the names of the letters), including hybrid sounds such as “ch” and “sh.” US and UK pronunciations are both included, so you don’t have to worry about your kid picking up the “wrong” accent. (Darn!)

And for writing, the app demonstrates how to draw the letters, instead of just presenting pictures. Kids can then trace the letters’ outlines on the iPad or iPhone using their finger. If you chose, the app will then grade their accuracy. I can see this being very useful for young learners especially—tracing with a finger is infinitely easier than using a pencil. Cursive and print alphabets are both included.

Finally, PocketPhonics rounds out its offering with a sound-based word “spelling game,” which includes over 170 words with accompanying pictures. There’s also a “ParentZone” area where parents can tweak the app’s settings.

Oh, and it’s only $0.99.

While I doubt that a single app will ever be able to replace real-life teaching, abc PocketPhonics certainly looks like a competent, comprehensive app. It won’t teach letter names, but it can get pre-readers “hooked on phonics.”

You do remember those old commercials, right? Don’t you?



$6.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-12-08 :: Category: Education

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