Word Trick is an online version of Scrabble. The screen has a clean look and the zoom is handy for placing tiles where you really want them. I suggest the zoom unless you have tiny fingers; the tile placement gets a bit touchy since it is not exactly centered under the point of contact.
How does it work?
Just like Scrabble, you need to place your tiles on the board to create a dictionary-recognized word. You score points based on the numbers on the tiles and any multipliers on the board such as double letter or double word score. There is a mode that will let you pass your device around to the friends in the room for a multiplayer session that is not dependent on someone online (and the attendant waiting issues). The game will keep track of your stats and accomplishments, and will even post to your Facebook account so all of your friends can see what you did.
Is it contagious?
This week has been a mixed bag for reviews and Word Trick tops the bottom. If you really want to play an online version of Scrabble and this is the only avenue you can find then, go ahead and play it. Otherwise, avoid this app. I have not taken an instant dislike to any app until this one. The multipage user agreement (pictured above left) laid the foundation by making it clear that, via Facebook’s information sharing policy, Outplay can do what it likes; you will grant permission for them to access your stuff. Add to this the full page pop up advertisement which appears after every turn you take and I think you’ll get the general idea.
Even without the ads, I don’t need to have “you scored your first double letter!” and every other little thing that happens in the game posted to my Facebook page. To be fair, Word Trick started out as a Facebook game, so fans of the Facebook version likely won’t be turned off by the ads, posts and information sharing. For everyone else, though, paying $0.99 would’ve been preferable over these invasive actions.