Scrabble is one of the best-loved board games of all time but, due to some bizarre complications on the Android Market, you can’t actually download its official app in the UK. That’s where the unofficial alternative Wordfeud comes in. Essentially Scrabble by another name, this app will allow you test your vocabulary against both iPhone and Android-owning opponents. There’s no single player mode but otherwise this is a fantastic app for those itching to improve their lexicon.
If you don’t know how Scrabble works by now you probably never will but, in case you spent the early years of your childhood stuck in a cave or glued to your PlayStation, the aim of the game is to score as many points as possible by creating words of a high value. This means laying down your letters on Double Letter or Triple Word squares to ensure you ramp up the value of your attempted word. The board and nearly other gameplay rule used in Wordfeud is identical its Scrabble equivalent, so what you’re offered here is the real deal without the official license.
Games are arranged either between friends or randomly selected online opponents. Since we have no friends (on Wordfeud) we had to stick with the random opponent selection, meaning everyone we played was throwing down words we’d never heard of like an absolute pro. With a supposed three million registered users and the ability to run 30 games simultaneously, you should find a player to match your capabilities eventually. What would help in this regard is a single player mode to build up your skills free from the threat of an impending trouncing, unfortunately that’s not included meaning offline play isn’t an option either.
Wordfeud comes in the form of a free ad-supported app or as a paid-for app which costs £1.99. Which version you choose largely depends on how often you’re going use Wordfeud. If you’re a Scrabble fiend then you’ll find your working day interrupted by an endless stream of push notifications from the app, if not you’ll suffer the adverts as you log in and out as you please. This isn’t a perfect Scrabble app for Android but its certainly the best we’ve played so far.
The Bottom Line
Lacking a single player mode but otherwise a great unofficial Scrabble app for Android. Additional Info
Version reviewed 1.2.9
Requires Android 1.5 or higher