Words With Friends

  • Genre: Word & Trivia
  • Developer: Zynga
  • Monthly Users: 5000000
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Words With Friends is the most popular word game for iOS and Android and now Facebook. Play multiple crossword games against your friends at your own pace, pass and play locally or matchmake with a random opponent.

 Words With Friends Review and Information

Words With Friends on Facebook arrives to the Facebook users after being launched over a year ago, on ios and android platforms, what can we expect from it?

Words With Friends is basically Scrabble, where you have a board with some special squares, and you have to form words with letters pieces that you are given randomly, those special squares, can multiply letters (each letter has a certain value) or entire words. The game is play by turns, and you must use at least one of the already placed pieces, and so on, when there are no pieces left, the player with the highest points wins.

On mobile platforms, the game is played basically by messages, where you make your move, send a message to your opponent the he messages beck with his  or her move. Well this can take a while to finish and be a little boring.

With Words With Friends on Facebook, part of the problem is solved, you can just challenge a random opponent who is online from the pool of players the game has, or you can invite a friend to play, and as it is Facebook, things can be quite paced, further you can play with more than one player at the same time, you can also chat with your opponents in real time and inside the game screen.

All this put together will give you a much better gameplay experience, and don’t forget this is a great learning exercise for your brain! With almost 12 millions players on little more than 1 month of launch this will be a huge success of Facebook!

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How To Play Words With Friends

The Official Rules

  1. Overall Objective

    Players exchange turns forming words horizontally or vertically on the board, trying to score as many points as possible for each word.

  2. Tile Placement

    • The first word must be placed so that 1 of the tiles is on the star in the center of the board.
    • Every word following that must be placed so that at least 1 tile is shared from an existing word on the board.
    • Tiles can only be placed in the same line vertically or horizontally each turn.
    • Tiles can be placed so that multiple new words are formed simultaneously using neighboring letters.
    • Words cannot be placed if they create an illegal word using neighboring letters.
    • All words labeled as a part of speech (including those listed of foreign origin, and as archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.) are permitted with the exception of the following: proper nouns (words always capitalized), abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes standing alone or words requiring a hyphen or an apostrophe.
  3. Scoring

    • Double the value of any tiles that were played this turn on a DL space, and triple the value of any tile that was played on a TL space this turn. Do not double the value of tiles on DL and TL spaces for tiles that were played on previous rounds.
    • Add up the values of all letters in the word, even if some were played on a previous turn.
    • Double the value of the word if any tiles this turn were played on a DW space (and double it again in the case were 2 DW spaces were played upon). Triple the value of the word if any tiles this turn were played on a TW space (and triple it again if 2 TW spaces were used). Do not multiply words if tiles on DW or TW spaces were used from a previous turn.
    • It is possible to create multiple words with the same play. In this case, score each new word separately, including bonuses, and sum all of the new words together.
    • Words cannot be placed if they create an illegal word using neighboring letters.
    • 35 bonus points are awarded whenever a player uses all 7 tiles on their rack in a single turn.
  4. End Game

    • The game ends when one player plays every tile in his rack, and there are no tiles remaining to draw from. The game could also end if three successive turns have occurred with no scoring and as long as the score is not zero-zero.
    • After the last tile is played, the opposing player will lose points equal to the sum of the value of his remaining tiles. This amount is then awarded to the player who placed the last tile.
  5. Dictionary

    Words With Friends has more than 173,000 acceptable words for use in the game. Our list is based on the Enhanced North American Benchmark Lexicon (ENABLE), a public domain list used by many word games.

    Tap here to visit the site where the original ENABLE list resides.

    We’ve added a few of our own words to game such as ‘zen’ and ‘texting,’ and more words may be added in the future.

    If you’d like to suggest a word, you can do that here.

The Official Rules can be accessed above the game screen, on “Help”, there is also a great “How to play Guide”

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