Released: January 2009. Added to this library 8 weeks ago.
Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.
The arrangement of special score multiplier spaces is different to official Scrabble. You get seven random letters and place them on your go until all 104 tiles have been used. You take turns and can choose to swap tiles or pass.
A letter placed on a DL or TL square doubles or triples the value of that letter on all words formed using that square. Similarly, the DW and TW squares double and triple the value of the new word(s) using that square. If a player uses all seven tiles on a single play (known as a bingo in Scrabble), 35 bonus points are added - this contrasts with the 50 bonus points in Scrabble.
Words with Friends 2 adds timed lightning rounds and more ways to practice and improve. As well as the listed platforms Words With Friends is available on Facebook, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets. On iOS there is a chat feature built into the game.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. You can play a solo game against the computer with challenges.
Cross-Platform: Words with Friends can be played across Android, iOS.
But does include advertisements on some platforms. You can purchase add-free version. You can earn coins in game, and purchase with real money to buy cosmetic items and skip the timer on one player games.
You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.
System settings: Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.
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Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Free. In-game purchases.
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Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Players: You can play this with 100 players online.
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Platforms: PlayStation 4
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
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Players: You can play this with 4 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
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Players: This is a single player game.
Costs: Purchase cost.
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Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
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Words With Friends is in These Lists
In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Words With Friends in the following lists:
Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.
The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.
- Co-operative: Some of the games are good ways to connect and play co-operatively online (like Feather, Overcooked 2, Ibb and Obb, Skylanders Children of Light).
- Competitive: With some practice there are easy and fun online competitive games (like Tricky Towers, Videoball)
- Asynchronous: Other games are a way to connect and play without being online at the same time (like Horizon Chase Turbo, Worms, Words With Friends, Wargroove, Animal Crossing).
- Community: Then there are games that connect you with a wider player community in a gentle non-invasive way (like The First Tree, Journey, Lost Words, The Endless Forrest).
These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one.
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