We’re all stuck in a situation every once in a while — waiting at the dentist’s, stuck in a jam or waiting for a flight. What do we do? We whip out our phones and tablets and start shooting bugs and driving cars. Don’t you miss the good ol’ board games we used to play when we were kids? Well, you can have it back now. Here’s our pick of the five best word based games for your iPhone.
Of course, if we don’t have this in the list, there’s no point in making a list at all. This world-famous game is brought to you on your iPhone by Electronic Arts. Scrabble lets you play games with your friends in this virtual world. You can challenge your friends from Facebook to a game of scrabble and show them who’s boss.
It can be played with random users of this app (who can be from anywhere in this world) if none of your friends are available. Or you can choose to play it solo where a computer plays a game with you. This is a must-have game for all the word lovers!
Words with Friends Free
A game which is like Scrabble and is equally addictive is Words with Friends Free. I’m sure you’ve noticed the word ‘Free’ in the app’s name. There’s a paid version of this game which is available for download too. There’s nothing great about the paid app actually. The free version of this game has loads of special appearances by advertisements (there’s nothing during the gameplay).
The board in this game is a little different from that of Scrabble. You get notifications when it’s your turn to play. You can play this game for hours this way (you take your turn and close the app). What’s more, you can play it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter too!
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This is the perfect game for the anagram lovers. After building words, we’d suggest that you cut, shuffle, and arrange them with this game. Anagram Twist helps you increase your vocabulary. You are given a bunch of letters and boxes which you have to fill up with words. Choose a category and you’d get words related to it. A few categories are blocked and you’d have to buy to get access to them.
The interface of the game is clean and neat. This app gives you little clues if you miss some words. If you shuffle your phone a little, the words that you’ve missed are displayed. This one is completely a fun app for the lovers of words.
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Chances are that you may have already played this game on a newspaper. Jumble is a fun game which was and still is available to people on some newspapers. This game has four jumbled words which you have to solve. And then you have to form another word from the already selected letters of those four words. You are given a clue to solve the final word, which is a picture. A cartoon is shown to you that would help you in cracking the last word in this puzzle.
This is a highly addictive game and is also a little user-friendly with the hints (just five!) it gives.
Another popular word-search game is Boggle that is now available for iPhones. This game can be played in three different modes. The ‘Challenge Mode’ is all about time and the faster you search for words, the better. In the ‘Advanced Mode’, you can choose the speed you want to play the game at. And in the ‘Self-Score Mode’, you can play the game by your own rules.
You can also challenge your friends to a game and settle ‘scores’. You receive awards when you form the longest word, best word and words created using most letters in the shortest time in this game! You can also listen to music from your iTunes account while you’re playing a game if you don’t want to get distracted.
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About Sashank Nandury
Sashank was an accountant before he woke up on the wrong side of the bed one day and decided that he wanted to be a writer. As a result of which the erstwhile dominant left side of his brain is at constant war with the right – and he deals with both. He's an associate editor for wwwireframe. He believes that penguins have a world domination conspiracy going for them.