Words With Friends Android review

Words With Friends Android reviewThis morning I spent several hours doing absolutely nothing productive when I should really have been working. I also forgot to eat breakfast, and didn’t get showered or dressed till after midday. The reason? Words With bloody Friends.

Words With Friends is essentially Scrabble for your phone. I could leave it there, possibly mention that it’s also both free and awesome then go back to my game, but Mobotorial Director Emma would probably kick my butt.

Yeah, so Words With Friends is pretty freakin’ good. It’s available for both iOS and Android, and both versions are fully compatible. We’re all friends here.

You can search for amigos from your phone’s contact list; Words With Friends checks against email addresses and mobile numbers, and if it can’t find your buddy, it offers the option to send them an invite. Neat.

If you’re lacking in the friends department, or if they just suck terribly at Words With Friends, you can play against randoms. There’s a little chat thingy wherein you can message each other, but otherwise it’s fairly anonymous.

Incidentally, I’m about to start work on a screenplay based around Words With Friends, under the working title “Love With Friends”. The main characters enter into a random game and fall in love. But – here’s the catch – they’re actually friends in real life and don’t realise how they feel. Bless. I’m waiting to hear back from Hugh Grant and Meg Ryan, but I can’t imagine why they’d turn me down.

Aye, so if you like Scrabble, chances are you’ll love Words With Friends. There’s all the usual stuff like double and triple letters/words and what have you. If you don’t like your tiles, you can swap some out at the expense of a turn.

It’s stupidly addictive. Like, seriously. Remember when you first got into Facebook and couldn’t stop checking your account even though nothing was happening? It’s like that but worse. Even if all your friends are asleep, you’ll find yourself going in and out of the boards, dreaming of the possibilities.

On the main menu you get a list of active boards and can see the last word/move from each. It’s also split into games where it’s your turn, and those where you’re awaiting a friend’s move. However – and this is possibly my only gripe – it doesn’t display the scores. Meh, whatever.

Right, I’ve rambled on for long enough and I’ve got several games demanding immediate attention. See ya.

Oh, I almost forgot; there are adverts after each turn, but you really won’t give a crap.


  • Can play against randoms
  • Handy wee chat option
  • Words are great


  • Super addictive
  • Ads

Summary: Words With Friends is (a) free, (b) brilliant, and (c) insanely addictive. Get it now.

Developer: Zynga

Compatibility: Android 2.1 (Eclair) or higher

Price: free @ Android Market

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FaithNoMore  May. 5, 2011 at 18:11

I've found Wordfeud to be much better than Words With Friends. Most reviews seem to agree too - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.hbwares.wordfeud.free&feature=search_result

mrb1  May. 5, 2011 at 19:36

Totally agree with FaithNoMore, Wordfued is far better than Words with Friends. I have them both, but awlays come back to wordfued.


markbennettuk  May. 5, 2011 at 20:03

Agree with FaithNoMore - Wordfued is much much better.

cardamon  May. 6, 2011 at 18:15

My friends are all obsessed with this game... I've installed but haven't tried it out yet!


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