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5 iPhone apps to help you with all your Scrabble needs

Fans of the ultimate word game will be pleased to know that there are iPhone apps to help you with all your Scrabble needs. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary. Official reference works (e.g. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary) provide a list of permissible words. The Collins Scrabble checker can also be used to check if a word is allowed.

In 1938, architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. The two games had the same set of letter tiles, whose distributions and point values Butts worked out meticulously performing a frequency analysis of letters from various sources including The New York Times. The new game, which he called “Criss-Crosswords,” added the 15-by-15 game board and the crossword-style game play. He manufactured a few sets himself, but was not successful in selling the game to any major game manufacturers of the day. The name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. in the United States and Canada. Elsewhere, Mattel trademarks Scrabble. The game is sold in 121 countries; there are 29 different language versions. One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes.

SCRABBLE Free by Electronic Arts assists users with an easier way to play scrabble with others. Post invitations to play via Facebook or email and search by username or email address. Users will also get the opportunity to start a game against a random opponent with just one touch. Play up to 50 games at once and see your highest scoring choices with the Best Word feature. With great detail, users can play this addictive game with the ease of a simple touch screen. The exclusive SCRABBLE Teacher Feature is now available in every game-play mode so it is easy to learn along the way. For more information on this free application, head over to the iTunes App Store.

Super Word Finder, THE BEST tool for playing SCRABBLE – English & French by HyPerSpectives contains options to check played words or investigate various words. With a super search users can also view new Wiktionary integrated definition look up and English word lists. With French as an added language, students can build up their vocabulary quicker, along with Spanish, German, and Italian coming soon. Get help with letters that you have, and suggested words with their minimum score values. Enter the letters from a specific row or column on the board, along with the letters that you have, and find out exactly how many points you might be able to score. Available at the App Store for $4.49/£2.49 this application is the ideal way to improve your skill when it comes to playing the game.

Scorecard for Scrabble by Banana Labs is a great way to assist users to enhance the traditional board game. With this app, there is no need for pen, paper and calculator as you can save valuable playing time with this digital assistant. Keep a record of up to four players and calculate points instantly including custom timer alarms, player’s names and individual word score. For $0.99/£0.69 at the App Store, this application will save scorecards to resume for future games and provides a dictionary with rules reference.

SCRABBLE Blast by Electronic Arts is a free application with two extra modes to unlock. This easy to use app contains fast-paced fun and puzzling intensity. Score as many points as possible in 100 seconds in Blast mode. Alternatively, level up in Puzzle mode, where time- bomb tiles threaten to break your spell — unless you defuse them by using them in a word. When you download this you will get the classic scrabble game free, along with options to score as many as many points as possible with a limited, 100-tile bag. For more details, visit the App Store.

Word Descrambler – Coach for Scrabble® and Words with Friends by Nate Heagy will give users the opportunity to win more games finding the best playable words in your tile rack. This app will always find the highest point words possible. Users can even try entering seven blank tiles and MUZJIKS is the best possible word worth an incredible 29 points (before bonuses like the 50-point bingo). Seven blank tiles are not possible in a game although it goes to show what the Word Descrambler will come up with. Accessible at the iTunes App Store for $0.99/£0.69 this application will come up with every possible answer you require.

Make sure you are well equipped when it comes to your next game of scrabble. Show off your word skills and amaze your challengers with help from easy to use apps. What’s the highest score you have ever gained for a word? Maybe you accept other words when you play with friends. These apps are compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Written by Marlon Votta

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