A free (gpl) PC games program for Windows
Scrabble is a digital version of the board game that has been an enduring favourite for generations. With this app, you will be able to play the game on your device; this is particularly useful if you want to play it on the go, without taking a full board with you.
In the game, each player is assigned a random set of letters. The object is to use these letters to spell out words on a grid; as you use letters, you will be given more. After the first player has taken their turn, every word must be connected to another one. Longer words, and those using less common letters, earn more points.
A dictionary is always a useful thing to have at hand when playing Scrabble, and the digital version of the game does indeed come with a built-in dictionary for the players to consult when stuck for inspiration.
Yes. If you do not have access to any friends you can play against, the app allows you to pit your wits against computer-controlled players. This is useful if you want to spend a lonely afternoon with a game of Scrabble.
The modes included with the app are Play With Friends, which connects to Facebook or Origin so that you can play with friends online; Single Player, which pits you against an AI opponent; Random Opponent, which chooses an online opponent at random; Pass N' Play, in which multiple players share the same device; and Speed Play, which places a limit on player turns.
Yes, the game allows you to take part in onscreen conversations through a message window, the format of which will be familiar to anyone who has used an instant messenger app.
The main difference is the ability to play the game with players from elsewhere in the world through online compatibility, along with the option of playing against computer opponents. The digital version also comes with music.
Yes, the game records statistics relating to its players' performance. It also includes a profile system, allowing you to create a tailor-made profile for yourself that can be viewed by other players.
The Best Word feature gives the player a hint by showing them the highest-scoring word to be made from their present letters. This function cannot be turned off, and is a key difference between the board and digital versions of the game.
The Scrabble app is available for Windows, iPhone and Android. Although the mobile versions are obviously best suited to playing the game on the go, desktop Scrabble comes with the benefit of having a larger screen to play on and better emulate the size of the board.