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Scrabble (Smartphone)
by Tracy Erickson 13/7/2008
Product: Scrabble (Smartphone)
Developer: EA Mobile
Publisher: EA Mobile
Format: Android, iPhone
Genre: Card/ board game
Players: 1-2
Networking: on one device
Version: US
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The core experience of playing a boardgame – sitting around a table with family and friends, often under the influence of more than competitive juices – often has a difficult time being captured in a single-player mobile game.

Scrabble arrives on iPhone in great form, boasting a strong set of features and clear, vibrant visuals. Production-wise, it's a game of great quality. That, however, can't keep it from being a rather dull solo experience.

Multiplayer defines the Scrabble experience, probably more so than any other boardgame. Tensions over property rights in Monopoly or crossing your fingers for the roll of the dice in Yahtzee have been appropriately captured in digital form; however, the banter and debate that occur during a Scrabble game are lost in this iPhone translation. ...
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Scrabble spells high quality gameplay on iPhone but you'll need a friend as the experience isn't terribly fun on your own
Audio/visual: 7
Gameplay: 6
Value: 6
Innovation: 2
Overall: 6
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