Brain Games

I’ve posted a couple times on this blog before about video games that I like for various reasons.  Recently, I’ve become somewhat addicted to another kind of game: Scramble With Friends.  I learned it about on a show choir trip, and I haven’t been able to put my phone down since.  In my opinion, this game is better than other similar games such as Words with Friends or Scrabble, and here’s why: it’s more thought-provoking.  In Scrabble and Words With Friends, one can theoretically take all the time they want to come up with a move that will earn the most points.  But Scramble with Friends has a strict time limit, which cannot be expanded other than using special “power-ups”.  The time-limit forces one to be creative and think of all the thousand of possibilities of words one can create with the letters given, all in a matter of a minute or so.

This is not to say that I don’t have a qualm or two with Scramble With Friends.  One issue of mine is that some of the words Scramble With Friends accepts as words are words from other languages besides English.  For example, “mas”, the spanish word for “more”, is considered an acceptable word.  Word games need to be consistent in their format in order to be consistently enjoyable, and that includes being consistent with language used.  Keep it English, or keep it Spanish, or keep it German, or whatever, as long as more than one language is not used.  While one could argue that including multiple languages could make the game more thought-provoking, in reality the game is simply biased to those who know many different languages.  Long-story-short, I wish Scramble With Friends was more of an English vocabulary game than a “Hey, let’s throw random words from various world languages around!” game.

Another issue of mine is that, on Scramble With Friends, one can only play a certain number of games before he or she has to wait.  It costs one “coin” in order to start a round with someone, and you only receive coins by either paying for them (not the ideal option for me) or letting time pass by.  In my head at least, this contradicts that idea promoted by the game company that Scramble With Friends is supposed to be “lightning-quick”, fun action.  It may be fun, but the idea of waiting so that I can play more games certainly doesn’t sound lightning-quick to me.



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