Words With Friends HD

Words With Friends HD
Game Name: Words With Friends HD
Platforms: iPad
Publisher(s): Newtoy
Developer(s): Newtoy
Genre(s): Word play
Release Date: April 9, 2010
Price: $2.99
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The first game I loaded on my new iPad was Words With Friends, I could barely contain my excitement, finally I could play my favorite word game on a nice large display, or so I thought. Apps designed for the iPhone and iPod touch are stretched on the iPad screen giving apps an ugly pixelated appearance. I quickly deleted the app and launched the App Store in search of an iPad version of Words With Friends.

Bingo, Words With Friends HD! But before I actually purchased the game I hesitated. I wasn’t too happy with the idea of buying essentially the same game again. But I figured the experience of playing on a larger screen could make the purchase worth while.

For those unfamiliar with Words With Friends, it’s essentially Scrabble with convenient online play. Normally if you wanted to play the board game Scrabble with your friends you’d need to find the right time when everyone is free, set aside a few hours to play and of course do a little driving.

But with Words With Friends all those complications go out the window. You don’t have to play each game from start to finish in one sitting. Instead you can submit moves whenever you have a spare moment in your day. The game will notify you automatically when it’s your turn to play again. Keep in mind the game can only notify you if you have Internet access.

Now some people may find this way of playing painfully slow, games can take days or even weeks to finish. Luckily we can play multiple games at once, so each time you enter the app there’s a good chance you’ll have a few turns to play.

Playing Words With Friends on the iPad has been a really great experience. Double tapping to zoom into the board is no longer necessary, the board and tiles are very easy to read thanks to the larger display.

The navigation and controls are similar to the iPhone version. The tiles and options are located at the bottom of the screen. The game list and chat now appear as pop up windows.

Finding opponents to play is pretty easy in Words With Friends. You can search for random opponents, add friends through your contact list or by simply searching for their user name. Oh and let’s not forget the good old fashion pass and play option.

I was a bit worried that Words With Friends on the iPad wouldn’t have much to offer. In a lot of ways it seemed like the iPhone version flat out beats the iPad, mainly due to its portability. But with the larger display the gameplay experience was dramatically improved from the iPhone version. It’s so much more comfortable playing on the iPad over extended periods of time and much easier on the eyes as well.

I’m glad I gave Words With Friends HD for the iPad a chance, after playing with the game for the last few days I have no regrets about my purchase. I’ve tried other word games in the App Store but none have matched the ease of use and well thought out user interface of Words With Friends HD, those two aspects alone make this game a real winner.

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  1. Carolyn says:

    I own an iPad and iPad Mini, problem when I loaded WWF on the Mini, it treats the Mini as if another view of iPad! In settings, I tried to change the ID and email, it worked, when I looked at the iPad, it too was changed. Any way multiple players on my devices, like different profiles. I would love to play my husband!

  2. I have been playing wwf on my computer for about two months. yesterday the game will come up with the games I’m playing but no letters will appear. not on the board or the new tiles. Have removed the app and reinstalled and still nothing. please help. I’m addicted to the game.

  3. Lauren says:

    Words with Friends is the absolute best game. Not only does it allow you to build your vocabulary, but it also gives you the chance to connect with friends in a whole new way. It has become quite competitive amongst my friends, but in a fun and friendly way!

  4. ticket says:

    Please fix Words with Friends for the iPad 2. It freqently runs slowly or locks up or just keeps trying unsuccessfully to update.

    For now, attempting to play the game is mostly a waste of time. What’s up.

  5. MARILYN says:

    I purchased the Words app but cannot seem to merge my FB account Words with my paid account words. I play on my iphone and when I go into the FB mobile I cannot get my original games. When I log in thru safari, I cannot get the paid app games. Strange. I’m leading a double game life.

  6. Tom I says:

    I have a problem with the wwf app on my iPad. A blank screen pops up and asks if I want to launch the safari browser. this continues to happen no matter what I try. Anyone have any suggestions?

  7. Trevor says:

    Hi, 1 1/2 years later, I’m wondering if I buy the paid version of WWF for iPad, will I also get the paid version of WWF iPhone? Or will I need to purchase that separately as well?


  8. jill says:

    WWF Everytime i turn WWF my IPAD on its states it has to update and then it states its repairing the game..does anyone know why it does that plzzzz…..I dont want to uninstall as im addicted to the game

  9. Bill says:

    In the game over section I got a red tile with a circle (with a slash). It says you beat xxxx. What is the meaning of the red tile?

  10. carsen says:

    WWF HD is great fun, but I’m thinking I’m going to have to uninstall it unfortunately. It’s cut my battery life about in half and from what I’ve been able to google, i’m not the only one.

    That’s what you have to watch about this one, it’s a real battery killer and I’m not sure why. All I can guess is it must be pinging their server for new moves like once a second. IF that’s the case, it’d be nice to see them offer a setting to change that. I don’t need to know the instant my friends make their move, if it just checked once a day, that’d be fine with me, if it meant getting my battery life back.

  11. I have trouble on my iPad it will not let me tap on an opponent on the first try it goes back to the main screen. It gets very frustrating. Just yesterday it started a new glitch you would be placing letters and go back to the main screen. There must be a problem !

  12. Dar63 says:

    Thanks for the WWF info. Your article was very informative It answered several questions I had! Just started playing & I’m hooked! I play on an iPad & I’ve not had any issues so far.

  13. Tracey says:

    I’m wondering if I can play WWF on my Dell PC? Or, is it only an APPLE/MAC compatable program?

  14. Stella says:

    I purchased words with friends for 2.99 and now it does not work. How can I fax it or reload with being charged again?

  15. KK says:

    I’m new to this game and I’m already addicted to it! However, I can’t find any explanation of the choices at the bottom-i.e. Recall, swap, etc. and when to use them.

  16. griff says:

    can one device play the other…ie; ipad vs.iphone? is it device or network specific?

    sowwy if thats a stupid question..lol

    • Ironcell says:

      It’s not a stupid question at all, I get that question a lot in the mail. WWF players can play from either device it’s not device specific.

  17. John says:

    BIll, that is the price you pay for being an 1st/early adopter. Always wait for bugs to get ironed out before you invest!

  18. John says:

    Does it only work in portrait orientation?

  19. Bill Weinman says:

    The initial launch of WWF for iPod was a disaster, and I’m surprised that you didn’t mention the problems. Most of us who installed it were completely unable to play until the updated release a week later.

    I installed WWF as soon as I got my iPad on 4/3. I started it up, gave it my info, and all I could get was the Oops screen. After re-launching, I got the “updating” message and it just stayed there. I let it run for about a half hour like that and the updating message never went away.

    I tried uninstalling, reinstalling, shutting down and restarting — all the things we WWFers always do when our favorite dysfunctional iPhone game doesn’t play nice (which is often).

    I wrote to Newtoys, and wrote and wrote. I posted an issue on their support site. No response.

    A few days later they lowered the price from $4.99 to $1.99. That made me mad.

    Finally, yesterday, they released an update that fixed the problems and I’ve finally been able to play on my iPad, and yes, game play is great on the big screen!

    But this experience has left me feeling cheated, at best. I paid an additional $4.99 to have this game on my iPad, and that would have been fine had it worked. Now those who didn’t go through the additional hassle of testing the initial release for Newtoys get the price break, and those of us who did the extra work don’t!

    Newtoys owes me $3. Other than that, great game.


    • Ironcell says:

      Hey Bill,

      It’s always good to hear from the readers, my experience with Words With Friends HD on the iPad has been great, but from what you described there may have been some bugs in the initial release that impacted some of the WWF players. I’m really sorry you had such a poor initial experience, but I’m glad the new update solved the issues you were experiencing.

      Yea, I paid $4.99 too! And they dropped the price to $1.99, of course I wasn’t all that jazzed about that, but over the last few years of using the App Store I’ve realized this is pretty much the norm. The initial price of games are a bit higher, the sales lag off so they discount the game for a small period of time to boost sales to help get the game back into the top 10 listing, it’s a very common practice among game developers in the App Store.

      Enjoy WWF Bill and take care!

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