Words With Friends HD
|Game Name:||Words With Friends HD|
|Release Date:||April 9, 2010|
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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