We all love word games. Not only do they help us kill boredom, they also serve as good vocabulary building tools. From the simple hangman to the grid-based Scrabble, people have been playing word games since Victorian times. Now, even though we are in the age of smart phones and tablets, their popularity hasn’t waned thanks to some great apps that let us have the same experience on the go. So, if you’re dying to try out some of the best word games on your phone, read on as we list the top 5 word games for Android.
Wordfeud is a crossword style two-player word game for Android and iPhone. The game features a 15 x 15 tile board wherein players have to place tiles in such a way that they get the maximum points possible. Placing high value letters on tiles marked as Double Letter, Double Word or Triple Letter, increases the player’s chances of winning. You can play Wordfeud with your friends or choose a random opponent online.
The game is played taking turns, so, if the game starts getting a bit slow, you can launch up to 29 more games simultaneously while your opponent thinks of his/her next move. Whenever any of your opponents make a move, you get notified of it through Android’s notification bar. To add to the fun, the game also allows players to chat with each other while playing. Wordfeud is free (ad-supported) , and for those willing to pay for the app, there’s an ad-free version too.
Words with Friends Free
Words with friends is a hugely popular word game for mobile phones. The game tests players’ word building skills on a crossword style board. With rules similar to Scrabble, Words for Friends lets users play up to 20 games simultaneously. You can either play the game with your friends or use your skills against a random online opponent.
Being cross-platform, you can also try it out against friends or opponents who have the app on their iPhones or iPads. The game also lets players chat with each other and notifies them when their turn is due. Probably one of the most addictive word games out there, Words with Friends is free ( ad-supported) to download from the Android Marketplace.
Scrabble is a crossword-style word game where two or four players have to form words by placing tiles on a 15 x 15 grid. Players get to score extra points for placing letters on high-scoring tiles and the player with the most points in the end wins the game. Scrabble Free from Electronic Arts is a free application that brings the classic game to Android.
Being cross-platform, you can either play the game with your iPhone, Android or Facebook friends or you can also choose a random online opponent. Scrabble Free also lets you chat with your friends and notifies you when your turn is due. Once you finish a game, you can easily check your stats and see which words got you the most points. Overall, a great app that brings the experience of the classic board game to Android.
Hanging With Friends
Hanging with Friends is a free turn-based word game based on the classic puzzle game hangman. The game features two cute characters, representing you and your opponent, hanging by balloons over a bubbling volcano. To save yourself, you have to bring down your opponent by giving him/her tricky words to guess. If the opponent guesses your word wrong, one of their balloon bursts bringing them closer to the volcano. The one who goes down first loses the game.
Even though the game is quite similar to hangman, the added characters, animations and chat features make the game quite exciting. Furthermore, since the game is turn-based, you can start 19 more games simultaneously while waiting for the opponent’s move. You can choose to play the game with your friends or test your skills on a random opponent. Hanging with Friends is freely (ad-supported) available for download from the marketplace.
This is a modern version of the classic hangman game. For the uninitiated, hangman is a paper and pencil guessing game wherein one player thinks of a word and the other tries to guess it by suggesting letters. Hangman by Spice Labs lets you play the same game on your Android but with more features like themes, achievements and hints.
The game offers 12 different themes like Hollywood, Music, Countries, Movies to choose from. That way, you can start guessing words in your area of interest. Once you finish playing, you can brag about your achievements to your friends on Facebook. Hangman is free and is available for download from the Android marketplace.
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