There’s a new web version of the classic board game
Looking for more word games to play after the thrill of your daily Wordle? The classic Scrabble board game is now easier to play than ever with a new browser game (via Eurogamer) that you can play with your friends and family or even with strangers. April 13 was National Scrabble Day in the United States, so the new web game was launched to celebrate.
Scrabble’s mobile games have been on smartphones for a long time, but they’ve had a surprisingly dramatic history. For example, Scrabble Go was released in 2020 but criticized by some gamers for its in-app purchases and overly explosive design. Some particularly vocal performers even started a petition for EA to take over the franchise’s official license after the release of Scrabble Go. This new version isn’t a mobile app, however, and it’s browser-based, following the surprising success of simple web games like Wordle. You can play the game here.
This new online version can be played in single player mode against the computer if you wish. Or, you can play competitively against random players or your own friends. Matches last between three and 45 minutes so you can have a quick fix or a longer game. Your start will expire after 15 minutes of inactivity, so you must continue playing.
I’ve played the game quite a bit myself, and it’s pretty easy to set up. You can even start as a guest if you prefer that rather than creating an account. There are several languages, including American English, British English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French. Finding a game with a random online player was easy while I was playing, but that’s probably because there’s a lot of hype around it right now. Over time, it can become more difficult to find a game online.
Wordle’s success is probably why we’re getting a browser-based version of Scrabble in 2022, but it’s very different, and it’s close to the classic board game you’ll know and love. If you want to move away from games like Words with Friends 2 or other similar titles, this can be an interesting change. If you’re looking for more word games to play, read our pick of the best Wordle alternatives.
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