Word Streak with Friends
|Scramble with Friends|
Word Streak (formerly Scramble with Friends) is a word game developed by Zynga with Friends for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android and released in January 2012. Gameplay is similar to that of Boggle - players try to find as many words as possible in a jumbled 4x4 grid of letters by connecting adjacent letters to form words within a two-minute time frame - though with extra features and a different scoring system. Words may be formed vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Scramble with Friends is one of the top ranking games in the iOS application store, available as both a free ad-supported version and an ad-less paid version. "Scramble with Friends" replaced "Scramble Challenge" at the end of 2011, but did not retain the solitaire option of the latter.
Each game consists of three rounds played in series and the winner is the player with the highest total score of all three rounds. The second round introduces tiles with double letter and word multipliers, the third round triple multipliers. The scoring system favours both longer words and words containing less common letters.
There are four 'power-ups' which players may employ; Freeze which grants the player a few seconds of extra time, Inspiration which highlights words for the player to play, Scramble which rotates/flips the board granting the player a new perspective, and Vision which gives the player 3 words to find and if all words are found, gives the player a time bonus.
A token system operates, players must pay one token per round and a second token if they wish to utilise two powerups in a round rather than one. A new token is 'earned' every 20 minutes (regardless of whether the app is open). Extra tokens are available for purchase, and the paid ad-free version boasts a faster token earning rate (1 token every 10 minutes).
Players may sign in through Facebook and invite friends to play, search for opponents by username or be matched with random users. In addition, there is a chat feature built in the game that allows chat between opponents.
- Jason Parker, Scramble with Friends a worthy hit in the iTunes App Store, CNET, 25 January 2012.
- Danny Cowan, Newtoy's Scramble with Friends tops iPad sales chart, Gamasutra, 23 January 2012.
- Hayley Tsukayama, Scramble with Friends app review, Washington Post, 21 January 2012.