For the past three years, millions have played the Scrabble-like game “Words With Friends” on their smartphones for high-point bragging rights against their opponents, both friends and strangers.
To play, they've used virtual letter tiles to create words on a virtual game board in the mobile application and then sent the word off, waiting for their opponents to use their own phones to play on the same board and send it back.
The game, created by Newtoy and now hosted by Zynga Games, is addictive and popular across Android phones, iPhones, iPads and Facebook.
For those who like the back-and-forth format of competing with friends but don't want to play word games, there are a couple of new ways to satisfy addictions.
One of them, “Quizboard,” is a free game from Planeto that launched in June, and it looks promising.
Billed by developers as “Words With Friends meets Trivial Pursuit,” the app for your iOS device offers a game board that players navigate by correctly answering trivia questions in a certain time period. There are more than 14,000 questions in categories including sports, arts and literature, science, geography, entertainment and history, and players advance as they answer correctly.
I'm not that great at trivia, but I played random opponents over the weekend and enjoyed the game. The questions struck the right balance between easy and difficult.
“Draw Something,” created by OMGPOP and now owned by Zynga, is another of these games that I stumbled upon a few months ago when a group of sixth-graders on a field trip told me how much they liked it.
“Draw Something” is like the board game “Pictionary.” Players sign up, find opponents and then get a choice of three words to draw using their fingers on the mobile device's screen. The drawing gets sent to their opponent to guess; their opponent then gets a new choice of words to draw and send back.
The game offers a handful of colors to start, but players can add more as they earn “coins” with each correctly guessed drawing. It's fun and relaxing, even if my skills don't match those of the artists whose “Draw Something” pictures get posted to the app's Facebook page.
If you want to play either one, find me on “Quizboard” by the user name lillie-beth or on Draw Something as lillie_beth. Send app ideas to email@example.com. For more apps, go online to blog.NewsOK.com/get-appy.