Scrabble
Scrabble

 
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Product Description

Become the great SCRABBLE player you've always wanted to be! Like never before, you can strengthen your vocabulary, pattern recognition, and point strategies through fun and interactive training exercises. You then can apply your newfound skills in real games against your friends and family as well as the adaptable Computer artificial intelligence. Play with friends and family in single- or multi-cart play Six levels of computer artificial intelligence to help you raise your level of competition

With this update of SCRABBLE for Nintendo DS, players take on the challenge of becoming the great word wizards that they have always wanted to be. First, hone your skills by strengthening your vocabulary, pattern recognition, and point strategies through fun training exercises like never before. Then, when ready, apply these newfound skills with the tiles in real games, either in single player mode, or against friends and family in Nintendo wireless DS single-card download play and multi-card play. At every turn adaptable computer A.I. help and onscreen reminders of the last words played ensure that this will be the most accessible and exciting version of SCRABBLE you have ever experienced.
'SCRABBLE' game logo Key Game Features:
  • Improve Your Game - Immerse yourself in six in-game exercises designed to hone your skills with the tiles, and track your improvement game after game.
  • More Ways to Play - Three exciting game modes: Classic, Speed, and the new SCRABBLE Slam.
  • Great Learning Tools - Game includes a complete Merriam Webster SCRABBLE dictionary, as well as 'SCRABBLE Word Finder' which finds the best word in any given situation.
  • Compete Anywhere - Challenge friends and family anywhere in DS single or multi-card play using six levels of artificial intelligence help.
SCRABBLE (DS)

Players:
1-4

Wireless options:
DS single-card download play, DS multi-card play.

Multiplayer action in 'SCRABBLE'
Supports 1-4 player action.
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Score and strategy training excercises in 'SCRABBLE'
Utilize in-game exercises
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Three gameplay modes in 'SCRABBLE'
Enjoy 3 exciting game modes.
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Features:
  • Never pass on a turn again with six levels of in-game artificial intelligence help.
  • Improve your game with six immersive in-game excercises designed to hone your skills with the tiles, and track your improvement game after game.
  • Experience more ways to play with three exciting game modes: Classic, Speed, and the new SCRABBLE Slam.
  • Utilize great learning tools with the in-game complete Merriam Webster SCRABBLE dictionary, as well as 'SCRABBLE Word Finder' which finds the best word in any given situation.
  • Take your game anywhere as you challenge friends and family in DS single or multi-card play.

Customer Reviews:

  • Worth the purchase
    I bought this game even though I was a little concerned reading the reviews here. I am happy I ignored the reviews. I admit that occasionally the tile drops in the wrong place which can be frustrating in a timed game, but it really doesn't take much to get the tile to go where you want it to go. I suggest calibrating the touch screen if it is really not working well.

    Back to the game...I am slowly turning into a Scrabble addict playing traditional and on Facebook. I love the training features on this game and have already learned at least a dozen new words in just playing one day. The only fault I can find is that the screen is a bit small in the classic game. But a double click makes the screen larger so no biggie.

    I recommend this game - lots of fun and great training modes!...more info
  • Very good considering the options
    I've been playing scrabble on my computer for years, however last year when I purchased a new laptop I was forced to convert to windows Vista and now along with many other woes, my windows version of Scrabble doesn't work.

    I've only had the DS version a few days, but I've been very pleased. As others have noted the touchscreen is a bit sensitive, however it wasn't as bad as I expected. I use public transportation for my travel needs and I've played it now on a very bumpy subway and bus ride more than once and lived through the experience. Selecting letters for the dictionary seems to be worse than actually placing the tiles on the board.

    The only thing I like better about my PC version is that on the PC version you could actually see words when you asked for suggestions. With the DS game you get a total of 3 hints per game, and I'm not finding them that helpful because they are usually recommending a word I've never heard of so it's a guessing game switching the recommended letters around and checking the dictionary till I've spelled an actual word. On the plus side if you try use a word that isn't in the dictionary you don't lose a turn like you do on my PC version.

    I few tiny things that irritate me which is why I didn't give it a 5.

    1. You only get 3 letters to spell your name
    2. The on screen images you use to represent the players are pretty childish. I would have left these out and let people type their names
    3. The music is horrible. I always turn it off
    4. If you set the computer player's level at 1 or 2 they play a lot of 2 letter words. If you set it to 3 the computer player seems to get all the good letters. I haven't tried 4 or 5 as I have a compulsion for winning.
    5. The game goes a little slow because after each play you have to wait on the screen to tell you the definition of the word. Sometimes the computer player is a little slow.. at least compared to my PC version. There may be a way to turn this off, I haven't fully tested. Even when you request hints the computer spends a long time "thinking".

    Until I can find a better version for PC or one for WII this will do.
    ...more info
  • A Fine Touch
    I got my Scrabble game over the weekend and have played about 75 games so far. The first dozen or so games were frustrating because this is most sensitive DS game I own, including Brain Age 1 & 2 and Flash Focus which are extremely sensitive. I even re-calibrated my DS to make sure I was touching the correct part of the screen, but it is the game that is ultra-sensitive. It takes a very fine touch to play the game, but once control and self-correction (compensating for the game's inefficiencies) is achieved, game play is very fun.

    The features that are nice in this game are the ability to have the dictionary available, the list of two letter words and being able to select the skill level of your partner.

    Hints can be turned on and off which was good when I was first learning to use the game. One feature that is interesting is being able to swap out blank tiles that are being used on the board for letters in your hand. This feature has the option of being turned off, but it is fun to always have a blank in your hand.

    I am a huge Scrabble fan, owning the traditional board game, the deluxe version and even the Onyx version of the game. I've played Scrabble since I was very little and this is a fine addition to my Scrabble obsession....more info
  • Perfect for Scrabble Addicts!
    I LOVE this game! I play Scrabble before bed to wind down and end up staying up too late playing it. Easy to manuever. Sometimes I have issues with moving my tiles around trying but nothing too annoying. The higher you raise your level, the harder it gets. It also has some training programs that are pretty helpful. I like the option of the dictionary that lists 2 letter words. I like that it keeps your stats like how many hours you've played, highest scoring word, highest scoring game, etc.

    It's a great game for Scrabble enthusiast and novices. Highly recommended....more info
  • For DSI
    I first played this game on the DS and I almost immediately noticed that there was a glitch with the tiles sticking. I also noticed that when I select an option it would go to something else. I initially thought something was wrong with the DS so I tried to play it on another DS and still the same problem existed. I played it on my DSI today and it is perfect! No glitches and the tiles stick perfectly. So my guess is that this game was made with the DSI in mind not the DS. This game clearly is not for the DS it is for the DSI. I would not waste time playing this game on the DS. When playing on the DSI this game is loads of fun. I cant wait to set up my wifi on the DSI and play with other people....more info
  • NONE of the problems in other reviews
    While I've never heard the music/sfx (I play mine muted) I think this game is very fun and eliminates the frustrations of human players. Nobody wants to play me generally because they assume they are going to lose- real bummer for a Scrabble lover.
    I've noticed that during each tile placement the spot it will be placed will glow red before you let go with the stylus. Once in a while I won't be paying attention and it won't place but it generally gives me no problem whatsoever. Besides, it is very easy (double-tap) to zoom the screen for ensured placement precision.
    This game replaces any "Travel Editions" from the stone age for me...no losing tiles, parts, etc.
    If you are a vocabulary buff that enjoys the unending possibilities of puzzle fun this is for you! I'd let my friends borrow it but it's been in my system since it's release date!
    Other plusses:

    -Three game modes for extra fun twist: Classic, Slam, or Speed

    -Offers training in case you would like to brush up, learn new strategies for optimizing scores

    -Adjustable AI (computer player) with several attainable comfort levels of skill play (1-6)

    -Shows you what skills you have excelled in after each game

    -Give you game statistics of your own averages of game play

    -There are several different adjustable options to offer a relaxed game mode or different time limits for a challenge, recyclable blanks, extra challenge, optional dictionary/two word suggestion list access or hints

    -You can rack up skill points to increase your ranking, which I think adds a little something extra to work for that rewards you for all your hours of fun

    It was well worth the money, I seriously can't see myself wanting to trade this in- ever....more info
  • One Jumpy Game!
    This was the first time I ever pre-ordered a game; I was so excited that Scrabble was coming out for the DS. I started playing as soon as it arrived. I became frustrated pretty quickly with the whole placement of the tiles thing. I really thought it was just my DS which has seen a good amount of use. Thought my touch screen was getting worn out or something. I'm glad to see others are having the same issue, only because it means it's not just me! You try to place a letter on a particular square and more often than not, it jumps around somewhere else. It's spastic! I'm getting used to it now and I actually try to touch the square with the point of my instrument while placing the tile, which seems to give it a better chance of staying where I put it! This is a pretty serious glitch.

    I really think they could have done a better job with the graphics and the colors. To make other schemes unlockables is a drag. And the music! Ick!

    I give it three stars because I just love the game so much, just not this particular format. I'm really surprised by EA for releasing this out to the market when it doesn't seem ready. ...more info
  • A challenge for all Scrabble lovers
    I have long loved to play Scrabble. Now I am challenged anytime I wish. The game has many options--one to suit any level player....more info
  • Excellent Game!!
    Overall, this is a great portable game!!! Barring the slight inconvenience with tile placement, I'm still addicted. Having the 2 letter words and dictionary right there is priceless. It even has the newest word..QI. ...more info
  • no scrabbling for someone to play with me
    I've always loved playing Scrabblle but rarely can I find a partner to play with. Now that I'm getting on in years my vocabulary and spelling skills have dwindled down pathetically. I like to play with my Ds at bedtime as a way to wind down and fall asleep but solitaire and the other games I was playing were getting kind of boring. HOORAY!!! Here comes Scrabble for DS! I almost didn't get this based on other reviews about the difficulty of the tile placement. I'm really glad I went for it. The only time I've experienced the stylus difficulties described by others is when I had excessive light shining on the screen, when my stylus tip was bent (how'd THAT happen)and when my screen protector was so worn out and scratched that none of my games were playing right. I have had this game for about 3 weeks and now play at least 3 games a day as well as weekly training sessions. My spelling and vocabulary are increasing as well as my communication skills when "out in the real world." I have yet to find it boring as I change my opponents and their skill levels frequently. I have also played a number of games with others using DS download play. I am usually miffed when my computer opponent plays some weird word like a unit of jewish measurement or a strange spelling or a common word I would never have thought acceptable but turnabout is fair play, so I just file it away for use should I get stuck and need to play some bizarre combination. I particularly like the fact that the definition is shown for the word that was most recently played. I've already logged over 40 hours of playtime in and, now that I think of it, I'd rather play Scrabble than write reviews so ...later!...more info
  • Scrabble DS Game
    Easy enough for beginners; challenging enough for Scrabble lovers. Just a fun game overall....more info
  • LOVE IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!!
    This game is so addictive! I've been playing it so much...the other games stay in their cases!

    As for the "tiles" issues that some people are having... you know where you think you have the tile, try to put it in place and then it just "falls". I HAD the same issue. But I discovered the "cure" by accident. I got new screen sheet protectors right around the same time I got the game. I try to change them out frequently as they get scratched pretty bad. (take a look at the screen up close and from the side...yuck!) VOILA!!! No more falling tiles. Give it a try before giving up on this cool game!...more info
  • Red Sox Rob Reviews Scrabble for DS
    The point-and-drag system of placing tiles is cumbersome and hit-or-miss. Often the desired tile snaps back to the rack or to some random space on the board. I got used to it after a while, but my wife and scrabble partner won't even play with me it's so frustrating for her. Also, the newly added word "za" is apparently in the dictionary, but does not appear in the list of 2- letter words. The AI used this fact to hose me, playing the word that I thought was not valid based on the 2-letter word list. Boooo! It's still Scrabby, so it's still great, but the PC version from several years ago is still the prefered one in our house. EA's DS program needs some tweaking......more info
  • DS's AI vis-a-vis SCRABBLE for the PC's Maven, etc.
    SCRABBLE for the Nintendo DS is the second electronic version of SCRABBLE I've played. I've also played SCRABBLE for PC Windows and its infamous "Maven" artificial intelligence (AI) player. I therefore can't help but draw comparisons to see how far SCRABBLE has come in the e-gaming world.

    First, the AI player for the DS version is a kinder and gentler opponent. It does not audibly gloat (chuckle or give the raspberry) after it makes 7-letter bingos or scores above, say, 60 points on its way to ALMOST inevitably trouncing players. (More about ALMOST later.)

    Ever polite, the DS Lite version displays a bursting star on the screen when you make a bingo: "50+ points"..."Excellent!"

    But SCRABBLE for the DS has a big problem for seasoned players.

    They will be bored playing any level below 5. In fact, Level 5--although it does play 7-letter bingos--too often makes clumsy use of its tiles.

    And going from playing Level 5 to playing Level 6 is noticeably harder! The Level 6 AI scores multiple bingos in every game and seems to acquire a fortuitous combination of consonants and vowels. I've marveled at its "luck" while staring at the three Us, two Is, and two Os on my rack.

    I read somewhere, perhaps it was in Stefan Fatsis's bestseller _Word Freak,_ that players suspected Maven of cheating. I know for certain that Maven was able to see my rack and was therefore able to thwart my plays.

    A healthy bit of paranoia makes me think that the DS's Level 6 AI is cheating, too, but in a different way or ways. It seems to place tiles where I am about to place them, for maximum points. Sure, this simply may be a matter of both of us seeing a good spot on the board; however, Level 6 has done this for a scant amount of points on its behalf.

    It seems, too, that the DS's Level 6 player is able to pick from the bag the tiles it needs to score the maximum amount of points per turn.

    Also, I have never seen Level 6 trade in any tiles, a practice not uncommon even during human tournament play. (For the record, Maven exchanges tiles.)

    If Level 6 has an Achilles heel, I have yet to find it.

    On to the training exercises...

    The DS version has a training mode. This is fine, although I wonder why the training sessions are limited to 1 minute, after which the screen abruptly states, "You got X number of words right" and moves on. Why the 1-minute limit?

    I also have several peeves with the DS's SCRABBLE dictionary, which claims to be "...the Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary." (See the back of the box.)

    Probably because of the game's "E" rating, the game would not allow me to play TURD, even though this word is in the OSPD and in other references such as _The SCRABBLE Word-Building Book_ (comp. by Saleem Ahmed).

    Also, weirdly, it would not allow me to play FEATURETTE, which I know is a perfectly acceptable word.

    This kind of human-AI interaction can be frustrating, especially when you see it put down ZA (for pizza) or URANIUMS.

    Uraniums? I thought that "uranium" was the plural of uranium. It is, after all, an element.

    As other reviewers have suggested, playing SCRABBLE on such a small footprint as the DS Lite takes some getting used to for those who think of the board game or even the PC versions of this game. For example, several times I have inadvertently passed my turn without intending to, and moving letters around on the rack is cumbersome.

    I'll probably play this game more; however, its AI software needs to be modified to create a more credible opponent for the advanced player.

    Oh, and unlike the DS's Level 6, Maven didn't ALWAYS beat me.
    ...more info
  • Needs a Better AI Player
    This would be a great game if only the computer you play against would stop making 2 letter words all the time. I have mine set for most difficult and still get 2 letter words to play off of. Any die-hard scrabble fan would not enjoy this....more info
  • DS's AI vis-a-vis SCRABBLE for the PC's Maven, etc.
    SCRABBLE for the Nintendo DS is the second electronic version of SCRABBLE I've played. I've also played SCRABBLE for PC Windows and its infamous "Maven" artificial intelligence (AI) player. I therefore can't help but draw comparisons to see how far SCRABBLE has come in the e-gaming world.

    First, the AI player for the DS version is a kinder and gentler opponent. It does not audibly gloat (chuckle or give the raspberry) after it makes 7-letter bingos or scores above, say, 60 points on its way to ALMOST inevitably trouncing players. (More about ALMOST later.)

    Ever polite, the DS Lite version displays a bursting star on the screen when you make a bingo: "50+ points"..."Excellent!"

    But SCRABBLE for the DS has a big problem for seasoned players.

    They will be bored playing any level below 5. In fact, Level 5--although it does play 7-letter bingos--too often makes clumsy use of its tiles.

    And going from playing Level 5 to playing Level 6 is noticeably harder! The Level 6 AI scores multiple bingos in every game and seems to acquire a fortuitous combination of consonants and vowels. I've marveled at its "luck" while staring at the three Us, two Is, and two Os on my rack.

    I read somewhere, perhaps it was in Stefan Fatsis's bestseller _Word Freak,_ that players suspected Maven of cheating. I know for certain that Maven was able to see my rack and was therefore able to thwart my plays.

    A healthy bit of paranoia makes me think that the DS's Level 6 AI is cheating, too, but in a different way or ways. It seems to place tiles where I am about to place them, for maximum points. Sure, this simply may be a matter of both of us seeing a good spot on the board; however, Level 6 has done this for a scant amount of points on its behalf.

    It seems, too, that the DS's Level 6 player is able to pick from the bag the tiles it needs to score the maximum amount of points per turn.

    Also, I have never seen Level 6 trade in any tiles, a practice not uncommon even during human tournament play. (For the record, Maven exchanges tiles.)

    If Level 6 has an Achilles heel, I have yet to find it.

    On to the training exercises...

    The DS version has a training mode. This is fine, although I wonder why the training sessions are limited to 1 minute, after which the screen abruptly states, "You got X number of words right" and moves on. Why the 1-minute limit?

    I also have several peeves with the DS's SCRABBLE dictionary, which claims to be "...the Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary." (See the back of the box.)

    Probably because of the game's "E" rating, the game would not allow me to play TURD, even though this word is in the OSPD and in other references such as _The SCRABBLE Word-Building Book_ (comp. by Saleem Ahmed).

    Also, weirdly, it would not allow me to play FEATURETTE, which I know is a perfectly acceptable word.

    This kind of human-AI interaction can be frustrating, especially when you see it put down ZA (for pizza) or URANIUMS.

    Uraniums? I thought that "uranium" was the plural of uranium. It is, after all, an element.

    As other reviewers have suggested, playing SCRABBLE on such a small footprint as the DS Lite takes some getting used to for those who think of the board game or even the PC versions of this game. For example, several times I have inadvertently passed my turn without intending to, and moving letters around on the rack is cumbersome.

    I'll probably play this game more; however, its AI software needs to be modified to create a more credible opponent for the advanced player.

    Oh, and unlike the DS's Level 6, Maven didn't ALWAYS beat me.
    ...more info
  • Better than PC Versions of Scrabble
    This Nintendo DS version of Scrabble has a better dictionary and is faster than the PC Scrabble games I've tried. So far it has not rejected any legitimate words, and I appreciate the definitions it gives after a word is accepted. ...more info
  • Great portable version of Scrabble
    EA/Hasbro really have made a great version of portable Scrabble. The touchscreen mechanics work very well and the mini-games are fun. The best part is being able to play "Hot Seat" mode where you can play against someone on one DS. It's great fun for me and my wife....more info
  • DS Scrabble review
    Being a big Scrabble fan, I had to purchase the DS game and try it out. I really enjoy playing the game on the DS and I can take it anywhere with me. My grandkids get mad at me sometimes because Grandma is "hogging" the DS. I gave this game 5 stars and I think it deserves it. ...more info
  • Insanely addictive!
    I truly love this game. I have been a huge fan of Scrabble for decades and while I enjoy playing it against human players with a regular game board, I have much more enjoyed playing it in video game form against computer opponents. With my fiercely competitive nature, this is the best way for me to play. With the DS version, it truly satisfies that need. This is a very simple to play game but really can be challenging against computer opponents (which I will refer to as AI). I love how when the AI (or myself) plays a word it will show you a brief definition after the play is complete. How many times have you played Scrabble against an AI and thought "that's not a word!!" - Well this at least proves me wrong! Also in doing that it expands my vocabulary which is a huge bonus in future rounds. The board is a bit tiny on the screen, though visible, and if you want to zoom in on the board, you just double click the screen. Placement of tiles is fast and easy and there are no problems with that. Shuffling them in your rack is as simple as clicking a shuffle button. Before starting a game, it gives you a wide variety of options such as AI difficulty, dictionary availability, timer on/off, etc. Another nice feature is the stats tracking. As you play more and more, you will find it keeps track of things like how many hours you have played, what your highest score is, your average score, etc. And it also lets you rank up as you play, which rewards you with an ever-changing (or improving) avatar, and bonus Scrabble boards to unlock, among other things. As if all that was not enough, it has these "training" games that allows you to hone your quick thinking skills in 3 different ways. One in particular that I find myself playing over and over again is where it gives you a set of letters and you have to make as many words as you can with them in 1 minute. Some of the letters will be really hard to work with and the challenge is both fun and good for increasing your skill at Scrabble.
    All in all this game is packed with features that keep it fresh and entertaining, all the while making for a very satisfying game of Scrabble, anytime, anywhere, alone or with friends. Scrabble is a timeless classic that never grows old or boring, and it is a perfect fit for the Nintendo DS. One last thing I should mention - although a regular game of Scrabble tends to only run about 15 minutes for me on this, it does come with a save game feature too, so if you are playing it and need to quickly stop, you can resume your game later!
    They thought of everything! :)This game is a winner!...more info
  • All by myself!
    This game is just like the real Scrabble and I thought it was a little difficult. It fets a little boring after a while playing by yourself. I mean you play against the computer but still it is like playing the game by yourself. Despite all this, I still find myself grabbing the game or wanting to play it. Very Addicting also.
    I would definitely recommend it to those Scrabble players who have a love for the game. ...more info
  • Helps pass the time
    In general I quite like playing Scrabble, so when I saw this game I was interested in playing it. When playing this game I enjoy it however there isn't anything special to it. Its quite simple and straight forward. I mostly play classic scrabble, if I need to pass a little time over it tends to do the job. I wouldn't go out of my way to play this game, but if there's nothing better to do, then why not ;)

    I find the actual game play very easy to pick up, as of yet I haven't had any problems with it....more info
  • somewhat childish presentation and related quirks
    Let me just start off by saying that you can play right away at the hardest level of difficulty against the computer and that offers a very strong challenge for an adult. And one level below that is a good challenge for a typical adult too. But the general graphical presentation is for kids. It doesnt ruin the game, but its annoying too. If you start the game at level one you will be amused how poorly the AI plays. It will play 2 letter words like "in" and "on" over and over again!
    ...more info
  • Frustrating
    I have had a Nintendo DS for a few years now and have been waiting patiently for someone to release a Scrabble game. Now that it is here I am frustrated and disappointed. I don't mind that the game is basic. I only wanted to be able to play the classic version. I do wish they had included wifi capability. It would be great to be able to compete with other people around the country if I choose to. The gameplay is very poor. My DS is in good condition and I calibrated it but I still have problems placing letters. I tried moving slowly, even got a new stylus but that only helped slightly. I think they were too hasty releasing the game. They had to have found out about this problem in testing. I have other puzzle games that do not have this problem. I'm not sure this game was worth the money for how frustating it is....more info
  • DS Scrabble
    Excellent! I waited a long time for this and asked my hubby for a DS for my birthday just so I could get this game! I'm addicted!...more info

 

 
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