Words Salad

I have an Android phone, so up until recently, I’ve had to scratch my fake-Scrabble itch with a game called WordFeud. It’s been good, but it seems like you can’t be alive without hearing about how great and amazing the fake-Scrabble game for the iPhone is.

Well, now we Androiders can enjoy the same game as those iPhoners (and play against them) in rousing rounds of Words with Friends. That’s right, there’s now an Android version!

I do have to wonder, though: does the iPhone version not allow you to shuffle the letter tiles in your tray? I’ve gotten used to that WordFeud feature. Oh, and can you set a specific ringtone to let you know when it’s your turn? Because the Android version of WwF doesn’t have that. Although they do have sound effects when you play. I guess there were some complaints about those sound effects, because right after the game came out, an update came out that included the ability to turn sounds off.

Oh, and does it crash every other time you use it on the iPhone? Just wondering. Because it’s the only app that’s ever crashed on my phone.

Also! How long did it take you iPhone users to figure out that to delete old finished games, you have to gently swipe your finger over the game in a leftward fashion until a red “delete” button pops up? Or is that a standard iThing that you all knew about already? Perhaps I’m just silly, looking for some kind of delete feature on the menu.

Oh, and do you iPhone users get a menu? We don’t have that.

Lastly, I want to praise a feature that makes me laugh. It’s when Words with Friends puts two game boards on top of each other, so that you have to pop out and then back in a few times until it gets its words straight. I don’t know if it’s a bug or a feature … or maybe just one of those sneaky “rearhax”.

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  1. It’s not that WwF is better, just more widespread. Actually, I hear more about how good WordFeud is. I checked to see if it’s on iPhone, it’s not – I kind of wish it was!

    Ok, here we go.

    The iPhone version supposedly has a shuffle feature, you’re supposed to shake the phone. It’s not very good. Most of the time I just sit there shaking it and nothing happens and it just makes me angry. And then other times I’m playing while I’m in bed and I roll over and it shuffles.

    I have no idea if it lets you set a ringtone when it’s your turn because I turned off notifications to conserve battery, plus I’m only going to play when I have time anyway. I’m guessing not, though. The iPhone lets you set custom ringtones for, well, ringtones, but for pretty much everything else, it’s kind of a nazi about letting you change the sounds. There’s a good reason every person on the planet with an iPhone has the same three sounds for incoming texts. It drives me crazy when we’re out at somewhere with a lot of people, like maybe Disney World, because I’m always grabbing for my phone because someone ELSE just got texted. Haha and that was a much longer explanation than I had intended, sorry 🙂

    Mine crashes every so often, but probably less than 10% of the time. I just restart it back up and don’t really lose much time. It doesn’t really bug me.

    The swiping for a delete button is standard iPhone procedure. It works like that in all the apps.

    I wouldn’t really call what I have a “menu”. There’s a list of games which are my move, their move, and then finished games. Oh, there’s an account settings button, but that seems to just be my login info.

    Haha, I’ve never seen the two screens merging thingie before. I kind of like it, there are all kinds of new and interesting words there! Pinchgaga!


    missy Reply:

    Oh my god, this reply is epic! I have to admit, several of my questions were sarcastic (in that I know the features are missing on WwF). Like the notification sounds.

    For the record, WordFeud is really good. I wish you iPeople could play it! What I mean as far as menu is: on the main screen, where you’re looking at your active games and which ones are your turn vs. the other guy, I can hit the menu button (which is one of the built-in buttons on the phone itself). I get options to delete all completed games, start a new game, as well as a settings screen. In the settings, you can set your little profile picture icon, set your notification ringtone for when it’s your turn, and turn on/off the blinking LED light and the vibrate function when it notifies you that it’s your turn. Since I’m used to them, I miss most of those things with WwF.

    It never would have occured to me to shake the phone in order to shuffle the tiles. But apparently they’ve built that into the Android version, too. I just told Scott about it, and he’s flailing his phone around like it’s on fire. Seems to work. I only discovered the delete method after going through several pages of Google results for “how do I delete old games of words with friends” — most of them just said, “swipe on the game!” I finally found one that detailed the leftward motion necessary.

    But of course, Apple products are so much easier to use, right? 🙂


  2. Last night I actually turned notifications on just to see what it would do. It plays the same sound that it makes when you play a word. I kept constantly thinking my phone was freaking out and had to turn it off!

    I’m serious though, I want my screens to randomly merge! I used to want a language made up entirely of typos, I may have to include Android Words with Friends mergeybugs too.


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