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Words with Friends (2009) is an online Scrabble game where you take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.

The arrangement of special score multiplier spaces is different to the official Scrabble. You get seven random letters and place them on your go until all 104 tiles have been used. You take turns and can choose to swap tiles or pass.

A letter placed on a DL or TL square doubles or triples the value of that letter on all words formed using that square. Similarly, the DW and TW squares double and triple the value of the new word(s) using that square. If a player uses all seven tiles in a single play (known as a bingo in Scrabble), 35 bonus points are added - this contrasts with the 50 bonus points in Scrabble.

Words with Friends 2 adds timed lightning rounds and more ways to practice and improve. As well as the listed platforms Words With Friends is available on Facebook, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets. On iOS, there is a chat feature built into the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Words With Friends 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Strategy game with Sequencing elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. You can play a solo game against the computer with challenges.

Cross-Platform: Words with Friends can be played across Android, and iOS.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete. Because it's a turn-taking game the total duration varies depending on the gap between goes.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Words With Friends

Web Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
Amazon Fire Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
But does include advertisements on some platforms. You can purchase an add-free version. You can earn coins in the game, and purchase with real money to buy cosmetic items and skip the timer on one-player games. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2009

Price: Free

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy and Sequencing

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Zynga (@Zynga)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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