From the archives
EDITOR’S NOTE: This Get App-y column, the first one, was originally published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 8, 2010. However, I’m still enjoying this game. Read new Get App-y columns on most Tuesdays in print and online at NewsOK.com/life.
Game can be played on iPod with app
By Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Assistant Features Editor
So many apps, so little time. How can you sort through the thousands of apps in the iTunes store for the ones that will make your life easier, more fun, or both?
I’m here to help. Each week, I’ll feature an app or two that I’m enjoying on my iPod Touch.
App of the week: Words With Friends (Newtoy Inc., $2.99 for the ad-free version but free if you can stand the annoying ads. Works with iPhone and iPod touch with a wi-fi connection).
I should call this entry “addiction of the week.” Since I downloaded it last week (February 2010), I’ve been checking my iPod regularly to see which opponent has made a move on “Words With Friends” so I can take my turn at this Scrabble-like game. One day I was more excited than I should have been that I had the tiles to form the word “enzyme” for 123 points. Hopefully, moments such as that will not always be my day’s highlight.
Play this game back and forth like the famous crossword-style board game. Scrabble players, you know the drill: Take turns playing lettered tiles to form words. New words must be formed from existing words. Earn points for the quality of letters played, and double or triple your score for playing tiles on certain squares.
The beauty of this game is you play it on your own timetable with anyone who has an iPod touch or iPhone. You play your tiles and wait for friends (or strangers) to play theirs, a setup that makes it perfect for busy moms and dads who just have pockets of downtime here and there — in the carpool line, at the doctor’s office.
Play one game or many at the same time. Choose your opponent or find a random one. Chat inside each game if you want to get more personal.
For extra help, download a dictionary app such as dictionary.com (free) so you can know instantly what a strange word such as “qi” means when your friend plays it on a triple word square for 33 points.
If you have an app you’d like me to try out, or if you wish you had one that did a particular task, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.