Crossword puzzles, Scrabble and word games in general have always been a popular pastime. With such success, these games have been copied and tweaked over and over, each hoping to become just as popular as their predecessors. One such variation, AbbleDabble by Coresoft Inc, takes Scrabble’s concept and adds an abundance of extras that promise a highly intense, interactive word puzzle game.
Users must begin by logging in or creating an account. Tap the button in the top right corner to do both, entering a username, email address and password when creating a new account. The main screen will provide two buttons for adjusting your gaming settings. Account Settings allows users to change their username, email address, and password, or they may logout while on this screen. Game Options allows users to adjust the sound effects volume, auto zoom settings, view the credits, and access the Help section. The Help section will teach users the ins-and-outs of game play, including word formation rules, scoring rules and ending game rules.
Across the top of the main screen, users will find a number of tabs linking them to news from the developer, leaderboards, more games by the developer and the Tell A Friend option. To begin a game, return to the top right corner and tap the New Game button. A Quick Match will allow you to start or join any 2-player game. Users may also design their own Custom Game. Users may pick between one and four players, or opt for Sandbox mode, which is a special single player mode that presents gamers with an unlimited number of chances to trade their letters and create the highest scoring word and game.
For these custom games, users may select random opponents or invite their friends to join. Under more options, gamers can enable bonus patterns, bonus tile movement, tile selection (random, balanced, any), and the standard dictionary. Here, users may also restore the default settings.
As crazy as it sounds, users can play up to 25 games at a time with the option to chat right within the game. Considering their server promises lightning speed service, users can also set the pace for any and all of their games. The real-time spell check feature doesn’t hurt, either. However, presented as some sort of enhanced Scrabble – if the name doesn’t allude to it, I don’t know what does – AbbleDabble supports the theory that less is more, for the added features merely make the developer seem desperate to differentiate the game from its more famous counterpart. With AbbleDabble, users have so many options and so many ways to distract themselves that this overabundance may detract from the true word puzzle experience.
AbbleDabble [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.