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Scrabble Review

Developer: Handmark Publisher: Handmark
Release Date: June 21, 2003 Also On: None

Scrabble is a board game where words are formed by using randomly selected tiles. Everybody has played it in one way or another because it’s a great game, plain and simple. Handmark Entertainment has released a Palm OS version of Scrabble and it represents the game beautifully.

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Every aspect of the game has been included in the Palm port of Scrabble. The game board makes up the majority of the screen with the player’s tiles at the bottom and a tools sidebar on the right side of the screen. The interface is nearly perfect and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it.

Little additions have been included to make the game more playable and, more importantly, more enjoyable. Things like the ability to hide your tiles during multiplayer sessions and an included dictionary are perfect additions to the game.

While these things may have been great add-ons when the game was released, it could benefit from an upgrade. Wi-fi/bluetooth multiplayer and Hi-Res+ support would seem to be a perfect fit for this game.

The presentation value is decent, but nothing spectacular. The board is presented nicely with no extra bells or whistles, but rather common Palm sounds, simple beeps and bleeps. Personally, I don’t like listening to Palm sounds, so I always have my Clie muted. I only unmute to listen to the music/sounds for a review.

Scrabble is a classic board game and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Scrabble for the Palm OS is no different so if you’re into the board game at all, this is a must buy for you, but for the common gamer, the twenty dollar price tag may be a little steep.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 5
Gameplay: 8.5
Creativity: 7
Replay Value/Game Length: 9
Final: 7.6
Written by Chris Review Guide