The next in line to challenge Words With Friends is PeopleFun with Word Chums on iOS, a valiant attempt at adding a few more layers to the word game genre. Welcome to Facebook Game Face-off, a weekly event in which we put two similar Facebook (or Facebook-connected mobile) games to the test based on three criteria, and leave it to the players, to decide. Whip out the dictionaries, judges.
How's the Wordsmithery?Words With Friends has successfully turned one of the most cerebral games around into something palatable and even addictive to the general audience with slightly simpler gameplay and additional features like power-ups. Between that and its turn-based play, players can't but be compelled to rise to the challenge of friends time and again.
Competitive CommiserationYou've heard of the stories by now. Words With Friends has connected people in ways that some hardcore games can only dream of. The turn-based play and chat function have combined to create what is, for some, an instant messenger with a game component, something to always keep the conversation alive.
The "Just One More Turn" EffectFrankly, the simple ability to pass and play on the same device in Words With Friends is a boon for the game. It's features like that that are telling of developer Zynga's (originally Newtoy) true goal behind its game: to bring people together over play. It clearly has more than achieved that goal.
And the Victor Is...Words With Friends. It's by no means the OG of mobile word games, but none has done it better yet. Where Word Chums is concerned with tracking arguably arbitrary levels and coins, Words With Friends gets right to what players come for: communication and commiseration over pure, simple fun. But let's hear what you think:
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