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Mobile Game Review: Wordly, Brought To You By Scopely

"I just beat William Shakespeare in a game of Words!"

Smart phone users love word games. From Words with Friends to Ruzzle, the number of popular word games on the smart phone app market would make your Scrabble-playing grandmother proud.

The latest in the long line of smart phone word games is Wordly. Wordly is published by Scopely, the same team that brought you Mini Golf MatchUp, Dice With Buddies, and Bubble Galaxy With Buddies.

Like many popular smart phone games, Wordly ( features social game play. Users challenge either friends or random users to a game.

In the game, both users are shown a tile board of letters. Game play is turn-based, so your opponent must make their move in order for you to respond with your own. During each turn, a player makes a word out of the letters shown on the tiles. Unlike Ruzzle or Scramble with Friends, the tiles do not have to be next to each other in order to be used in the same word. If the letter “A” is in the top right corner and “T” is in the bottom left corner, you can still select the tiles to make the word “AT.”

Each time you use a tile, the tile will turn blue. When your opponent uses a tile it turns red. Players can steal tiles from their opponent for use in their own word as long as the tile isn’t surrounded on all sides by tiles that also belong to the opponent. When all the tiles on the board have been used, the game ends. Users get assigned one point per letter, so a six letter word, for example, would net a player six points.

One of Wordly’s best features is the single-player mode. If you’re tired of waiting for a friend or opponent to respond, Wordly features a “Play the Greats” mode in which you can challenge a computer to a game.

"We've introduced a single player campaign to Wordly, which is a pretty unique experience in the word game genre," Creative Director, Travis Chen, told "The player can challenge intellectual greats from throughout history. From Shakespeare, to Einstein, to Edgar Allen Poe and even some odd-ball characters like Frankenstein. It was quite an undertaking to build AI that intelligently plays words and pursues strategies of scaling difficulties. Ultimately, we ended up developing a system where we train our AI opponents with actual prose. While technically challenging, it was also one of the most intellectually stimulating and rewarding areas of the game's development."

As noted, computer opponents include the likes of Shakespeare, Einstein, and Sigmund Freud. Before writing this, I beat Shakespeare. I never thought I’d be able to say I beat The Bard in something involving words, but with Wordly all things are possible.

Wordly is available on both the Apple and Google Play markets. Within 12 hours of launch, it took the #1 spot in the iOS App Store. The game also received 4.5/5 stars on the Apple market, so users really seem to be enjoying the game.

If you like social word games you’ll love Wordly ( The game is free to download, so give it a shot and have some fun with it. Who knows, you might even join the exclusive group of wordsmiths that have challenged Shakespeare and come out on top. 

Disclosure: One investor in OpposingViews is also an investor in Scopely, creator of Wordly.


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