I bought Scrabble for the iPhone (warning: iTunes link — actually I didn’t get that exact one, I got the one in the Australian iTunes store, which includes English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) on sale last week. I was pretty impressed with the interface, the ease of play and the general enjoyment of the game, until I got to the hard level…
There are three playing levels: easy, normal and hard. Normal is pretty easy to win — easy enough that I win every time — but hard has so far been impossible to win. The computer almost doubles my score every time, and it’s not just because my vocabulary isn’t extensive enough, the bloody thing makes up words!
Check out these screenshots: I checked every one of these highlighted words in the Scrabble Dictionary and also the Oxford Dictionary.
I found the language options in the app and selected English. That part of the interface is pretty poor: there is no indication of which language is already selected, except that the menus are also in that language and since my game menus were in English I thought the computer player would be playing by the rules in English. Perhaps that was too much to assume?
Anyway, since double checking the language I’ve played one game on the hard level. It seemed like there were fewer illegal words, but there were still at least a couple.
It sucks the fun out of a game when you know you can’t win because the other playing is cheating! Also, this game really needs an in-game dictionary and possibly a “challenge” feature, because evidently the computer player can’t be trusted.