Scrabble Original - PC

Also known as: Scrabble Original: New Edition

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Scrabble Original (PC)
Also for: GBA, PlayStation
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Board Game
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Runecraft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 30 Nov 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
No Accessories: No Accessories


Thanks to Runecraft and Ubi Soft, an all-new version of Scrabble is to be released on PC. Admittedly, it’s the same old Scrabble, but it comes with stunning presentation and still offers a classic playing experience. Look at it this way, at least you won’t lose any tiles.

For the few people who don’t know the rules of Scrabble, here they are. You will be given seven lettered tiles with which you must formulate the highest scoring word possible. Clearly, letters such as X and Z have a greater value, but the quantity of legitimate words that use such letters is limited. Once you’ve chosen your word, you must place it on the board in a horizontal or vertical fashion. Certain spaces on the board contain score boosters that will increase the value of your chosen word. Triple Word Score is particularly useful. Your letter supply will then be replenished and you must repeat the process once your opponent has placed his word on the board. Whoever scores the most points after all letters have been exhausted is the winner. That’s really all there is to it.

The PC version comes with several themed backgrounds and playing boards that help to give a little extra variety. Scrabble has also been rendered in full 3D and boasts a series of camera views that enable the player to zoom in and out of the screen. It’s a nice touch.

As usual, up to four contenders can participate in a single game of Scrabble, whether they are computer controlled or friends from next door and beyond. The game is highly customisable, and as far as Scrabble goes, this is the ultimate version. It even clears away the tiles for you when you're done playing!