It seems as though we’re nearing a revolution in mobile gaming. With the preponderance of app stores, we’re seeing more and more games available to people. We’re also seeing more games with remote multiplayer functions, so you can play friends, or even a random stranger, over your mobile connection. We’re also seeing more tie-ins with social services. All of this is why I think that games like WordRival will get even better in the near future. But it’s still an excellent game now. I installed it yesterday and it was a great way to kill a long train ride. There’s no need to explain the game in depth. It’s essentially along the lines of Scrabble, where you take the letters in your hand and build off existing tiles to create new words. It even has the bonus squares. The best feature, I think, is that there is no single player mode. There’s no matching up against some second-rate AI. You have to face someone else. Which, of course, can be a problem if no one is waiting to play. But with some more advancements in mobile gaming we could certainly see robust communities for games like this. OpenFeint is already bringing together mobile gamers on different platforms. Facebook is another way people can match up for games like this. Integrating BBM into this Scrabble-like game also seems like an ideal usage. Playing with BBM friends and simultaneously trash talking your poindexter vocabulary could provide hours of fun. If you’re looking for some ways to kill time on this Friday, you can get WordRival for $3.99. It will run on BlackBerry devices running OS 5 or higher, both non-touch and touchscreen devices.
Test your vocabulary with Scrabble-like game WordRival
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