Wordfeud is a free, ad-supported game for Google Android which should be awfully familiar to anyone who has ever played Scrabble. The board layout is a little different, but the gameplay is pretty much the same. You get 7 tiles and you have to place them on aboard to form words. You can use double letter, triple letter, double word and triple word score spaces to increase your score. And even the letter distribution and point values are pretty similar to Scrabble.
As such, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Hasbro issue a complaint at some point. But until that happens, Wordfeud is a pretty fun way to kill some time on an Android phone. On the other hand, Wordfeud is a lot like the popular Words with Friends app available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, so maybe it’s got a shot.
The only down side is that there’s no play against the computer mode. You can either challenge a friend to a game or play against a random user somewhere else in the world. And that can lead to some rather slow gameplay depending on who you end up at a table with. But Wordfeud lets you play up to 20 games at once, which can definitely speed things up a bit.
There’s also a built-in chat function if you want to send messages to your opponent.
The game is ad-supported, which means that after every few turns you’ll see a full screen ad and you need to click a skip button to get back to the game.
Update: Zynga has announced it’s bringing Words With Friends to Android. While WordFeud has a bit a head start on the platform, I suspect Zynga’s popular iOS game will give it a run for its money.