Zynga today released Scramble With Friends, a Boggle-like mobile game where you unscramble words from a set of 16 letters.It’s the latest in Zynga’s “With Friends” series. The series includes Hanging With Friends and, more famously, the Scrabble-like Words With Friends game (that incidentally also got Alec Baldwin kicked off a flight to New York).
It’s pretty simple. You have a board of 16 letters arranged in 4 columns and 4 rows. You then drag your finger across to match adjacent letters and make words. You get points based on which letters you use — a T is worth one point while a J is worth 10. You have two minutes to decipher as many words as possible.
Like Zynga’s other mobile games, you can buy power ups that will give you more time or reveal words on the screen. You play against opponents in three rounds, each of which is worth more points as you progress through.
The With Friends series was traditionally developed by its McKinney team in Dallas, Texas. But this game was developed out of the company’s San Francisco office. It still looks the same as Zynga’s other “With Friends” games — even the letters are worth the same number of points.
“I think we’re going to keep consistency where it makes sense and for usability purposes,” Scramble With Friends general manager Ya-Bin Chu told Business Insider. “That’s tested really well with our focus groups and people tell us they love the games.”
It’s not available on Android or the iPad yet, but that’s coming soon, Chu said.