Zynga reboots Words With Friends for iPhone and iPad with more features

Zynga is rebooting one of its most well known and popular games, Words With Friends, with an update for the iPhone and iPad that not only adds some new features but also changes the name of the game slightly to New Words With Friends.

Here's what's new in the game

  • Solo Play – As the most requested new feature, players now have a way to practice on their own without a direct opponent and without an Internet connection. Solo Play adjusts to a player's level, so winning a game is within reach, yet still challenging.
  • Community Match – Looking for the ultimate opponent? Community Match provides players with a personalized way to find more opponents and opportunities to play more games. 'Opt-in' to browse profile cards that showcase stats and photos of potential new opponents and then tap or swipe to start a game. Players can choose to 'opt-out' at any time. In addition to Community Match, players can still enjoy the Smart Match feature to find new opponents.
  • Dictionary and Word of the Day – Build your vocabulary and learn the meaning of more than 170,000 words in the Words With Friends lexicon using the new Dictionary feature including definitions, audio pronunciation, and a word's frequency of play. Word of the Day presents a new word each day directly on the main screen to expand players' vocabularies and word savviness. Dictionary and Word of the Day are powered by Dictionary.com, the leading online and mobile dictionary.
  • Profile and Stats – Present your game face and show-off your victories with new Profiles and Stats. Players can now track their all-time playing history including high score, number of games completed, and their average word score. Player Profiles also enable players to compare their stats with friends and recent opponents in a fun, animated format.

Do these new features, especially the single player game mode, make you want to play this game again?

John Callaham

I have been writing professionally about technology and gaming news for 14 years.