April 13th is National Scrabble Day, and with word games on the rise now, thanks to the great success of wordleHasbro and Mattel have teamed up with game developer Scopely to release a new web-based version of the game in scrabble.com.
Scrabble.com offers PvP matches against players from all over the world, as well as PvE action when you’re in mode to test yourself against the computer. The game will support matchmaking against players of various abilities, a blog and forum where players can chat and learn from experts, and of course the official Scrabble Dictionary and an anagram solver that provides instant access to over four million words and Definitions. In the future, the developers also plan to incorporate a tournament mode for high-level matches.
Scrabble was officially invented in 1948, although it was rooted in a game called Lexiko invented by Alfred Mosher Butts over a decade earlier. It didn’t really catch fire until a few years later, but it’s been a staple board game ever since, and also the subject of some daytime television shows. A national Scrabble tournament has been held every year since 1978 (the finals were broadcast on the American sports network ESPN for a few years), and was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Game in 2004.
More recently, interest in simple, easy-to-play word games has increased thanks to Wordle, the free word game that burst onto the scene in January. Wordle is more Mastermind than Scrabble, but it generates a similar sense of being smart in a fun, accessible way: smart enough to be fun, but not so smart as to be off-putting.
“The popularity of word games validates and demonstrates something we’ve always known: word games are beloved experiences and play an important role in the lives of many people around the world,” said Beth Nations, vice president of growth for casual games. from Scopely. “For Scopely, the rise of Wordle just helps remind people how much they love word games.”
The new free-to-play Scrabble is now available at scrabble.com. Enjoy some pro tips from Scrabble World Champion Will Anderson (and a cute infographic) below, and be sure to check out our list of 10 Other Great Games Like Wordle that you should add to your daily playlist.