For millions upon millions of mobile device owners, Zynga's Words With Friends is as important a function of their mobile device as sending text messages or browsing the web. It's basically Scrabble that you can play practically anytime or anywhere with people from across the globe, even when you're pooping. What a world we live in. Today, Zynga has introduced a massive revamp to the game and rebranded it New Words With Friends [Free]. What's new about it? First and foremost is a Solo Play option that lets you square off against an AI opponent even if you don't have an internet connection, something I've been dying for forever.

There's also a new Community Match feature which lets you browse through a list of potential players and choose which one you want to take on. It'll display their skill levels compared to yours, and their photo and location (if they've enabled that) so you can have more of an idea of who you're playing. The normal auto-matching is still there too, if you want to go that route. The game now features an in-game dictionary for when you need help defining a word, and if you want you'll be shown a Word of the Day to help you expand your vocabulary. There's also all sorts of cool stats and a gauge that tells you how rare or difficult a certain word is.

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New Words With Friends is free to download and shows a banner ad at the bottom, but I *believe* that if you previously owned the original paid version and you log in with your same account it will automatically disable ads for you. I haven't played in quite a while and I don't remember what my original login was to test this. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's currently an option to disable the ads via an IAP in New Words With Friends, and both the free and paid versions of the original app are now off the App Store. If you have any luck with the game disabling ads for you, let us know.

The ad issue aside, this is a wonderful update to one of the most popular mobile games ever, and I can already tell New Words With Friends will get me sucked back into the habit of playing this game all the time, for better or for worse.

  • Zenfar

    So Words without Friends? Words with Her ?

  • Rodnutz

    I haven't played yet but in regards to ads when I installed it I received a message that since I purchased the paid version of the old app I wouldn't see any ads.

    • diovivente

      I got the same message.

      • Rodnutz

        Just started a match.... 2 turns in so far and absolutely no ads. Really liking this update so far.

        My only gripe at the moment is the Community Match seems to not be working correctly. I usually don't turn on location services for many apps but I would very curious for this game in hopes of making a connection with people in my area or possible bumping into old friends who I know play. The problem is I live in NYC and selected only nearby opponents. The results in getting is mind boggling. I'm getting opponents from Colorado, Utah, Phoenix, even a profile that said Netherlands... Basically everything but local plays pop up.

        Hopefully it's just a bug and is fixed in the next update.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        I am too. I think it might be that just not a lot of people have the game yet so it's like REALLY reaching in terms of its definition of "local" 😛

  • defunct32

    Used to play this a lot.

  • metalcasket

    The App Store trailer states that an in-app purchase to remove third party ads is coming soon. 😉

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Oh yay, good catch!

  • John

    So it's basically a dating app now. Guys will keep scrolling through users until they find a hot chick to play with, haha.

  • http://AGameAWeek.com/ James Gamble

    Maybe I just haven't had any proper notifications, yet, but it seems the "your move" notifications are now completely silent, which.. Pretty much kills the point of having notifications..

  • skip loggins

    What about the PAID version?

  • pinOi32

    Smells like a fart in a crowded elevator

  • xzeldax3

    This is what Fruit Ninja should have done with their last update.