One of the most notorious changes Zynga has ever made to words with friends was adding the word radar power-up that lets you see where you are on the board Place possible words with your current rack. It helps less experienced players to stand up to greats like the elite, and allows players with a whole arsenal of power-ups to defeat their opponents without power-up without remorse.
As a self-proclaimed scrabble nerd I can only hate and love this feature at the same time. It's a great learning tool for those new to competitive wordplay, and it's even better for those of us who are already familiar with the game to improve their skills. For those of us who prefer classic gameplay, using a word radar is just scam. In addition, "Word Strength" and the powerups "Swap +" and "Words with Friends" are simply not fair anymore.
I believe that if you start a game with a friend, a random user or even just the AI, you should be able to choose between classic gameplay and the version with all these super powers in the game. If the other person accepts the challenge, they will immediately see what kind of game it is and what awaits them.
Until that day, I'd fairly suggest chatting with the user you're playing to discuss whether or not you both want to play a classic trust-based game or a no-holds-barred version. If not, be at least respectful of those who hate or have no access to powerups to make the game more even. Otherwise, it's best to use these power-ups against the AI in practice mode to improve my abilities.
Preserving Word Radars
There are many ways to earn or receive word radars in Words with Friends, but instead of reading them all here, I refer you to my guide for more powerups. There are at least five ways to earn them, and of course you can buy them with earned coins or buy real coins to spend on word radars.
Playing a Word Radar
Now You Have Some Word Radars to Play If you're having trouble finding the best word, you can try it in one of your games. Here I can play KNIT for 27 points, but I think I can do it better, and the word strength indicator tells me the same thing.
Whenever Difficult for You Tap the word radar icon (the green icon) during a good turn or game. After that, parts of the board have a green marker that shows you where to place letters.
As you can see, there's a lot of green on the board, but what does it all mean when it comes to it? to find the best word you can play? In my case, I wanted to see how long a word can be played on the right side of the TW tiles (Triple Word) or on a word that falls over both DW tiles (Double Word) FRIT ,
For the TW tile north of the T in FRIT I can say that I can play at least one word with six letters. Whether it could be an eight letter word to obtain these additional 35 points is unclear, as the highlighted square under the T could stand for anything.
T There is not much help there, as this green line could be for horizontal words from TOTING . However, you can see what words you can play TOTING to see if any of them reach the last column. I see GIANT and NAIAD but do not see a five-letter word that I can play from I so I know that one word can be downplayed T in FRIT at least up to this point.
Not much help yet, but these are the types of things to think about while you analyze where you can write letters on the blackboard. Finding out how long words can be is the most important strategy when using a word radar, as you may be able to find a word anywhere with seven letters or more. You get bonus points if you use all the tiles at once.
To see if I can use the two DW tiles simultaneously, this vertical green column can be used for words parallel to FRIT or horizontally played words from JO or AT .
However, if you find that you can not play five- or six-letter words with JO or AT you know that you have at least one four-letter word for a score can play two words. In my case, I can not play anything JO but I can play ATTAIN so I'm still not sure if I can use both DW cards at the same time.
If you move away from this side of the board for a minute, you will notice that they are all the way to the left, there are obvious six-letter words that can be played horizontally with the E in DEEP and ER below. The only double word score we can find there is vertically from PE probably a word beginning with A . The best words I can think of in this area are AKIN for 24 points and DANKER for 22 points, that is not more than the 27 points I first used KNIT [tried.
From DEVOTE you can recognize on a DW card a six-letter word that can be played with E and a three-letter word V but the best word I can find here is INTAKE for 22 points. Still lower than my 27 for KNIT . Below G in TOTING there is a possible DW and TW tile, but the best tile I can think of is INK for 28 Points and AND for 14 points. INK is nice, but the word strength indicator tells me I can do it better.
All these explorations take me back to the right side of the board, where I originally expected to play a nice game. counting word. While the green on the right does not really help me much, the green on the other parts of the board helps me realize that the right side is the right place.
After analyzing these three words and double-word scores that I originally wanted to use, I was still under-represented with the word strength meter, but eventually realized that I NAIAD was not only horizontal from TOTING ] but also parallel to it, which gives me a score not just for one or two words but for a total of four words – NAIAD IN NA and GI – for 39 points.
Although I was unable to get the best possible word, I was able to score 12 more points than I would have done without Word Radar.
But we do not have to stop here. If you want to play Words with Friends better and not just cheat on the top of the ladder, you want to know what you could have played for more points. Tap the blue Hindsight icon (if available) to see the best word you've missed.
In my case it was KAINIT a word I've never heard before. While the Words with Friends built-in dictionary could not tell me what the word meant (the dictionary is relatively useless for dark words), my trusted Scrabble dictionary told me it was a different spelling of KAINITE a kind of mineral salt. New words learned!
Tips for Smart Word Radar Usage
I've just covered the basics of what to look for when using word radars. They are not cheap, so use them wisely. Read through the tips below to take advantage of and even conserve, so that you can earn more points in Words with Friends.
- Always use the word strength indicator first. When you are near the top of the strength meter, you probably will not need to waste word radar.
- If you use a word radar, you can use the word strength meter to measure if you are on the right track finding the best word.
- Do not use word radar unless you are the very first player. Unless, You believe that you have a seven letter word that you can play and want to be sure. That way you will not waste time finding out.
- Use a word radar if you think you can earn bonus points for a word longer than 7 letters, but can not find it yourself.
- When you swap + powerup after a word radar, the word radar is removed. You may need to use a different word radar if you did not get the letters you expected, because the original you were playing is no longer valid because you have new tiles.
- Look for all sorts of games before you use a word radar, especially long words where you can use all your letters, parallel words where you score big points by playing several words at once, and Premium tiles where you can earn two, three, four, and sometimes even nine times your basic number.
- Do not use Word Radars in every game (except in solo play). Use them sparingly. Otherwise, you rely too much on them and your word skills just get worse.
- Word radars can be used in solo challenges, in practice mode, and in solo games with other players, but not in Lightning Rounds.
- Watch out for the Tile Bag, which shows which tiles are still in the bag and which opponents may have. Sometimes playing the biggest word you find with the word radar is not so good as sacrificing a few points and playing something else to block your opponent's turn if you think he's in the next Round Can Score Significantly In this article, use your newly found Word Radar knowledge. Be polite to other players who either do not like to play with powerups or do not have access to them. When it comes to solo playing, use it, because only then can you gain more skill.
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