Ruzzle for Android review: Ruzzle rules the word-puzzle genre

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.7
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 10.0
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The Good Ruzzle strips away the coins and power-ups that litter Scramble With Friends, and offers gameplay that is closer to that of the classic Boggle.

The Bad It sometimes takes several minutes to find new opponents. A Smart Match feature similar to Scramble's would be nice.

The Bottom Line If you like word games or puzzles, then Ruzzle is one of the best available. But consider getting the ad-free and more feature-packed premium version.

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Similar to the classic word game Boggle, Ruzzle consists of a four-by-four grid of letters. Your job as the player is to use sequentially adjacent letters to create as many words as you can in 2 minutes. Words can be oriented diagonally, horizontally, or vertically, and can even change directions to form "L" or "V" shapes. Of course, what sets Ruzzle apart from Boggle is that you can compete online against players from around the world.

As you find words in Ruzzle, just swipe your finger across the letters to record them. Each letter offers a specific number of points, and some letters offer double and even triple-point bonuses. What makes Ruzzle (and Boggle) fun is that it pits you not only against other players, but also against yourself, as a major objective is to beat your own high scores. There are also Achievements that you can unlock when you find extremely high-scoring words or do exceptionally well in a particular round.

Right off the bat, avid mobile gamers will probably notice that Ruzzle appears to be a carbon copy of Zynga's Boggle-like offering Scramble With Friends. While it's certainly true that the two mobile games are very much alike, they also have some major differences that are worth pointing out.

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Ruzzle Free for Android

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  • Category Games
  • Compatibility Android
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Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.