Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Scrabulous on Facebook - Ease of use in the game

If you can't get enough of Scrabulous on Facebook then join the club. Minutes after posting a host for two games players had already nabbed them up.

I'd like to share a little bit about what makes getting in a game so easy. First, let's check out the Scrabulous screen for reference.

Scrabulous Application on Facebook

Okay from left to right in the area just below the Scrabulous logo:
1) New Game - creates a new game and allows the invite of up to three friends to play
2) My Friends - displays all of your contacts that have the Scrabulous application
3) Browse Users - displays a random selection of Scrabulous users
4) Host A Table - brings up the create game interface; it allows the creation of up to 5 hosted tables.
5) Join Open Game - this displays a list of games waiting on opponents - this supports filtering on dictionary, game type, and speed.

If you haven't noticed, all of the important clickies underneath the logo are about getting into a new game or games. They could have easily made this more difficult but instead have made it the easiest thing.

To continue on the easy to use interface, directly beneath those items is a navigation bar series. Items included are Current Games, Email Games, My Statistics, Global Statistics, My Bingos, Settings, and Completed Games.

The only option perhaps not totally obvious is My Bingos. That option shows your highest scoring 7 tile plays.

Overall, the ease of use for Scrabulous, specifically the one-click to game, makes it my favorite application on Facebook.

Do give it a try at http://apps.facebook.com/scrabulous/.

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