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6 Mistakes Losers Commit When Playing Words with Friends

Updated on April 15, 2013
Tips in Playing Words with Friends
Tips in Playing Words with Friends | Source

Words with Friends is a Scrabble Clone. It has many features which is almost similar with the classic Scrabble. Though, there are some distinct differences, but overall the features of the two games are almost the similar.

The game is created by Zynga and it continues to be one of the most popular and widely played word games. It is interesting to note that most social games has a shelf life, but when it comes to this game, it is amazing how it continues to thrive in the gaming industry. Words with Friends is a household name and many are still addicted in playing this game.

The goal is to create the most number of points. If you can’t keep up with your opponent, you will end up as a loser, thus, in this hub I will share with you 6 mistakes that losers commit when playing Words with Friends. If you know the road to failure, you will surely avoid it.

Losers Rush, Winners Wait

One of the biggest mistakes that losers commit in playing this game is using the first word that comes to their mind without actually looking at the board and the numbers. Words with Friends is not only a game of vocabulary but it is all about math and strategy. Expert players look at the board first and consider how much they can get from that single turn before putting the letter tiles. Winners also make sure that they will not provide any opening for their opponent particularly for the double or triple squares.

Words with Friends Cheat
Words with Friends Cheat | Source

Losers Use Long Words

Losers think that when they form a seven-letter word they can control the game. But this does not happen in actual game. Indeed, it is impressive to form a BINGO or a seven-letter word in a single turn. But sometimes, players don’t get that much point particularly if the player uses low-scoring letters. Use long words only if the letter tile combinations consists of the high scoring letters like Q, J, X and Z. Or the letters will land in the bonus squares. If not, try working on short but high-scoring letters.

Losers Waste Q, X, J and Z

Losers tend to get excited in using the high-scoring letters at the beginning of the game which usually gives them only 11 points, say for example using the word QI. But if they use Q in words that could give them at least 30 points, they could earn more points. Winners save their high-scoring letters to high-scoring words.

Losers Save Letters

Though, it is okay to save letters for other high scoring words, losers tend to save their letters for too long. Winners wait at least three turns for their letters to appear, but if not they let go of the word and work on their rack. However, losers wait for too long and end up having the letters until the end of the game. The equivalent number of the letter will then be deducted in the overall score considering that the player was not able to use it in the game.

How to Play Words with Friends
How to Play Words with Friends | Source

Losers Swap Too Many Letters

Swap letters only if there is no other way to get good points. Losers tend to give up their letters hoping that they could get better letters. But usually, they tend to regret swapping their letters. However, winners do their best to take advantage of all the available opportunity and only swap letters if they know they won’t get good points if they hold on to their letters.

Losers Don’t Practice

Experts become the best in their field because they continue to hone and develop their skills. As the old saying goes - “Practice Makes Perfect”, so winners win because they never quit and they continue to improve their skills. Using word tools like Words with Friends Cheat is one way of getting more ideas on how to play the game. Study how this word helper works, so you would know how to dominate the game.

There are many other things that Losers do that leads them to failure. Thus, it is important to know the reasons that block your way to success so you can prepare for it.

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      acal 3 years ago

      These are very useful tips!

      I myself try to get rid of the Q as soon as I get it. Yes, it gives many points. But it's also very difficult to play. If you have it in the last turns of the game, it can become a bit of a nightmare. The Q for me is like something burning in the rack that I have to get rid of as soon as possible—feeling probably due to bad game experiences in the past! :D

      Another tip I would add is to never pass your turn unless you are in the last turns of the game and there is just no way you can play your letters. Other than that, I believe passing makes no sense at all—and in particular, it doesn't make any sense if you are just waiting for your opponent to play any particular letter.

      Something different between Words With Friends and (traditional) Scrabble is that the latter is played in real time with someone in front of you. Because of that, you can't take al the time you want to think. While there are also time restrictions in Words With Friends, they are much more relaxed, and I find that when I take a look at the same game in different moments, I come up with new ways of playing words that I hadn't thought before. Taking time helps me much.

      Something that I stopped doing is trying to form words randomly. It's a waste of time and somehow it doesn't make sense—since anyway, if I form a word randomly is because I don't know it, neither what it means. So I've started using a word search helper for Words With Friends at so that I save time, don't have to try randomly and learn new words. This also helps me improve my level at the game.

      Great post!

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      tonigoodlord 3 years ago

      I don't like thr purple and black squares used as backgound when senging or receiving messages on words with frieds. Is there a way to get it changed?

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      LOL! I feel like a loser now.

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      Aileen Billones 4 years ago from Naga City, Philippines

      Thanks for your comment, hopefully they will. They just need to practice and in time, they could master the techniques.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Very useful! I'm sure those losers will eventually becomes the winner after reading this! : - )