Ah, Words With Friends. What was once one of the most anticipated games on Android quickly becme one of the most hated due to its bug-laden nature and lack of good support. The app has now received another update that NOT only brings "loads of bug fixes" - call me skeptical, but I'll believe that when I see it - but a new Words with Friends store. Yeah, a store.

So, what kind of things can you buy from this store? Let's call them... enhancements. While some of these "enhancements" seem to be basic and fair (like ad-removal for example), others ride the border of paid cheating. These so-called tweaks will enable things like "Tile Pile," which calculates how many of each letter is left. Or perhaps you just want to pick up the "Word-O-Meter," a seemingly harmless addition that will help you find the strongest word in your particular set of letters.

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So, how is this cheating, you ask? It's not exactly cheating, but more of just an overall unfair advantage. These tweaks will basically help users who are willing to pay defeat users who don't want to (or can't) fork over the extra funds for the same advantages. This type of "gameplay" is something that we're beginning to see more and more often in mobile gaming thanks to in-app payments, but this could be the first time that we've actually seen it give one user a clear advantage over another in a head-to-head based competition.

Zynga also claims to have "more great features on the way," and after this update, I just can't wait to see what they have in store to screw over more users. Good job, Zynga!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Michael

    Why can't they just add push notifications already? Seriously Wordfeud is a million times better, but all my friends play Words With Friends, so yeah, it sucks. Also WWF is a huge battery drainer.

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    This hasn't got a paid version on the Market, right? I see 'Words with Friends Free' but no 'Words with Friends Paid'.

    • Levi

      Correct; the "Paid" version is buying their "tokens" and then buying the "No More Ads" enhancement. I'm curious if that means that I can't carry that enhancement over to a different android device that is legitimately mine.

      • Scott

        It's tied to your WWF account, so it will work on another device.

  • Stephen

    People play WWF because it's cross platform (Android, iOS, web). Otherwise, I would probably paly Wordfeud or some other variation as well.

    • http://gplus.to/bryantran Bryan

      Wordfeud is cross-platform as well. Although I haven't seen a web version.

      I'm staying away from evil Zynga altogether!

    • Millidooms

      Wordfeud has been cross platform for months.

    • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

      Wordfeud is also cross-platform between Android and iOS, for what it's worth. (No web client that I know of, though.)

      I got sick of the ridiculous bugs in WWF, plus the fact Zynga never fixed them, and haven't looked back after ditching it.

      There's no excuse for such shoddy software in such a simple turn-based game with so little data/state to transfer/manage.

      Wordfeud isn't entirely perfect but it is good and reliable, and a million times better than WWF (at least from the Android clients, which is all I've used for either program).

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

    I've been all about Wordfeud the whole time; I'm extremely glad I never jumped ship when this came to Android. BOO! I haven't trusted Zynga since Mafia Wars on Facebook anyways. Spammy game makin' jerks.

  • ABF

    Didn't the store come out like 3 weeks ago?

    • DeadPlasmaCell

      Yep it sure did

  • neiler

    Talk to one of AP's author David and he may say zynga is doing the fair thing because they are here to make money. haha

  • Edd

    Its a shame Zynga. If you'd acted properly then I'd have definitely bought a cheap paid version, instead I've just uninstalled you.

  • fan

    What bugs do you guys experience?

    WordFued is ugly, WWF is much better.

  • Misc

    No wonder the other players were beating so easily