Words With Friends has been, until now, the most popular scrabble clone game on Facebook, boasting an average of 12 million monthly users, ten times the average number of users of the original Scrabble game branded by trademark holder Hasbro. That may soon change with the entry of a new scrabble clone on Facebook, called Towers, created by Australian developer Bugs Café.
The main rules for Towers are the same as for Words With Friends and Scrabble – but with some interesting differences. All players get seven tiles which they use to make words that are at least two tiles in length. The first word starts at the center and new words must connect to words already on the board, and this may or not be done by using tiles already on the board.
A neat twist to the Towers game is that tiles can be stacked atop one another, with a m maximum height of 3 tiles –which is not permitted in either Scrabble or Words With Friends. The Towers rules explain:
“Tiles can be stacked up to three high. You may not stack more than three tiles on a board square. Tiles can not be stacked in such a way as to cover all letters in a word already on the board. At least one letter of the original word must remain. You can not stack a letter on top of a tile representing the same letter (i.e. you cannot stack an R on top of an R)
Players receive increasingly higher bonus points for stacking letters and words. Two stack words receive more bonus points than one stack, and three stack words get the most.
There are two other differences between Towers and Words With Friends and Scrabble – there are two less tiles on the board, which is compensated by the ability to stack tiles. Last, Towers has four quadruple letter score boxes, connecting with the double and triple letter tiles and double and triple word tiles on prior versions of the game.