[Updated 2009-02-11] Scrobble 1.3 - a free crossword puzzle game
is a free crossword puzzle board game for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs.
Thanks to everyone who has downloaded and enjoyed Scrobble!
Scrobble has reached over 20,000 downloads since the first version was released in January 2009. It seems like the current version 1.3 is pretty stable and satisfactory. I know some people have requested new features (such as saving your game, adding words to the dictionary, submitting high scores, networked multiplayer, etc.)... and while I would like to implement all of these, I have started developing for the Google Android platform instead of Windows Mobile (if you want to know why, ask and I'll gladly explain!
). I will still fix bugs for Scrobble if they arise, but probably won't be adding any new features for a while (months? year or two?). By the way, for anyone requesting a Save Game feature... whenever I want to "save" my game I just hit the Home button on my phone, which puts Scrobble in the background. Then when I want to pick up my game again I use the task manager to switch back to it (I'm not sure if every Windows Mobile phone has this ability). But this method has worked pretty well for me.
Scrobble runs best on VGA-resolution displays, but it also works on QVGA and WVGA devices. Drag the board around with your finger/stylus or use your device's d-pad to move the board around so you can see all of it.
- NOTE: Installing a new version of Scrobble will automatically overwrite your existing dictionary files. So if you have changed to a different language, you must change back to it manually after installing a new version.
- You can now tap Game->Options... to change your dictionary. Put all your dictionary files in the folder in which you installed Scrobble. Choose a dictionary from Game->Options... then restart Scrobble to use it.
- v1.3 uses the OSPD (I think v4) English dictionary by default, which contains around 80,000 words.
..... (installable CAB file - download to device and run to install)
- scrobble.cab [v1.3]
(Previous versions: v1.2.cab
- .NET Compact Framework 3.5 (download from Microsoft here
- Scrobble is its own game with its own rules. Read the Help & About to view all the rules.
- Thanks to Sam Allen of dotnetperls.com
for his C# DAWG implementation and anagram finder. Also thanks to bigchrizzieboy, hanackin, joshrys, and other xda-dev users for their contributions.
VERSION 1.3 --- 2009-02-11
- Fixed letter distribution issues (now includes the letter "Y"!)
- Modified CPU-Normal user a bit (a tad easier maybe).
- You can now use the Game->Options menu to choose what dictionary you would like to use. (Note that this still uses the English distribution of letters and scores).
- Minor fixes and changes.
- Support for automatic notification of updates via DeviceUpdate. I tried to support AppToDate as well but I'm waiting on some answers from their forum about a registry key that's needed to make it work.
VERSION 1.2 --- 2009-02-03
- Fixed bug where CPU always uses 'Z' for their blanks, and sometimes plays words that are invalid.
- Fixed bug where game would crash if you place one letter to your move, take it back, then try to submit it.
- You can now drag the board around freely on sub-VGA res devices.
- Changed the amount that the board moves when using the d-pad, so it moves shorter distances at a time.
- Changed both NORM and HARD CPU players (speeding up their turns and changing the way they look for moves).
VERSION 1.1 --- 2009-01-31
- Sped up the computer players (especially NORM).
- Made NORM a little more difficult and HARD a little easier.
- Fixed issue where only 1/4th of the board was visible on QVGA/WVGA displays.
- Minor GUI changes (should look better on sub-VGA displays).
VERSION 1.0 --- 2009-01-30
- Added ability to choose AI opponents (NORMAL and HARD difficulty).
- Increased text sizes for better readability on sub-VGA resolution screens.
- The board is now in a bounded area so it looks cleaner when moved around.
- Removed "Turn:" from the upper-right corner, as the current player is already displayed at the bottom.
- Players can only exchange their letters when there are at least 7 letters left in the bag.
- Other minor changes (cosmetic, bug fixes, etc.).
VERSION 0.53 - beta --- 2009-01-22
- Added the ability to move the Scrobble board around with the directional pad, so devices with sub-VGA resolutions can "see" all parts of the board. The center/Enter button snaps the board to its default (upper-left corner) position.
- The Scrobble shortcut is now placed in the Games folder instead of Programs/Applications. If you don't have a Games folder, one should be created for you.
To change the dictionary that Scrobble uses from English to your language (if it's currently supported; if it's not please read the first reply to this post below), follow these instructions:
1. Download the dictionaries/languages file: dicts-de-en-fi-fr-it-nl-pl.zip
2. Extract the desired language files to your device (including d1- and d2-... such as d1-dutch.scro
if you wanted the Dutch dictionary), into the folder in which you installed Scrobble (EX: \Program Files\Scrobble\
3. Run Scrobble and tap Game->Options
. Choose the desired d1-LANG.scro from the dropdown box and tap OK. Tap OK to the "Saved" message.
4. Restart Scrobble. Note that Scrobble only uses the 26 letters from English (A to Z). So just use the English equivalent of any non-English letters (Ä = A, Ê = E, etc.) in a word.
Note: There are a couple English dictionaries -- OSPD is installed with v1.3 by default, and SOWPODS is the very large dictionary from v1.2.
There are some other dictionaries attached as zip files further along down in this thread... such as Spanish and Catalan (page 4 if you are logged in).
If you enjoy Scrobble and would like to donate money to encourage further development, feel free to do so via PayPal
Generous donations received from the following people:
- Ramiz M.
Thanks to all who contribute!
SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark. All intellectual property rights in and to the game are owned in the U.S.A. and Canada by Hasbro Inc. and throughout the rest of the world by J.W. Spear & Sons, PLC of Enfield, Middlesex, England, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc. Mattel and Spear are not affiliated with Hasbro. Scrobble and Spacetornado Software are not affiliated in any way with Hasbro, Spear or Mattel.
All comments/bug reports/questions/requests are welcome!