Facebook application Scrabulous has apparently been given a makeover in an attempt to head off a suit by Hasbro, who own the US rights to Scrabble. The new look game is now called Wordscraper and comes with a completely new look, including circular tiles and new rules.

The re-birthed game is already appearing on US and Canadian profiles, but is yet to appear on Australian profiles – at least I haven’t seen it yet.

Perhaps it will bring with it new fortunes in the games I play with a notorious ‘wordsmith’ from Wagga. I can but hope. J


Like many people I have come to enjoy a game of Scrabulous or two on the social networking site Facebook. However, this could soon be coming to an end as Hasbro Inc is currently suing the makers of the online version for infringing on their property rights as the owner of the game Scrabble. Facebook has itself been notified of the suit and has been requested to no longer host the Scrabulous application. So it would seem that the days of Scrabulous on Facebook are numbered.

The suit has been filed in the Federal Court in New York and it names Scrabulous creators Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla, as well as RJ Software as the defendants in the case.

Though I enjoy playing my online friends in Scrabulous I have to say that I am constantly amazed at how many ‘unrecognisable’ words are passed off as words in my constant defeats. Perhaps the demise of Scrabulous will mean the end of my misery at the hands of those who traffic in made-up words.