Microsoft to launch Snap Attack for Windows and Windows Phone tomorrow

Microsoft will be launching a brand new word game based on Scrabble called "Snap Attack" for Windows and Windows Phone on Tuesday.

It was recently reported that Microsoft had registered the "Snap Attack" trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office along with many other names probably being considered for unreleased games. Now, Seattle Times has managed to reveal the details about Snap Attack which was previously believed to be launched at E3 2014.

Snap Attack is a game similar to Scrabble, developed by the makers of the popular word game Wordament. Wordament, which became the first Xbox Live enabled game available on Android and iOS, boasts a total of 1 million active players and Microsoft is expecting to emulate similar success with Snap Attack.

According to the Seattle Times, Snap Attack is a sequel to Wordament and will feature similar time-based gameplay with increased complexity. As opposed to the Boggle-like word discovery in Wordament, users will have seven letters which they can use over and over to make words in 150 seconds. The Snap Attack board will include few words by default which the users can build upon.

The free game will be launching for Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Windows 8.1 on Tuesday while Android and iOS versions are set to be launched over the summer.

Source: Seattle Times | Image via Wikipedia

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oh joy, another app laced with ads and an option to subscribe (annually) just to remove the ads. And, the subscription rate is what you would expect the game to cost if you bought it out right.

Rohdekill said,
oh joy, another app laced with ads and an option to subscribe (annually) just to remove the ads. And, the subscription rate is what you would expect the game to cost if you bought it out right.

Wtf are you on about?

You do have to wonder. The ads in Wordament are barely noticeable, from memory just a small banner ad under the scores. Lots of people only look at free games, so it makes sense to go the free with ads route, and considering how innocuous the ads are in Wordament that comment makes no sense.

look at the ads in other games issued by MS and notice the trend they are going with. I'm referring to Win 8.1; I don't have a Windows phone to see the nightmare there. What used to be ad free (solitaire, minesweep, etc.) are now laced with 30 sec video ads. Want to turn off the ad? pay an annual subscription of roughly what you would expect the game to cost in the first place - $5.

I can understand some third rate company or some individual developer using the ad technique as they are struggling for funds. But a multi-billion dollar company is so desperate they feel their already bulging pocket books are more important than user experience/enjoyment?

Fair enough if that's the case then. But I only have played Wordament (and this sequel) and the ads are totally unobtrusive - just banners I rarely notice. Video ads are another matter and would pee me off.

Yeah, when I was playing it. I'm not a fan of mobile games so it didn't last long but I had some fun with it.

Me either. They totally lack the depth and interest a proper immersive PC or console game offers. However, Wordament has been the one exception to that rule for me, and how I wish it wasn't; I've lost weeks to it...