STRIKE & Scammer Alert
STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!
Zynga took what was once a great game and turned it into cluster shuck of twaddle. It appears that Zynga is ignoring the unhappy masses who comment about an intense dislike of ad bombardment, permissible words and increasingly numerous, annoying extras cluttering the game. We need to go on playing strike until the developers listen. Zynga is losing players.
How many times do any of us think...
“I like repetitive ads”, “I enjoy having my game interrupted for reward updates”, “I wish Zynga implemented more taps to delay getting back to gameplay!”, “Why don’t they offer us more challenges to distract from game play?”, “I want more bouncing boxes!”, “I cannot wait for a few spare moments to open WWF to see what prize I must claim”, “Zynga should cram in one more thing at the heading”, “I can’t wait until I’m forced to collect apples or pumpkins, instead of seeds, eggs, mittens!”..etc, etc. Zynga claims these to be “exciting”. Ummm, no, it is NOT. It should now be called..Junk With Friends. People play less due to frustration- I see the star rating has DECREASED!
SAFETY—-Many players have noticed a recent surge of FRAUDS! Go ahead and google “Words With Friends Scammers”— plenty of info about it. Both men and women are targeted (especially women). I’ve gotten as many as ten bogus invites a day! Everyone needs to be aware of these scammers who immediately start chatting, frequently using “my dear”, “my darling”, “beautiful”, etc. They are easy to recognize:: really attractive (STOLEN) profile picture, the player recently began playing, very few wins or badges, low number of unique words, etc. Scammer falls immediately in love with you and wants to chat via another method. Offers up his/her life story to you with many details. Often lives in a remote area:: on an oil rig or on active military duty in the Middle East, claims to be an engineer. Claims to be orphaned, widowed or divorced, has children in boarding school. Soon, the kids need emergency money but Scammer’s account is frozen (How unfortunate!) because of employer issues, but he will soon return to the states and needs to borrow funds from YOU. NEWSFLASH—-NO ONE IN THAT SITUATION IS WITHOUT ALTERNATE MEANS OF ASSISTANCE!} Other scenarios, also: maybe needs safety equipment/new phone, travel money. etc. Scammer requests either bank routing numbers, a prepaid credit, gift card numbers, or even an iTunes card. I suggest you immediately decline these game invites, then go to the completed games section to check out their stats. If it resembles that description, IMMEDIATELY BLOCK and REPORT that person! NEVER give out personal info! NEVER! If you are naive (stupid) enough to allow contact, immediately request a right-now selfie with a dated sheet of paper that has today’s date and a random phrase of your choosing. If he/she cannot provide it, for WHATEVER reason, (work, broke camera, shy, etc) BLOCK HIM and report profile name to ZYNGA!
Developers, bring back the ability to preview the profile of the player who has initiated a game. We used to be able to do this before deciding to accept or decline a game invitation. Every profile should have a ‘Playing since’ date.
DICTIONARY—-What dictionary does Zynga use??? The developers permit a plethora of words that are obscure, random, foreign, some proper nouns, many abbreviations and even acronyms—-it’s just not right. Neither is permitting a word that cannot be defined. You cannot play a word in a real game of scrabble if it can’t be legitimately defined. Many abbreviations are accepted, but not the worldly-known ‘OK’ for okay??? ADIOS is allowed for American play but not HOLA??? What the heck???? So inconsistent. Don’t be politically correct, some less-than-polite words are historically common and valid, therefore should be usable.
SWAPS—-Ever since the Swap Plus feature arrived, the algorithm of dealt letters has changed. Never used to get so many useless sets of letter combos. (EEEEUI, DRRDXZC, OIOICVV, DNRDNRQ, etc) Too many times a Swap has resulted in the same exact letters! I’m sure Zynga wants us to use real money to buy their coins for more Swap Plus. Opponents should be notified when Swap Plus or Radar is used!
BADGES—-If Zynga is going to force players to earn points to receive a badge, then don’t increase the weekly total to an unattainable level. I play frequently, often maxing out in number of games, but I’m not going to spend every spare moment I have to get a frivolous badge. I’m an adult, not a toddler learning to potty train, I don’t want USELESS rewards.
COINS—-Frequent and long-term players should be rewarded more coins.
STREAKS—-Why bother counting streaks? It gives no incentive, it’s just a useless count.
FRIENDS—- Refresh the list of possible new opponents more often. Let us have three options,,,, Male, Female or Random. We used to have those options and to choose other countries ‘back in the day’.
SOLO BOTS—-The solo challenge against the bots is rigged. I’m not spending earned coins to play sooner, only lose again to words that shouldn’t be permitted. My pet peeve about the bots...I initiated the bot challenge, therefore, I should be able to take my turn first! Now I just encountered an option to pay 30 coins to take an extra turn against the BOT!! No way!!!
PRIZE BOXES—-It can take up to FIVE TAPS to return to game play after being FORCED to claim a prize box! RIDICULOUS!
DEVELOPERS—-Make a version for scrabble purists, minus the bling and cheats. Charge a one-time, affordable price. I am grandfathered into ad-free, but I would never pay $10 a month or buy coins.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for a response from Zynga. While I am in bombast mode, the App Store should always show us most recent reviews, not what they deem to be most helpful.