Giveaway: Kalimat, a fun word game with a difference

Word board games have always been a popular choice of game to play, and now the craze seems to have spread on to many iOS devices, the most popular games being Scrabble and Words With Friends.

Kalimat is a word game brought to you by Apps Arabia. It is a game based around the popular game Scrabble. If you have played Scrabble or Words With Friends, then you will certainly enjoy this game, and you will know how to play it. For those that don’t, it is easy to pick up.

The game play is almost the same as scrabble, each player is to take turns placing tile letters on the board spelling out a word. Once the word is created you earn points on how many tiles you have placed. Each tile has a score. Depending on where you place the word, you may earn additonal bonus points for placing tiles on a double or triple letter or double or triple word.

The player that starts the game needs to place the word at the starting point — one of the letters needs to be on the square that is in the centre. Any tiles that then follow must be joined to at least one tile that is already on the board. The word can be placed horizontally or vertically.

You start with 7 tiles and every time you use a tile to spell a word, you are given more from the stock of tiles still available. You then take turns until all the letters are used up. When the first player uses all of their tiles, the scores are then calculated and the person with the highest score wins. It is also possible the game will end another way. If you make three ‘no moves’ the game will end.

There are the usual options that you will have seen in Words With Friends where you can swap a tile or pass your turn. There is also an option to shake the device to shuffle your tiles up and see if you get some inspiration to find a good word.

What’s Macgasmic

To add a little something different to the game, you can play the normal version or the remix mode. This is where this separates itself from Scrabble and Words with Friends. You follow the same rules as in the normal mode, but there is a timer that counts down at the start of each turn. You score additional points for how quick you place a word. So if you place a word within one minute the word score is tripled. If it is within two minutes they are doubled. If it took you longer then the two minutes, well it’s tough luck you took too long and you don’t deserve any extra points!

The game is also supported with OpenFeint and Game Center. The more games you play, the more achievements you unlock and the higher up the leader board you will get. You can play your listed friends or a random player and there is also the option to pass and play. You can invite your friends on Facebook and Twitter quickly also.

What’s not?

While it is nice playing against your friends, it is fun to have the option to play with a random opponent. I tried this and at times it can take a while for someone to start playing with you. Obviously this isn’t the developer’s fault that a player is taking a while to play, but I think if more and more people played the game this would not be the case.


The game is great if you are looking for a change from the normal Scrabble and Words With Friends. There is even a lite version for you to try if you are still unsure whether it is your kind of game. If that is not enough, we have got 6 copies to give out to 6 lucky readers. If you want to have a chance to win a copy, read the rules below on what you need to do.

The Giveaway

Entry is simple,

  1. First, tweet this post by clicking on the Twitter button at the beginning or end of this post.
  2. Second, in the comments below, provide us a link to your tweet.
  3. Third, because you love us, participate more in our comments. We love having discussions with you guys! Let’s make our comments the best on the internet.
  4. You must follow us on Twitter. How can we contact you for your address if you’re not following us!

We’ll have to take you at your word for #3, but the first two, and last rule will be double checked before we draw the winner. The winner will be selected at random.

This giveaway will close Sunday, May 6th, 2011, at 6:00PM PST.


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