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Matching with Friends (2.99, full version – Free, ad-supported version) is another in a long line of Zynga apps that let you play turn-based games with a friend on mobile devices. But instead of playing word games loosely based on Hangman, Scrabble, or Boggle, this time you’ll be strategically placing matching colored blocks on a gameboard, then sending your move to a friend.
Like other Zynga games, Matching with Friends makes getting connected with your friends easy. Upon launch you’ll be asked to sign in through either your Facebook or Twitter account. Once logged in, you can search for other players from your friends list or get automatically matched with a random player.
I started up a game with a random player right away, and fortunately for the sake of this review my opponent was active in completing her turns. While playing, I found the colors vibrant, the controls easy to understand, and bonus alerts self-explanatory. The only thing difficult about Matching with Friends is how to describe the gameplay.
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