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Software plays a major role in organized SCRABBLE® activities.

NASPA's Web Committee offers web hosting space to software developers, and works with them to develop standards.

The Technology Committee evaluates and certifies word judge software for use at tournaments and clubs.

NASPA also licenses the NASPA Word List and NASPA School Word List for use by developers. Please contact us if you would like to use our word list in your application.

Certification and licensing are separate processes; software may be either, neither, or both. Uncertified, unlicensed software is listed here only for information purposes, and not as an endorsement.

Certified word judge software

NASPA recommends that tournaments and clubs use laptops running word adjudication software to process challenges in competitive games. The following Software Self Lookup (SSL) programs were evaluated by the Technology Committee and are approved for use in club and tournament situations as noted below.

Zyzzyva

WHAT

  • Features: anagramming, word judge
  • Developer: Mike Wolfberg
  • System: Windows
  • Notes: Certified and licensed. Stands for "Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool".

Tournament management software

Tournament management software assists the director in pairing players, recording game results, generating pairing reports and standings for printing, and generating final tournament data for submission to NASPA for rating of tournaments. There is not yet a certification process for this category of software.

There is at least one popular software package not listed below, at the request of its publisher.

tsh

Licensed software

The following software contain licensed copies of NASPA word lists, but have not been certified for competitive use.

Aerolith

  • Features: word study
  • Developer: Cesar Del Solar
  • Systems: web app
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists. Features competitive high-score lists.

Anagrams

  • Features: single- or multi-player anagramming game
  • Developer: Chris Grubb
  • Systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

Anagrams Blitz

  • Features: single- or multi-player anagramming game
  • Developer: Carl Johnson
  • Systems: web app
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

Hoot

  • Features: anagramming, word judge, word study
  • Developer: Dana Bell
  • Systems: Android, Windows
  • Notes: Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool.

Quackle

  • Features: anagramming, game analysis, game play
  • Developers: Jason Katz-Brown, John O'Laughlin, John Fultz
  • Systems: Linux, macOS, Windows
  • Notes: Licensed. Strongest SCRABBLE playing program in the world. It is used by many players for training, and to analyze their games to improve their future play.

SCRABBLE GO

  • Features: Mobile SCRABBLE game licensed by Hasbro and Mattel
  • Developer: Scopely
  • System: Android, iOS, and Web
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

Smart Word

  • Features: multi-player word game
  • Developer: Vladimir Muzyka
  • System: web app
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

Snatch!

  • Features: single- or multi-player anagramming game
  • Developer: Jay Chan
  • System: web app
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

ULU

  • Features: anagramming, game timer, word judge
  • Developer: Seth Lipkin
  • System: iOS
  • Notes: Licensed. Not certified for use a word judge or game timer.


Word Checker: Easy Judge

  • Features: word judge
  • Developer: Fabien Maurice
  • Systems: Android, iOS
  • Notes: Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool.

Word Expert

  • Features: anagramming
  • Developer: Fabien Maurice
  • Systems: iOS
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists.

Word Up Dude

  • Features: word game
  • Developer: Tim Gardner
  • Systems: Android, iOS
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists in its own word game.

Unlicensed software

The following software is neither certified nor licensed, but may be of interest to our members.

qz

  • Features: word study
  • Developer: John Chew
  • Systems: Linux, macOS, Windows
  • Notes: Unlicensed. Generic flashcarding tool intended for word study, does not ship with word lists, supports bulk input of quiz text files

Legacy Software

Software that is no longer actively supported, or has not been updated to current standards, can be found in a separate list of legacy software.