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Scrabulous back with new name: Wordscraper

world Updated: Aug 02, 2008 01:18 IST
Drimi Chaudhuri

Scrabulous has changed its spots to turn Wordscraper. In a deviation of the same word game, city-based Agarwalla brothers, Rajat and Jayant, have changed the older game’s square boxes for round ones in the new game.

News portals across the US and Canada reported the rebirth of Scrabble-inspired Scrabulous on Thursday as online game Wordscraper, which they feel is a move to fend off lawsuits by US-based global toy major Hasbro. The popular word game, which was recently removed from Facebook, appeared in its new incarnation on the social networking site simultaneously.

While the North American online media reported that Wordscraper appeared a day after Scrabulous was pulled off from US and Canadian pages of Facebook, Rajat Agarwalla, however, denied it. “Wordscraper has been in existence since December 2007 and has been available on Facebook from almost the same time,” he told the Hindustan Times.

While the North American news portals quoted a Hasbro formal

release saying it was evaluating developments and would take “appropriate” action, Rajat explained that Wordscraper was a completely different word game, where the player had complete independence to design the game’s layout. “It’s not easy to

explain how the game works unless one has played it. One has to log onto the site to explore the game’s potential,” he said.