In March of 2011, the company reported that they had over 100 million downloads. By June of 2011, the number ballooned to 250 million! Beware of millions of slingshot-wielding mamis! WORDS WITH FRIENDS • Released in August 2009 by Texas based Newtoy Inc (now part of Zynga) Words with Friends is essentially an online version of Scrabble. It is easy to play, easy to understand, and easy to get addicted to—it took me less than a day. There is no single player mode; this game is all about being social. And competitive. I like to tell myself that I play too keep my mind sharp. But I play to win. You can play against 20 friends at once. There is a chat feature, which allows you to talk with (or taunt) your competitors. I will admit, Words with Friends is my weakness. I can live without Angry Birds, Farmville, and all the rest. But don’t take away my Words! I am a writer after all.