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Paperback: The Game

By Fowers Games Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


You are an author trying to finish kitschy paperback novels. Complete Westerns, Science Fiction, Romance or even a Crime Noir. Live the dream — and maybe pay the bills.

Word-building meets deck-building in the unique game Paperback. Players start with a deck of letter cards and wild cards. This is like their own bag of ‘scrabble’ tiles. With each hand of cards you make a word and score it. This score is how much money you have to purchase more cards for your deck. Collect cool letters with abilities, such as drawing more cards or double word score. Buy Novel cards to gain ‘fame’ points to win the game!

Here's what people have said about the hit boardgame that is in it's fifth print run:

"I've had this game for a month or two now and I honestly believe it to be one of the best games of the year." - HeirToPendragon

"It seems impossible that this game didn't exist before 2014. So simple and so much fun to play!"
- Crystal Pisano

• Hotseat play with up to 4 players
• 3 levels of AI opponents
• Tons of cool card powers
• Classic pulp novel artwork
• Win with wordsmithing or power combos - up to you!
• Asynchronous multiplayer games with up to 4 players.

What's New in Version 1.0.10

Fixed a crash while entering the multiplayer lobby on August 31
Fixed a rare crash on startup


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Customer Reviews

best of word play and deck building

I love this game. The way it works is you play against the computer or another player in taking turns dealing out a set number of cards from your personal deck and forming words to score points and buy more cards for your deck. Wild card are victory points. It is HUGE improvement over WordswithFriends or Scrabble in that you can build super long words, and you are not limited to either of those games’ unchanging type and numbers of letter tiles.

Like in other deck building games, Dominion for example, the cards you buy for your personal deck have special powers - drawing extra cards, exchanging cards, etc.- which make each game play unique, and which allow you to explore many, many different strategies for winning. I have played for hours and hours. It strikes an excellent balance between luck, skill playing the deck building, and word proficiency. Love it!

If I were to make two requests: The ipad version does not spell out ANYWHERE the rules regarding the extra vowel available to all players during all plays. And those rules definitely add to the game interest and complexity! (They can be found online.)
Also please make an expansion with different sets of cards. More Paperback please!

Would be five stars but...

I really really enjoy this game and I would frankly play all the time EXCEPT that the app automatically turns off whatever music, podcast or audio book I'm listening to, and as a commuter I am constantly listening to one of those three. I find it so annoying. Otherwise I really enjoyed the app though would have liked some more customizations. But really WHY WHY WHY would an app these days force it's own music and sound on you? It's such a stupid decision. If this ever gets fixed or updated I will happily change this review.

Fun but it's missing a lot of things like...

Stats, rankings, being able to see the score of the game while in game and out, default pictures, tournaments...add these things and you could up the price and it would still be worth it.

Paperback: The Game
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.10
  • Size: 56.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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