Can I confess something? It's the shame of my geeky existence, but I have no eye-hand coordination to speak of. I can't play first person shooter games. I can't jump over things in syncopation. I can't even survive on Tetris for more than 10 or 15 lines on level 9. I am a complete failure at most modern computer games.
GameHouse's Scrabble is new, pretty, colorful, and slick. There are several ways to play: solitaire, untimed, and three tournament modes: Blitz, Tournament, and Custom Tournament. In Blitz, you have 25 seconds for each play. This is no challenge for the computer, but it might be for you. Tournament allows you to play against any one of eight different levels of computer player or against a human player. Custom Tournament allows you to change the tournament play time limit. There's also a nice, highly-configurable hint function called Word Assist and if you switch away from the window, the game clock (if it's running) pauses automatically. The instructions are clear as are the rules, and somewhere in the game, I found a list of acceptable two letter words (but drat, I can't find it again!).
Scrabble has a nice soundtrack that you'll want to turn down after about five minutes so it doesn't get annoying. The dictionary is extensive, but I've managed to find several words that would be in a regular dictionary but don't seem to be acceptable. The one I recall off hand can't be said in polite company, but it's a word for driving a hard bargain. But perhaps Scrabble's largest shortcoming is the lack of LAN or Internet play. You can only play with someone sitting at the same computer as you. The game is also unstable on rare occasions. It crashed once in about 6 hours of play for no discernible reason.
GameHouse Scrabble is playable and addictive, but I'm afraid it's smarter than me. I'm a fairly good Scrabble player, not tournament level, but good enough that I can't get another human to play with me. No one who has been trounced soundly once wants to venture tiles against me again. So I expect when I get a computer Scrabble game that I'm at least better than the beginner profile. Nope. Beginner kicked my arse, as did Apprentice. I haven't even tried Intermediate (level 3) much less Master or Genius (levels 7 and 8). Despite finding the matches more of a challenge than I expected, I can't stop playing. So it you're not a tournament player, expect to lose… a lot.
If you like gridded word games, but you're not quite that much into anagrams, GameHouse's older game Word Slinger might be more your speed. Rather than giving you letters and expecting you to make words, Word Slinger gives you words to fit together in a grid scattered with special prize squares that you must cover to get the prize. Word Slinger is surprisingly simple in theory, but deceptively, devilishly difficult in practice. For the word game lover, Word Slinger is completely and throughly addictive.
Chalk up two for those of us with clumsy fingers.
Oh, one thing. GameHouse often sells their games in three packs at stores like CompUSA. You might check there before paying full price for a single game online.