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

Version 1.0.10

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

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

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

The handsome boardgame has effortlessly made the leap to iPhone and iPad. We adored its stylish design and felt our vocabulary swelling thanks to the tantalizing word-making challenges. The ability to take on various tiers of AI opponents ensures we’re always challenged.

Catmancer ,

Fun game but the app is kinda janky

For example notifications do not work. So instead of being able to click on a notification that leads you into your current game you have to occasionally check if it’s your turn. The game has also froze on me a few times in the last 48 hours or so that I’ve had the app.

Hawaiitude ,

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!

App Privacy

The developer, Fowers Games Inc., has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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