I’ve been playing around in this mobile world since the beginning, so for an app to impress me… it has to soothe a pain point (ideally, one that I didn’t even know I had). Rounds is the latest app to surprise me in this way: brilliantly providing an elegant way to keep score for any game you might be playing. It may not have the same old-school charm as your drawer full of paper scraps filled with scribbles detailing famous Scrabble victories, but it’s delightfully simple (and doesn’t require anybody to do on-the-fly math).
To use Rounds, add a game, add players, and add a score (using the handy little disc to add or subtract values). Need to add a player later? No problem. Want to boast about your remarkable victory once the game is complete? Share your results across social media options galore!
It’s true you could use any notes app on your tablet or smartphone to do the same thing, but those apps won’t sort players by score (in ascending or descending order, because in some games the lowest score leads the pack). Want to be able to brag about past games? Hang on to past score cards. Want to rematch with the same group of players? Tap ‘Rematch’ beside any game as a shortcut.
The free version of the app really isn’t at all limited, other than you can only colour code players using red, blue, and green. If you want to unlock the complete palette of colour options, a mere $0.99 will deliver a rainbow of options.
Grab Rounds – score pad and keep it in your mobile back-pocket for the next time you are playing any kind of game that requires you to keep score.
Jillian Koskie is an experienced software developer, content writer, project manager and usability design expert. With over 17 years in these roles, Jillian has enjoyed applying her skill-set to assist clients and users across a wide variety of sectors including: legal, health, and financial services. Combining these professional opportunities with a love of technology, Jillian is pleased to contribute articles, opinions, and advice to numerous news outlets, websites, and publications.