Main advantages of Literati
More Blanks – This is the best feature of Literati. More blanks means more bingos and both opponents usually start with a blank each which makes the game fairer.
More people – You can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to find someone of a similar rating to play with at any time of day.
Multiplayer games – You can play games with 2 – 5 players.
Coloured Tiles – When I first started playing on ISC I found it annoying that the tiles were all the same colour, but I got used to it of course. I guess real scrabble has tiles all the same colours possibly so you can’t easily distinguish what tiles your opponent has.
Faster games – I learnt to play blitz scrabble on Literati and one minute games sure are heart pumping! Games with increments of seconds are possible eg. 3 mins 2 second increment.
Different Board Structure – In literati the double-double squares are easier to bridge. The triple letter 4 squares away from the triple-word square also makes it easy to get big scores from four letter words.
Both players must click start before a game begins – this is a good feature so that games don’t get started when people are not in the room.
Main Disadvantages of Literati
Random tile distribution – I think this is one of the main problems although it does make the games interesting and more random. Three Z’s or Q’s can make things either very difficult or very easy.
Simplistic Rating System – When you start playing literati your rating begins at 1500. On ISC your rating is determined after your first game. This makes more sense as there is less work to get a high rating if you already have great skill.
Screen can’t be maximised to fullscreen – this would be helpful to make the board more visible and it would be easy to implement.
Tiles must be placed on the board one at a time – this is one of the most annoying things after playing on ISC.
More Novices – The ISC seems to have attracted a much more serious group of scrabbles including tournament players.
Slow login process – Password and ID must be entered every time you log on
Different Dictionary – Only one dictionary – American wordlist with additions of VON, KEV, and DA.