Every so often a smartphone game comes along that is simply unavoidable, as it relentlessly poisons (sorry, that’s probably a tad harsh; infects?) Facebook News Feeds and twitter Timelines.
In days gone by it was Draw Something, then we had “hilarious” Bitstrips comics, and more recently Flappy Bird high scores. Humanity. The latest craze (yes, there is a point to all this rambling) is – to use its full name – Guess the Emoji: Emoji Pops, a free download from the App Store and Google Play.
The Guess the Emoji premise is incredibly simple, and as such the game finds itself enjoying incredible success in the Top Free Games charts.
Essentially you’re tasked with looking at sets of emoticons, and deciphering the phrase from the visual clue.
A love heart and a letter becomes – obviously – LOVE LETTER; a French flag and a pair of lips is FRENCH KISS; an ear of corn and a dog is CORN DOG… and so on and so forth.
Guess the Emoji is almost insultingly easy at first (to be fair the app description does say it’s “kid and family friendly), but stick with it and it becomes a whole lot more taxing.
For example, how about a kid’s face, a pair of glasses and a lightning bolt? No, it’s not BOY GLASSES LIGHTNING, but… HARRY POTTER! Get it?
Another personal favourite sees a Japanese flag, a bomb, an American flag, and a boat: PEARL HARBOUR! That’s actually pretty smart, no?
Every time you solve a puzzle, you get a coin to put towards hints. You can eliminate a letter from your selection or reveal a letter in the solution for 15 coins, while 30 coins will solve the puzzle outright. Not sure about the balancing there, but it’s not the end of the world.
If you run out of coins, you can buy packs from 69p to £13.99 (some of the pricier packs remove ads, too), or tap the handy (grr) ‘Ask Facebook’ button; this is where the social network infection comes in.
On the poop side, the way letters are placed is slightly annoying (you have to put the letters down in the order they appear in the solution).
But all in all, Guess the Emoji is surprisingly good fun, and some of the puzzles are seriously quite impressive.
- Some seriously smart puzzles
- Decent coin/hint system
- It’s free
- Some of the puzzles are far too easy
- The letter assignment thingy
- It’ll stink up your News Feed and Timeline
Summary: Guess the Emoji tasks you with guessing the phrase from the emoticons, some stupidly easy, some surprisingly hard, and while it’s far from a life-changing experience, it is good clean fun.
Developer: Conversion LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.