The Hardest Test on the iPhone - iPhone review

The Hardest Test on the iPhone - iPhone reviewHow hard is The Hardest Test on the iPhone? Pretty freakin’ hard. I initially laughed off the iTunes blurb, which warns: “You probably won’t finish it, very few have.” Whatever; I went to university, man. Bring it on.

Alas, I found myself getting stuck for ages on the first question. You heard me.

This review will inevitably contain loads of spoilers, so if you fancy taking on The Hardest Test on the iPhone without my help, leave now. It’s fun, and – perhaps more importantly – it’s free, so no harm done if you download it and decide it’s a steaming pile of faeces.

Still with me? The tutorial gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Hardest Test on the iPhone. Each puzzle includes four clues: a written clue at the top (the title), a visual clue, a sound bite, and an additional hint from the side menu.

A couple of the examples are stupidly straight forward, such as the President’s surname, but there’s one cheeky test puzzle in particular.

“2 + 2 = ?” reads the clue. That’s easy; four, right? Wrong. The accompanying sound bite in this one is a song about golf. Ahh, so 2 + 2 = fore. I get it. Very clever.

And that’s just the tutorial.

I turned my attention to the main game, absolutely brimming with confidence and ready to tear The Hardest Test on the iPhone apart in my review. That confidence was quickly shattered.

You can probably make out from the screenshot above; there’s a steak with four anagrams: meat, mate, team and tame. The clue reads: “There’s one more!” Ok, so we’re dealing with anagrams. But there isn’t another anagram using those letters, is there?

Well, kinda. I got the answer thanks to the sound bite, which in this case is an excerpt from “Backseat” by New Boyz Feat. The Cataracts & Dev (er, thanks, Shazam). The lyrics go:

# Met a group of girls in a escalade

I met a group of girls in a escalade

Met-a met-a group of girls in a escalade

They came wit’ you and they left with me #

Am I the only person who has never heard that song before? Clearly I’m miles out of the musical loop, thanks to my pretentious (i.e. non-rubbish) taste.

Anyway, met-a met-a group of girls. See? Technically, meta isn’t a word, it’s a prefix. That’s why I got stuck for so long. Ahem.

And so The Hardest Test on the iPhone continues. I have no idea how many levels there are, ‘cause I’m currently stuck on Level 7. The preceding levels have included hexadecimal colours, converting numbers to letters of the alphabet, and a rather neat puzzle where you have to identify notes on a piece of music to spell out a word.

Don’t worry if that all sounds a tad complex; use of Google is encouraged. Most of the difficulty is in deciphering the initial clue, and it’s hugely satisfying when you finally get the right answer.

If you’re so inclined, you can grab the answer pack (which also removes adverts) for 69p. Hey, the developers have to make money somehow.

Now, back to that puzzle with the picture of a Toyota and a song by Weird Al Yankovic…


  • Tough
  • Satisfying
  • Occasionally amusing


  • Perhaps too tough for some

Summary: Like I mentioned before, The Hardest Test on the iPhone is free, so check it out if you fancy a challenge. No harm done if you bail.

Developer: Dave Oster

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Price: free @ App Store

The Hardest Test on the iPhone - iPhone review

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