What’s the Word? iOS review

What’s the Word? iOS reviewThere are freakin’ loads of these games on the App Store and Google Play now, but this particular effort seems to be one of the originals, and was perhaps the first game to adopt the formula. Maybe.

I speak of RedSpell’s What’s the Word? If you use Facebook at all, chances are you’ll have seen people asking for help and that. Yeah, it’s pretty annoying. But is the game any good? Read on!

We have a genuine contender for Shortest Review of All Time here, as there’s not a great deal to discuss in What’s the Word?

Essentially, you’re presented with four pictures and you have to guess the word that links them, using the 11 letters underneath. And, uhm, that's pretty much it.

You might, for example, see a girl playing violin, a kitten playing with a ball of string, a father and son playing on the beach, and someone pressing a play button. What’s the Word? Play, of course. Easy.

Having said that, while some of the solutions are almost insultingly easy, What’s the Word? occasionally throws a curveball that smacks you right in the gob.

What’s the Word? iOS review

One of the worst I can recall (see above) had an alarm clock, a light bulb, a girl pouting, and three cups (blue, pink and yellow). What’s the Word? Well, cyan, obviously. Son of a…

Indeed, that’s where things get cheeky. See, each time you get a correct answer, you get two coins. You can probably guess where I’m going with this.

Yep, there are hints available. Specifically, shelling out 59 coins removes some letters, while revealing a letter or adding a fifth picture will set you back 39 in-game doubloons.

RedSpell makes its money selling coins in bundles from 69p to £13.99, and it clearly really wants you to buy some. What’s the Word? is free, and indeed ad-free, so you can imagine how friggin’ obtuse the game can be. Fair enough, I guess. Even developers have to eat.

And that’s What’s the Word? Expect to see an explosion of pics on social networks over the next few weeks before the hype dies down. To be fair to RedSpell, it’s already working on ways to keep the game interesting, with, er, theme packs on the way.

Pros

  • It’s free
  • No ads
  • Real easy to get into, and oddly moreish

Cons

  • There’s very little to it
  • Some selections are beyond obtuse
  • Saving coins is a slow process

Summary: What’s the Word? shows you four pictures and asks you to guess the word. Simple, and kinda fun for a bit.

Developer: RedSpell

Price: free @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

What’s the Word? iOS review

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6 comments

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2013 at 20:33

Looks as if they took a nice simple idea and tried to make it more interesting by overcomplicating it?!

mrew42  Feb. 12, 2013 at 13:06

Identical to 4 pics 1 word.
Which I already play.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2013 at 13:17

Identical to 4 pics 1 word.
Which I already play.

are you saying there are duplicate apps? omfg!!!! So, like, not all 1,8 million apps are original?
Phew, I can finally stop that torrent. :p

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2013 at 13:18

Identical to 4 pics 1 word.
Which I already play.


This http://www.heyzap.com/game/whats-the-word-4-pics-1-word ? Any good?

mrew42  Feb. 12, 2013 at 13:28

Identical to 4 pics 1 word.
Which I already play.


This http://www.heyzap.com/game/whats-the-word-4-pics-1-word ? Any good?


Lol, you've got far too much time on your hands :)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2013 at 15:11

Doing my job ;) :p

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