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