Pictoword: Word Guessing Games, available for Android through the Google Play store, is a fun and somewhat challenging word puzzle game that is aimed at all ages and skill levels. With hundreds of puzzles to solve, there is plenty of content here, with even more available through extra packs, but how does the puzzling stack up?
Pretty well, as it goes. The basic premise behind the game is to create words from two separate images, displayed side by side. So, for example you might have a picture of falling rain next to a photo of a cross-bow, and the answer would be ‘rainbow’. It sounds simple, and it is but that is not to say that it is too simple, as many people will fall in love with this sort of visual word puzzle game, especially on mobile.
The pictures the app uses are often the most difficult aspect of each puzzle, as there can be landmarks, historical figures and even current celebrities to get each part of the word from. This adds to the challenge, and also the humour. Some people will get some of the puzzles straight away, but others may be stumped for quite some time, especially on some of the questions from the more difficult packs.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
Picture Guessing Games for every level of player
– Word challenges come in varying difficulty packs
– Guessing games are fun for kids in Easy mode
– Put your brain to the test with Hard picture packs
– Brain training gets even more fun, addicting and intense with the extreme difficulty picture pack!
Fun addicting word puzzles in tons of picture guessing categories
– Test your knowledge unscrambling words from pics of historical figures, landmarks & countries
– Guess the word from pop culture photos of celebrities, characters, movies & brands
– Classic word games come free – unscramble over 300 word puzzles in the free classic pack
– Puzzles are updated all the time! New addicting categories like food, games & more!
There is a pass and play multiplayer feature built-in, Facebook integration to ask for help on puzzles, and the ability to email requests for help to friends. You get 300 puzzles for free with the app, with other packs available.
The look of the app is decent, with good presentation throughout. Each of the pictures is pretty clear, with no unfair examples that I could find, which is very important considering the basis of the game is recognising images.
Overall, Pictoword is a good word puzzler. With plenty of free content, plus more available optionally, good graphics and an intuitive interface, we recommend Pictoword to anyone looking for their next word puzzle fix.