What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 4 Pics 1 Word is a puzzle game that focuses on reasoning and deduction. During our review, we didn't see much in the way of iffy content, but the developer regularly adds new pictures and warns that there may be some "mild" mature themes. Kids might be tempted to get hints rather than think things through -- which could expose them to in-app purchase offers.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- making conclusions
What Kids Can Learn
4 Pics 1 Word wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. But the game does require players to look at pictures analytically and use deductive reasoning skills to determine the answers.
What's it about?
Players are shown four seemingly different pictures and must figure out the common theme by typing a word from a collection of 12 letters at the bottom of the screen. Once they've deduced the one-word solution, they earn a few coins and are shown the next set of photos. When the theme proves difficult, players can either remove letters from the 12 -- or have one filled in on the solution.
Is it any good?
4 PICS 1 WORD is hardly the most mentally stimulating puzzle game on the market -- and there are other games that offer the same sort of gameplay -- but it's catchy nonetheless. Figuring out the answers is generally pretty easy, but when you have to stop and think, there's a sense of triumph in figuring it out.
Better still, the lack of a registration requirement is refreshing, and the game does have that "one more turn" addictive quality that so many good titles possess. Ultimately, though, it might prove too confusing for younger players and too easy for older ones.