4 Pics 1 Word

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Catchy one-player guessing game has an addictive quality.

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Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

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. 

Ease of Play

The solution to the puzzles is usually fairly easy for adult and teen players, though younger kids might struggle with some. 


Occasional pictures show a woman in a bikini, but not in a sexualized way.


Players earn coins by guessing words, but must spend them to get hints when they're stuck. Additional coins can be purchased for $1-$20. The free app has ads; players can upgrade to an ad-free version for $1.99.

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What 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byGilc15 September 30, 2020


This game is not only frustrating, it also rips you off because it doesn't always give you your points. It doesn't seem to know when a month has less... Continue reading
Adult Written byLillianR July 11, 2018

Too many glitches

Don't waste your time...the game rarely loads. I have been trying to get the game to load for over 20 minutes. Not good, very annoying.

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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. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, logic, making conclusions
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 13, 2013
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 43.40 MB
  • Version: 2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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