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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Good idea for a word game, but so-so execution.

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While the idea is straight-forward enough, some users will have trouble figuring out the visual clues to the words or phrases. And oftentimes you're not given credit for "close" answers.

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A link from the main menu takes you to a credits page, which has links to other games by the developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DoodlePhrases is a word puzzle game that urges users to guess the meaning of hand drawn visual representations of common phrases. For example, a depiction of the word "Life" repeated six times with legs attached to each word would equal "From all walks of life". The game has time limits of one or three minutes and offers both beginner and advanced levels. The game is very particular with its answers. Sometimes you're given credit for a close guess, but other times you are not, which is a bit baffling and annoying.

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Is it any good?

DoodlePhrases, as a concept, seems like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the game is tripped up by a couple of factors. First and foremost is the inconsistency with how precise you need to be with your answer. If you see a pony wearing sneakers and type "horseshoe," you're wrong -- but type "horse shoe" and you get the points. It has subjective judging that penalizes you for being slightly imprecise. Also, if you're a slow typer (or have big fingers and are prone to typos on the iPhone or iPod Touch), you'll chew up a lot of time inputting your answers, which is never fun in a timed game. If you love thinking creatively with words, it might be worth the risk; otherwise DoodlePhrases is one you can pass by.

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