Guess!

Common Sense Media says

Social word game similar to Draw Something but not as fun.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The gameplay is fairly straightforward. It's guessing the words that's hard. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There are no sexual issues with the game, but players can chat with strangers, which could result in some unwanted offensive words or phrases.

Language

There's no iffy language in the game, but players can chat with strangers, which could result in some unwanted offensive words or phrases.

Consumerism

The app is filled with ads and, via in-app purchase, players can pay to make those ads go away or purchase in-game coins. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. The game tries to advertise itself on your Twitter and Facebook pages (but requires your permission), and players can chat with strangers through the interface. In 2014, the developer was fined for claiming to be COPPA-compliant when they were in fact collecting personal info from kids under 13 without a parent's consent. They have since updated their privacy policy and terms of use, which include more details on their use of cookies and sharing info with third parties (they do both). According to the updated policy, the app is not directed toward kids under 13, and they "do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Guess! is a word guessing game that is played with (and against) others, in a similar vein as Draw Something. While the game is fun to play with people you know, players can also compete with strangers online, which could expose them to inappropriate language. The game promotes vocabulary, and children might want to play -- but if they do so, it should be under close supervision. The game also offers in-app purchases using real-world cash, but they are not essential. The free version of the app includes heavy advertising.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

What Kids Can Learn

Guess! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Guess! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players must write clues for words, but are restricted in the hints they can give. For instance, the word might be \"Santa,\" but they're not allowed to use the words \"Kringle,\" \"Christmas,\" or \"reindeer.\" If the person they are playing with guesses the word, they both get coins. The game goes in rounds, with each player taking a turn at writing hints. Coins can be used to buy other words when none of the choices is appealing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Guess! is, in many ways, the love child of the old game show Password and Draw Something, so it's a tried and tested formula. And the game is certainly fun, but it's not perfect. 

Finding a friend to play with isn't as easy as it is in Zynga's "With Friends" games -- and random opponents are hit and miss. (In our testing, we found some nice people and some really offensive ones.) Ultimately, though, typing out hints is a little less fun than drawing them, so the game doesn't have the fun factor it's aiming for. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 7, 2012
Category:Word Games
Size:13.50 MB
Publisher:TinyCo, Inc.
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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