Guess the Emoji

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Picture puzzles challenge, sometimes too much.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

Gameplay is fairly straightforward and self-explanatory. 


There are images of guns and references to violent concepts and movies (Pyscho, for example).


There are mild references to sex-related content such as Playboy and pole dancing.


There are numerous references to movies and brand-name items. Ads appear on the bottom of the puzzle pages, and pop-up ads show up from time to time. There also are links to install additional apps from the publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarettes and alcohol appear in the imagery, and there are references to drug-, alcohol-, and smoking-related items, such as "drug mule" and "pub crawl." 

What parents need to know

Parents should know that Guess the Emoji uses emoticons (smileys) to form rebus puzzles representing objects, locations, popular sayings, movies, and products. The answers include subject matter that likely will be too mature for younger players to recognize. Some of the sayings are very specific and will be difficult for anyone who isn't in touch with popular culture, both current and from the past 30 to 40 years. Banner ads on each page may entice, or even trick, kids to click through. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byControl_Freak_Mom July 24, 2018


Teen, 13 years old Written byyogurt12156 June 7, 2021

Fun game, can get challenging

The game can get challenging, but it's fun! Appropriate for any age, but can be very difficult for younger children and toddlers.
Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2020


well it was good...

What's it about?

GUESS THE EMOJI is a series of rebus puzzles that use emoticons to represent common sayings, objects, locations, people, and movies. Each puzzle is presented with a blank space for each letter and a collection of letters to use for the answer. Players earn coins for correct answers and can redeem them for hints that either expose a correct letter, remove a letter from the choices, or solve the puzzle entirely. You can buy more coins with real money. Players also can ask for help on Facebook. There were 100 puzzles at time of press.

Is it any good?

For a free app and casual gameplay, Guess the Emoji is a fine choice. It's easy to play a few rounds while waiting in a line. Younger kids are likely to find the puzzles too difficult, and sometimes inappropriate, especially as the levels increase. For teens and adults, a quick search online can help get you past the tricky levels if you run out of coins and don't want to buy more. It's light, no-frills puzzle fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Make your own rebus puzzles using the emoticons on your phone or by drawing pictures. 

  • Create rebus stories using emoticons. 

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love puzzles

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