4 Pics 1 Word is an online game sensation with over 220,000,000 players worldwide. It was created and released February 13th, 2013, by the game company Lotum, and is still in the top 100 chart today in 2017.
The game is simple and easy to play and learn. The concept is there are 4 images that are related in some common way to illustrate a word the game is trying to prompt you to guess.
It prompts you and helps you along by giving you the number of letters in each combination of 4 images that you are trying to guess. The words range from only 3 to up to 9 letter words. The 9 letter words are harder in difficulty, as it is much easier to guess a shorter word range.
The game has thousands of levels and pictures, so it is one that can be played for hours upon hours at a time before you complete all the levels. It is technically a word puzzle and image challenge game combined, as you have to have a wide English vocabulary in order to answer all of the image relationship questions, and you also have to use the images and connect them to each other in your mind.
The level of difficulty in the game varies based on your level of vocabulary and experience, however it is not too hard to pick up. Even players with varied vocabularies may have trouble at some point and need to check an answer site or ask a friend for help in order to move on to the next level.
You are able to make in app purchases, however the game is free and open to all people to play at no cost. It is written and played in English, however some of the words may be foreign to US users as it is written from an English perspective with words both words that are commonly and not commonly used in the US.
This causes some people to find it hard to complete all the answers on their own, as they may not even know or be familiar with some of the words used in the game.
It is made for all ages and has a rating of “everyone”, and contains no inappropriate content or graphic images. While playing I noticed it would be extremely easy for someone to come along and make an inappropriate or incredibly graphic similar version of the game that would likely garner many players and downloads as well. So if anyone is looking for a game development idea, you are welcome, I am sure it would be a hit.
The game is made for all phone types and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It currently has a 4.4/5 Google Play store rating. 4 Pics 1 word as a game is still at the top of the app charts and I would expect it to stay that way for some time.