4 Pics 1 Word

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4 Pics 1 Word
4 Pics 1 Word logo.jpg
App icon
Developer(s)RedSpell (iOS)
LOTUM GmbH (iOS/Android)
Publisher(s)RedSpell (iOS)
LOTUM GmbH (iOS/Android)
Platform(s)iOS, Android
ReleaseFebruary 13, 2013
Genre(s)Word game, puzzle
Mode(s)Single-player and multiplayer

4 Pics 1 Word is a word puzzle game created by LOTUM GmbH, available for free on Android and iOS.[1]

Screenshot showing switch for in-game ads in lower left corner


4 Pics 1 Word's gameplay is very simple: each level displays four pictures linked by one word - the player's aim is to work out what the word is, from a set of letters given below the pictures.[2] The game is said to follow the freemium model: although the game is free, microtransactions are available to help the user progress through the game more quickly.[3]

Effect on cheating[edit]

The game is written from an English dialect perspective, as well as contains some unfamiliar words, causing some people to turn to cheating sites or apps to get the correct answers. According to psychology PhD Jamie Madigan, "people are more likely to cheat when they are anonymous and that they’ll cheat less the more they are connected to other gamers — the more, in other words, that they are known."[4]


4 Pics 1 Word has received mostly positive reviews. PC Advisor gave the Android version 4/5, praising its entertainment value, but stating that the social aspect could be improved.[1] Pocket-lint featured it as their "App of the Day" on the 25th February 2013, praising both its simplicity, and its social aspect.[5] What Mobile also gave it 4/5, praising its simplicity and execution, whilst criticizing its frequency of highlighting the "hint" button.[6]

There is also a German version of the game called 4 Bilder 1 Wort.[7]


  1. ^ a b "4 Pics 1 Word (What's The Word?) review". PC Advisor. February 12, 2013. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Davison, Pete (February 20, 2013). "4 Pics 1 Word (iOS/Android) review". AdWeek. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Wer findet die gesuchten Begriffe in 4 Pics 1 Word?". Bild der Frau. March 28, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "WHY PEOPLE CHEAT AT WORD GAMES". WordPlays.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "APP OF THE DAY: 4 Pics 1 Word review (Android/iPhone)". Pocket-lint. February 25, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Walls, Alex (February 19, 2013). "Game Review: 4 Pics, 1 Word". What Mobile. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "4 Bilder 1 Wort Lösungen | Alle Level gelöst [AKTUALISIERT]". 4 Bilder 1 Wort (in German). Retrieved 2022-03-28.