Red Herring, a new Windows Phone word game suitable for all ages

Red Herring

Red Herring is a new Windows Phone word game from the developers behind 7 Little Words. It's more of a casual game with no timer or score to achieve.

The goal is to group a collection of words into the correct category. The game has three levels of difficulty and daily challenges. Red Herring comes loaded with fifty puzzles with additional puzzle packs available through in-app purchase.

Available for low-memory devices, Red Herring makes a nice first impression and with three difficulty levels, the game has appeal for Windows Phone gamers of all ages.

No-nonsense menu and simple game play

Red Herring Menu

The main menu for Red Herring holds options to take on the daily challenge, work on the Imagination collection of puzzles and purchase thirteen additional puzzle packs. A settings button is located at the bottom right corner of the gaming menu that will open up options to turn on/off the sound and access links to Facebook, Twitter, Support, the About Screen and a FAQ section.

Red Herring Tutorial

The first level of play is more or less a tutorial that will walk you through game play. You are presented with three categories and sixteen words. It is your job to group these words into the appropriate category.

Red Herring Levels

Prior to each level of play, you will be given the choice of the difficulty level you want to play. Red Herring has three difficulty levels that include:

  • Safe Harbor (Easy): You are given the three categories with some of the words already correctly grouped.
  • Smooth Sailing (Normal): The categories are hidden but some of the words are already correctly grouped.
  • Deep Water (Hard): The categories are hidden and none of the words are pre-grouped.

Game mechanics have you tapping/holding a word and sliding it into the correct (or what you believe is the correct) category. Once you get all four words correctly grouped in the Normal or Hard difficulties, the category title will be revealed. With the Easy difficulty, once the words are grouped correctly the words wiggle momentarily.

Red Herring Normal Difficulty

Should you get in a bind and need a gentle nudge in the right direction, a hint button sits below the word field. Red Herring provides you with ten free hints with more available through in-app purchase.

Red Herring Trivia Fact

As a bonus, some words (those marked with an asterik) can be tapped to reveal an interesting fact about that word. These trivia windows are a nice touch and gives Red Herring a bit more of an educational slant.

Overall Impression

Red Herring's casual play may not appeal to everyone and some may find the puzzles too easy. However, they do become more challenging and the Hard difficulty can give you fits. Along with challenging the older crowd, I can see Red Herring being a good choice of games for your Windows Phone Kid's Corner to help your children learn word association.

I did have a few issues with stability with Red Herring when I first launched the game. When I went to launch game play, Red Herring repeatedly crashed. Once I reset my Windows Phone, the game played without a hitch.

Overall, I liked Red Herring. The pace is casual and the puzzles can be challenging. I wouldn't mind seeing a timed gaming mode to challenge players to complete the puzzle as quickly as possible. Maybe add that to the Daily Challenge to give players bragging rights?

While we have plenty of word games in the Windows Phone Store, Red Herring is one title that should appeal to many gamers, both young and old.

  • Red Herring - Windows Phone 8 - 5MB - Free - Store Link

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Reader comments

Red Herring, a new Windows Phone word game suitable for all ages


What's with all the complaints here guys? Appreciate developers working on bringing apps to our platform. It's well designed, has some nice animations and looks like fun.

I dream with a day that I haven't to comment here about a game not being available here in Brazil...

Ahh, can I suggest a new logo alongside the "512mb support" one?? "Available in Brazil". :P

My daughter has this game on her ipad. This is a very good game, Great family and friends type game. Thanks devs for bringing it to the platform. I hope it comes to the Surface.

I have this game on my Kindle Fire-- It's pretty challenging if you set it on Hard. I doubt that I will shell out for additional game packs with in-app purchases, but they also have a daily puzzle that you can get for free. For a word geek, this is a fun and challenging little game. 

I've been playing this for the last week and love it! I had some problems with crashing at the beginning but the developers responded quickly and solved my problem. It's been really fun and I like that you can restart the game to an easier level if you run out of hints.

Really fun game. Harder than I expected on the middle level... Also I sent it to my son's phone and told him it counts as vocabulary training for school. :P