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AppSnap: Guess the Emoji a fun, addictive game

I love emojis. Those little critters can always express exactly how I’m feeling in a text message.

So when I saw puzzles of Guess the Emoji starting to show up on my Facebook newsfeed, I wanted to try out the game for myself.

The game centers on the Japanese emojis that are on iOS devices. The emojis are combined to form a phrase or word. The game gives you 20 letters to use to try to spell the answer. A correct answer moves you to a new puzzle and a new challenge.

For each answer that is correct, you gain a coin. You can use those coins for hints on puzzles you’re stuck on, such as to expose a letter, remove a letter or solve the puzzle completely.

You can also ask your Facebook friends for help, allowing the game to post the puzzle you’re stuck on directly to your friends’ newsfeeds.

As with most games, Guess the Emoji starts off pretty easy, with emojis such as a cornstalk and a puppy, forming “corn dog.” After a few levels, the game gets quite a bit harder, forcing me to use up my coins to solve the puzzle when I couldn’t figure out that a leaf and a pig were supposed to be Canadian bacon.

The game is highly addictive, and even when you set it down, you’re still thinking about the puzzle you ended with before you put your phone down. Guess the Emoji makes you think, while also being fun at the same time.

The “ask your Facebook friends” feature is a neat idea, and well-integrated into the app. It’s nice that the feature adds some interactivity to a single-player game. However, someone not playing the game could get annoyed if these puzzles kept clogging up someone’s newsfeed.

The game makes me want to keep coming back, which is the signature of a good game. It’s easy to use and can be played for any duration of time. I recommend downloading the free Guess the Emoji app from the app store whenever you get the chance.

Four out of five stars.