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Description

Think is an image-based quiz game newly released from June Software, previously known for moderate successes in Guess the Celeb and Tiny Run. It’s similar to games like Guess the Emoji, but uses a unique set of icons and illustrations to represent a vast array of English words, phrases, and names. Think is minimalistic to its core; the interface consists solely of an image (or five) and a space in which to type an answer. With only these spare resources at your disposal, you must navigate thirty chapters of puzzles. Warm up your brain–this one is going to be tough.

Review

Playability

We’ve rarely seen a more minimal interface in an app, but Think’s playability doesn’t seem to suffer as a result. Unlike normal brainteaser games, which include an in-app letter bank or keyboard for entering answers, Think is the most sparse-looking game we’ve seen in years. The screen features only a simple, black-and-white image (or set of images) and a field for entering text. Players must enter the answer exactly as it’s intended, with no typos (although the game isn’t case-sensitive). The whole experience gives a stripped-down feeling to Think that’s sorely lacking in other games. There are no distractions from your task, and the graphics are clear and easy to understand.

Originality

Think is a breath of fresh air in a marketplace crowded with “Guess the ___” clones. With totally unique art and a fun hint system that involves Albert Einstein’s disembodied head, this game looks and feels totally different from the brainteasers we’ve come to expect from the iTunes store. Even so, we’d be lying if we said Think was entirely original. The basic concept of the game lies on well-trodden ground, and the IAP system is the same share-or-pay gimmick every other quiz game uses. Still, there’s not one other image guessing game on the market that includes prepositions as part of its art, and that’s a high honor.

Difficulty

Think starts off simple and gets tough, as any good quiz should. The presence of prepositions and “the” icons makes things much more intuitive to your brain than the emoji set, assuming you know what a preposition is. However, the hint system is remarkably prohibitive. You’ll only get three hints for the entire game. Once you’ve used those up, you’ll need to drop some IRL dough on a new pack or go begging to Facebook. Still, with all the Think answers sites already popping up, that shouldn’t pose much of a problem.