Joining the epic pantheon of ‘guess the…’ games kick-started by the sweeping tsunami of logo quiz apps that everyone, literally everyone, even lost tribes of the Amazon, was playing last year, now it’s time to see how you and your friends fare with films…
Back in what we both fondly and vaguely refer to as ‘the day’ there was a popular TV programme in the UK (and probably similar takes around the globe) called Catchphrase. It featured an Irishman called Roy Walker with one of the worst personal catchphrases ever – “It’s good, but it’s not right” – who would point contestant at a screen with a half-bottomed animation of a popular saying or phrase and ask them to “say what they see”. Roy, if you’re still with us, you’ll love this.
Strikingly straightforward, you begin with 11 free levels of 16 to 32 images apiece, some of said levels featuring simplified representations of movie posters, others cartoony avatars of their stars, one or two comprised of pics drawn from standout elements, and some that are painstakingly pure literal sketches that spell out film titles as though Biff Tannen was rapping on your forehead and shouting “Hello, McFly?!” at the same time.
From the truly creative and challenging to the imman ediately obvious, this is a well-balanced time-waster that rewards runs of correct answers with hints to help get you past the harder, more inconspicuous clues, attempting to keep the game flowing… despite the best efforts of ad-avalanche that utterly ruins the earlier rounds and almost plunges the whole app into an unplayable mire of full-on Basil Fawlty fist-shaking anger.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Yes, with ads dropping in and popping up far more constantly than is comfortable, you may be tempted to delete Guess The Movie quite quickly, but stick with it, for as you progress up the levels they lessen in their hateful frequency before seeming to vanish altogether, leaving you with a perfectly playable guessing game. Expect to see it being passed around pubs and public transport everywhere soon!
Current version: 1.23456789
Requires Android 2.2 and up