Word Charades: Taboo Style Group Game for iPhone

Price: Free

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Word Charades iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Here at The iPhone App Review we love it when apps go beyond the boring single player format and get a group excited. Needless to say, we love Word Charades, a new Taboo style group game from GrubbsieDev. If you’re a fan of this wordy group game, or are looking for something to play with the family, our iPhone app review of Word Charades will be right up your alley.


When we said Word Charades was a dead ringer for Taboo, we weren’t kidding. It’s the exact same game, just packaged and organized for the iPhone and obviously not by big game seller Hasboro. In case you’ve never played Taboo before, here’s how it works. You break up the players into two groups and choose one person to start the game. The person who starts the game is given a word. Her job is to get the rest of her team to guess the word, without saying any of the five closely associated terms underneath the word on the card.

There’s a reason the original and Word Charades are big hits: it’s not as easy as it sounds! And it’s a lot of fun to think up inventive clues to get your team to guess your word. There are some neat extras tucked into the Word Charades app that make it the best digital rendition of this gaming style we’ve ever seen.

Word Charades has an ever-growing database of over 1,000 word cards to pull from, so you’ll never have to worry about repeat words. It also lets you create your own custom cards, which we think is a genius idea. There’s a helpful app tutorial and even a score edit option in case someone makes a mistake (no cheating though!).

The result is an app that’s a lot of fun to play with friends. Word Charades is bound to be a party pleaser.

Layout & Design:

Word Charades iPhone App Review

Word Charades

We were a bit surprised to find that Word Charades is only optimized for the iPhone and not the iPad. As part of the game, you’ll have a spotter looking over the clue giver’s shoulder all the time, so the bigger screen would be a great way to make playing the game easier.

Otherwise the app design is fine, if a little uninspiring. It’s black, pink and grey motif is easy to see and play on, but frankly we expected something a little more special for such a lively game.

Overall Value:

You can download and play Word Charades for free, to a point. There are two in-app purchases that you’ll probably want to make, and they each cost $.99. One gives you access to approved cards made by other players. The other purchase gives you 500 additional game cards. Without those you might end up repeating cards ever so often in the free version, so you’re going to want to shell out a buck to get them.

We wish the app had a flat price to include all the extras, but appreciate the developers making a limited version of Word Charades free for all.

Word Charades iPhone App QR Code

Word Charades



Word Charades iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “Word Charades: Taboo Style Group Game for iPhone”

  1. Lauren says:

    This is one of my favorite games, and I’m so glad that it finally has a version for the iPhone!

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