Challenge Yourself with What’s Playing


Price: Free
What’s Playing
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

What’s Playing is an app created by Violet Arts that challenges users to guess specific words based off of little hand-drawn animations.

Easy to play and quick to learn, What’s Playing promises to provide instant fun to iOS users and is a great party game.


What’s Playing provides users with cute, hand-drawn animations and a letter bank from which they need to choose the correct letters to state the correct word that the animation is depicting.

Users can enjoy an unlimited number of “chances” per animation as they’re trying to figure it out, and through spending some of their in-game coins they can purchases hints/help when they’re stuck.

Getting an answer correct allows users to pick a surprise prize (typically some number of coins) and users also get to start out with a decent number of coins when they first begin What’s Playing.

It even lets players connect with their friends though the app to purchase advice when they’re stumped or to compare how far each person has advanced through the game. The game currently features 400 different stages of challenges, with more promised in future updates.

Perhaps my only complaint about What’s Playing would be that sometimes the letter bank letters would already be arranged in the order of the word, making the game far too easy to really be enjoyable at times.

However, this didn’t always happen, and when the letters were adequately mixed up, What’s Playing seemed appropriately challenging.

What''s Playing iPhone Game Review

What”s Playing iPhone Game Review

Appearance and Layout:

The graphics for What’s Playing are perfect for it.

The app was obviously created with both practicality and beauty in mind, and the layout and appearance of What’s Playing are simply excellent. The fact that no registration process is needed before getting to enjoy playing is appreciated, as it allows for a very streamlined playing experience.

A quick tutorial is provided when first opening the app that instructs players how to redeem their coins for the various help/hint options, and the icons given for each of the redemption options align well with their intended purposes.


What’s Playing is a free app, and its fun graphics and simple (but challenging) animations should keep many players adequately entertained.

The social aspect of the game provides a fun twist somewhat unique to What’s Playing, allowing players to compare their achievements with those of their friends.

So get the party started! What’s Playing is definitely a great app that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

whatsplayingqrWhat’s Playing requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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