PictoWords is a casual word game similar to a rebus puzzle — you know the ones, in which you form a word or phrase from pictures and letters. Each round you're offered a selection of square picture tiles, round letter tiles, and a few hints in case you get stuck. Using the blank spaces above, it's your job to fill in as many words as you can using both pictures and letters. It's a slightly quirky but very challenging word game that stretches both sides of your brain.
Unlike a true rebus, the pictures in PictoWords aren't homonyms. If you get a picture of a bee, for example, you can add an R to make BEER, but you can't add ING because that would spell BEEING. You'll get a bonus for not using the HINT button, but you may also like to just guess — there's no punishment for getting things wrong. If you guess and a word doesn't make sense, you can click on the icon of a book to get the definition. You can also stumble upon bonus words, although annoyingly, they don't help you win the level.
Analysis: The construction PictoWords keeps things extraordinarily simple with a clean design and few bells and whistles. It's just you, your wit, and a series of tiles that will outsmart you more times than you might want to believe. Unfortunately the high level of difficulty often comes from guessing which word some picture tiles represent. I'm still trying to work out what the square of brown was. Is it "brown"? "Tan"? "Ecru"? Winning is its own reward in this game, as you're chasing a high score and get bonuses for not using the Hint button and for getting all the words instead of just enough to pass. Nothing spectacularly amazing (no bonus levels, power-ups, no nifty explosion of colour).
On the upside, this is an extremely addictive game, one for the hard-core puzzle fanatics. If all you need to keep you happy is a picture of a house and a welcome mat and the letters T, E & R, PictoWords is definitely your game.