How to play Red Herring:

1. Group words into categories.
2. Look out for the Red Herrings, pesky little words whose sole purpose is to mislead you.
3. Have fun!

Red Herring is a unique new puzzle game. Each puzzle has only one correct solution and there's no time limit. Three difficulty levels make it suitable for the whole family.

Red Herring is FUN, CHALLENGING, and EASY TO LEARN. Don't say we didn't warn you if you can't stop playing. Give Red Herring a try today!

From the creators of 7 Little Words and Moxie.
Retina and iPad ready. Optimized for iPhone 5.


Red Herring contains 50 puzzles and a daily puzzle that you can play for free. Additional puzzles are available for purchase inside the app.

What's New

Version 2.1.0

Under the hood improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

15.1K Ratings

15.1K Ratings

Was 5 *, but slipped a bit.

Busy shopper

Update! Just got an update from the developer, and it’s just great to know they took the time to respond to my note below. Back to 5 stars all the way!!

I love this app. Some categories are obscure, but that’s just a way for me to learn. The reason for only 4 stars is because with the latest update, you can only see the daily puzzle for the current day. In previous releases, you could work the last 3 days, like Monkey Wrench and Seven Little Words. I’ll continue to play the game, hopefully daily. But I guess I’ll just miss the days I miss, & be glad there’s one free puzzle per day.

Developer Response

Thank you so much for updating your review!

A developer true to their word


I play this game daily and after one of the most recent updates the format for daily free puzzles was changed. I took issue with that change and let the developer know that I was not happy and changed my review of the app to one star and heaped scathing ridicule on them. They assured me that the format would return to its original form and it has. Therefore I hereby declare “ I LOVE THIS GAME “ and will continue to play it daily. Thanks guys!!

Developer Response

So glad you continue to enjoy the game! Thanks for updating your review!

Great for 2 or single play


For a great brain tune up I do the free daily puzzle faithfully. I prefer the hard mode and really appreciate the fair “unlimited hints” option. A friend opens Red Herring on her iPad giving us a big screen to play RH together brainstorming aloud and laughing a lot. Especially appreciated is the response comments on Facebook elicit from the game developers. And not just tech support, they listen to my occasional quibble over an answer. Long live Red Herring!

Developer Response

Awww we're blushing....


Blue Ox Family Games, Inc.
16.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Blue Ox Family Games, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Curiosity - 50 Puzzles $1.99
  2. Unlimited Hints $2.99
  3. Brilliant! - 50 Puzzles $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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