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 25 puzzles and a daily puzzle that you can play for free. Additional puzzles are available for purchase inside the app.

What's New

Version 2.2.0

Red Herring now requires iOS 10 in order to continue getting updates.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21.8K Ratings
21.8K Ratings
Busy shopper

Was 5 *, but slipped a bit.

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!


Disappointed in the latest version

What happened to the three daily games? Only one day is available to play now. There used to be three days available to play which was great, especially if life got busy and I missed a day or two. I could always go back and catch up on the previous two days' games. Very disappointed that you took away that feature. Dropping my rating from 5 stars to 2 stars. You were always my go-to game. Not so much now.

Developer Response

Sorry. The 3-day Daily Puzzle format will be returning in the near future.


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.
16.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 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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