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

17.4K Ratings
17.4K Ratings

Like potato chips, but the bonus packs are discouraging

Analytical Guy

(I’m knocking my score down a point because suddenly I find I have to see ads for the DailyPuzzles, even though I’ve paid for every upgrade they’ve ever asked for.)

I just updated to the latest version, and the main "improvement" I can see is that now I see ads for another of their games, which I happen to already own.

The game is addictive. No matter what minor things I might complain about, there's no arguing that the game is addictive, with a constant stream of free daily puzzles to keep you going forever.

Now some complaints, although they won't actually lower my 5-star review.

Sometimes the solution requires me to know two-word phrases that I've never heard of, like: Straw mushroom, Indian cucumber, Mate tea, Backroom boy, etc.

One bonus pack called "Brilliant" had a puzzle where 8 of the 16 words were:

Ceylon, Formosa, Kiera, Titicaca, Darjeeling, Upper Volta, Lapsang Souchong, and Tanganyika.

Cities? Lakes? Rivers? Types of tea? I'm confessing to my own ignorance here.

The pack called "Curiosity" has required a lot less googling then "Brilliant."

Still, the game is like eating potato chips. Even after a frustrating round, it's very tempting to click "Play Another." :-)

Developer Response

Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. We understand your feelings about the advertising. It has become a necessity in the current environment, but we are working continuously to minimize any negative impact.

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!


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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