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 2.2.1

All new puzzles!!! Download this update to play the new "Tangrams" pack of 50 brain teasers!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30.3K Ratings

30.3K 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!

Celvet ,

Pretty good but could use improvement

I enjoy red herring and feel that it is a great idea for a game. The reason for three stars is the following. I get that game development is expensive, but I am getting both ads and pay in app expenses. If ads are going to be included then they should either disappear when one makes an in app purchase or there should be more puzzles offered for free.

One place where the free puzzle platform could be expanded is on the daily puzzles. I note that one gets the last thirty days if one buys a pack of older daily puzzles. But what about allowing us to just have access until the puzzles are posted as older daily puzzles? There are several years that are not listed. You could let us keep the puzzles we’ve completed and as those puzzles become older remove them and place them in packs. As it is, even if you purchase one of the packs, you only get the last thirty days. It would be fun to have the last 6 months up until they get “packed”.

Another problem is that sometimes the developers have incorrect information. For instance: Twice now they have had the category “Big Cats” and have included cats that are wild cats but are not big cats (no, ocelots are not big cats). This is just an example, but maybe you need a consultant in the life sciences?

I know the second point may seem to be quibbling, but it is only one example. There have been several gaffs of this sort.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful input.

Timewaster10.0 ,

Big change

Haven’t played in a couple of months or so, and was very surprised by the change in difficulty. The puzzles were so easy, in fact, that I was sure that my categorizing couldn’t possibly be correct! I’m sure that you’ve gotten complaints that the puzzles are too obscure or difficult, but I liked them because they were a challenge and I could learn things. Now they’re made for a 4th grader. I hope making the puzzles that easy was just a knee jerk reaction to the complaints and that the puzzles will once again be challenging.

Developer Response ,

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


Blue Ox Family Games, Inc.
16.4 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlimited Hints $2.99
  2. Curiosity - 50 Puzzles $1.99
  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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