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 2.3.6

We update the app regularly so we can make it better for you. Get the latest version for all of the available features. This version includes bug fixes and performance improvements (including tweaks to make sure we look our best on new Apple devices).

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33.8K Ratings

33.8K 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!

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.

kellynnmakenzie ,

Just ok

I got this because I find these types of games really enjoyable! However, I was really dissatisfied after realizing that I only get ONE pack of puzzles for free, and the other 37 packs cost 1.99, which yeah is not that much but after downloading a FREE app I didn’t expect to only be given ONE free pack and pay for the rest.. They have bonus packs for free IF you purchase more puzzles first. Really, why market something as free when nothing in-app is free? Just make people buy the game to begin with. Although, I find this aspect of the app very disappointing, it is the best and most easy to use categorical game I have come across. Would love to give five stars, but really just kind of disappointed by the developers. Kind of a dick move.


Blue Ox Family Games, Inc.
44.8 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
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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