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A Rebus game, that keeps your brain fresh! Now that's a welcome change in our day-to-day life.


Today we’ll review a Rebus game. A Rebus, you ask? If you’ve never heard of it, let me briefly explain: Rebus games are riddles using pictures to represent words or parts of words and syllables, respectively. “G+?” would be an easy example. (*Solution at the end)

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Now, shall we take a look at the game?

Rebus.io Gameplay

The first riddle is a no-brainer, right?

Simple and clean design makes you focus on the riddle

Whether you are a beginner or an old-stager, it’s always good to have a tutorial to explain the game and controls. Said tutorial is easy to understand, short and lets you start sooner than later.

At first, you’ve got to reckon which word you have to guess – quite simple, but it gets more tricky when you look at the cue pictures. Their meaning is not always clear at first sight. Thankfully, you can buy clues for all pictures with coins. Note: If you’re not a native speaker, keep a dictionary at your side or on your phone.  The game is definitely a great way to train your vocabulary and your brain!

Rebus.io also comes in a nice and simple design with a colorful yet decent color palette, which doesn’t distract you from thinking. Same goes for the whole game screen, because this app is ad-free, which underlines its clean and professional look.

Don’t think for too long – or it lags

So, while it is definitely great food for your brain, the increase of the difficulty level is quite steep. It would be nice to have a few more easy riddles in the beginning, so beginners could enjoy this game a bit longer. Of course, it’s fun to think about a riddle for a longer period of time, but the transition from easy to harder could be smoother.

Since you are going to need (a lot of) coins at one point, it would be great to have an opportunity to gain some additional coins without spending money. Why not implementing a perfectly balanced rewarding system, so the users get more hints, but the app can still stay ad-free and the developer gets something out of it as well.

The first two points are rather optional, but we would love the third one to improve: stability. The app crashes quite regularly on our testing devices (Asus ZenFone Selfie, Samsung J5), especially if you idle for a while. It is condonable a few times since the app starts within just a few seconds, but this workaround can’t be the final solution.

Rebus.io Screenshot

The yellow bar on top tells you, that there’s still a better option.

What we love about “Rebus.io”

  • Simplicity and color palette
  • No ads
  • Food for the brain

What we’d like to see in the next update

  • Slower rise in difficulty
  • Possibility to earn free coins
  • Smoother performance

The Verdict

If you are in need of some food for your brain, you should definitely install Rebus.io until lunch. It is available on Android!

*The solution is “Gear”. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


All pictures are in-game screenshots.


Susann Schrader
Susann is the founder and CEO of Daikon Media and a passionate mobile gaming expert.

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