Version Reviewed: 1.3
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
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Having already been featured in countless Vine videos since its inception, 4 Snaps is hoping to become the newest social gaming phenomenon. With a similar format to Draw Something, 4 Snaps presents the player with 3 words of mixed difficulty, then asks them to describe that word using only 4 photographs (taken personally or pulled from the camera roll).
What makes 4 Snaps so fun and shamelessly addictive is the fact that players have 4 photographs, and therefore 4 chances to help their friend guess the word. It's entertaining trying to interpret and present that word in 4 unique ways, and funny to see what friends can come up with, too. Seriously, try expressing 'Negative' via a photograph, it's impossible. The photographic clues I received for 'Armpit' weren't pretty either, but it's all in good fun. Upon guessing the right word, players will be rewarded with coins that can be used to refresh the selection of words or help with guessing. The interface seems like an amalgamation of all of the most successful social games, presented in a minimalistic and youthful style that is a pleasure to use.
For most people the preferred sign up method will be Facebook, however it is possible to sign up via email as well. Once inside the app they'll be able to connect with Instagram followers, but only by annoying them with glorified advertisements. Otherwise they can challenge random players and hope for the best. As the developers warn, this is done at the players' own risk, since allowing a stranger to send pictures of themselves is something I'm sure every parent would be terrified of where their kids are concerned. It's a feature that works well in other social games, but definitely shouldn't be included in this one, especially considering the young demographic this is aimed at.
4 Snaps has the makings of the next big social multiplayer game. Twitter integration, for those who have abandoned Facebook over the years for one reason or another, would only help to build a larger database of players. While the random match option seems like nothing but a bad idea, anyone obsessed with Snapchat or Instagram most likely fall in love with 4 Snaps.