Iconic lateral thinking icon game now on Windows Phone

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Fresh from success on other platforms, Iconic - a game based around associations of common icons and diagrams to represent real names - is now on Windows Phone, with the tag line 'Crack the visual code'.

The vision for Iconic apparently came out of 'the realization that a huge chunk of our time is spent interpreting icons: Stop, Go, Play, Shop, Smile, Like, Share. Well, what if the names of bands, movies, and celebrities could also be displayed in this way?'

Here's Richard Horin, co-founder of Flow Studio: "People are now used to visual ‘abbreviations’ of all sorts. We read symbols much faster than text – faster than ever before. With Iconic, we’ve pushed this ‘visual language’ to the extreme and made it beautiful with minimalistic design cues. Iconic is a completely original, ridiculously fun puzzle game for pop culture fiends ready for their next challenge."

From the Store description:

- 200 awesome hand-drawn icons
- Categories include Movies, Music, and People (with more categories to come)
- Share any quiz on Facebook if you need help from friends
- Every solved puzzle includes a Wikipedia excerpt

As is typical with a freemium title, players earn in-game currency simply by playing the game. As coins accumulate, they can be redeemed for three types of hints (exposing a correct letter, removing an incorrect letter, or solving the entire puzzle). Or, of course, you can buy coins with real world money as in-app purchases, or even earn them by helping the game spread socially:

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Early puzzles, easily solved!

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I had trouble with this singer name, but I used the built-in hints system to work out that I was spelling the name wrong....!

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Earning - and buying coins to use for hints. And, thankfully, the in-app purchases don't seem too outrageous, for once. Well done to the developers.

At times easy, at times hard, often USA-centric, this is still a great idea for a game. You can grab Iconic here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store