Will Verduzco · Jul 17, 2013 at 08:00 pm

OCR-Enabled Auto Solver for 4 Pics 1 Word

We’ve all been there… You know, when a casual game stops being quite so casual and the obsession starts to kick in. Soon thereafter, the game stops being so fun, and quickly becomes something that you have to do, rather than something that you want to do. At just about this stage, though, a funny thing happens. You stop being able to accept defeat, and instead become hellbent on finishing every puzzle the game has to offer. Word puzzle games such as the incredibly popular 4 Pics 1 Word are especially prone to this effect.

So what do you do when you’re playing 4 Pics 1 Word and you encounter a puzzle that you are simply unable to solve yourself? Thankfully there is a solution, thanks to XDA Forum Member alinium_, who has crafted a solver application to put your fatigued mind at ease.

A solver app—no big deal, right? We’ve all seen similar apps on the Internet before. However, what sets alinium_’s app apart is that it uses OCR to read the possible letter choices so that you don’t have to type them in manually. After all, the goal is to save yourself the grief, not add to it.

Using the app is incredibly simple. All you have to do is take a screenshot and import it into the solver app. After that, you’re presented with a list of possible solutions. And if your device doesn’t have baked-in screenshot functionality (pre 4.0 or disabled by OEM) and you haven’t rooted and added a screenshot app, you can still enter the letters and number of characters manually.

Save yourself the headache and head over to the application thread if you’ve had enough brain drain for one day.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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