Thursday, October 24, 2013

Undiscovered App #44: Hangman2020 - Not Your Father's Hangman

Hangman2020 HD
Every once in a while I come across a game that I think might elicit a "Meh" just by looking at the app icon or screen shots, but then end up being totally surprised at its entertainment value. Today's Undiscovered App just happens to be one of those, and to make it fly under the radar even more, it's about a classic game everybody has played: Hangman.

I mean, just take a look at that app icon. It's about as generic as it gets, and you'd never be able to tell what the game is about just by looking at it.

But for all its graphical shortcomings, there's a few things about Hangman2020 that make it worth taking a look: the one that caught my eye the most was that even though it was called Hangman, there wasn't actually a man getting hung as you got the letters wrong. Instead, there were a number of animations of a cartoon character's impending doom, all dependent upon your ability to guess a word from the hint you've been given. With each wrong letter, you may find the cartoon edging closer to a giant circular saw, and if you're clueless or sadistic enough, you might just see him get ripped apart. Or in another setting, there's one where a fire gets bigger and bigger until, well, you get the picture.

Hangman2020 screen shot

One other interesting bit was that there was actually an educational aspect to it. The words you guess sometimes have educational clues, kind of like Jeopardy! - and it's up to you to guess what the clue is referring to. After you guess the word correctly or incorrectly, it sometimes links you over to a Wikipedia article so you can read more about it in depth.

There's also a little bonus timer that gives you extra points if you guess the word under a certain number of seconds, and if you don't get it in time, no big deal - the cartoon character doesn't edge closer to his death until you actually guess an incorrect letter.

Hangman2020 has an average rating of 5 stars from about 10 reviews. This is a surprisingly fun Hangman app that we recommend.


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