June 17, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Hanging With Friends Free

Developer Quote: "Hanging with Friends brings a brand new twist to the classic game of hangman that adds creativity, strategy and fun for all ages."

- COST: Free     - APP STORE STARS: 4
- Categories: Entertainment, Games, Native, Social Networking, Word Games
Always enjoying a good word game throughout the day, I recently stumbled upon Hanging With Friends Free. Now I sneak in a couple of rounds during the work day(shhhh!), as well as stay up a bit too late with this new addiction of mine. Hanging With Friends Free is a colorful new hangman type game. The good part is that you can invite friends to play with you by using Facebook Connect to do so.

Choose an avatar, invite a friend or play a random opponent and then make a word to send to that friend. Gain bonus points by making longer words which you can store in the "bank" to buy future lifelines. The friend will attempt to uncover your word, make one of his own and then send it back to you. At that time, you can enjoy the voyeuristic fun of watching a replay of exactly which letters your friend used to guess your word. It is a playback that shows all the hits and misses, and frankly I find this quite amusing seeing how my friends' minds work!

You might think Hangman is a childish game. Let me advise you it is not! With only a limited amount of guesses to reveal the word, you have your work cut out for you. If you do not guess the word, one of the 5 balloons your avatar holds will float away. Whoever ends up losing all his balloons first because of incorrect word guesses, also loses the game. However, don't despair since there are 3 lifelines offered to you in the form of icons right above the word blocks. Use one if you must, but be careful because it's hard to build back up points to obtain new lifelines once you use up yours! Some of the addicting and puzzling features of this Hangman word game for iPhone are as follows:

• Cute characters in perilous situations
• Instant replay lets you see your opponent’s guesses
• Use strategic lifelines for hints
• Turn based design lets you play up to 20 games simultaneously
• Play with friends or find a match with a random opponent
• Stay in touch with friends and family with in-game chat messaging
• Push notifications tell you when it’s your turn
• Find friends to play with easily using Facebook Connect

The convenient thing about this game is that you receive push notifications when it's your turn to play. There is no rush to play, and you can move at your own pace as there is no timer involved. Use the Chat feature to playfully connect with your friends during the game to let them know just what you think of them giving you that horribly difficult word! Hanging With Friends Free is a lovely addition to your iPhone or iPad because it is challenging yet relaxing and loads of fun for all ages.

COOL CONCLUSION: "Puzzle over guessing words your friends have prepared for you with the engaging and addicting family word game Hanging With Words Free."
--Date/Version: Released 6/9/11 - Version 1.0
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Special Note: The full version without ads is available for $1.99 from the App Store.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer Link: Zynga

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