Atomic Hangman Jr

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Save your puppet from destruction with well-guessed letters.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about concepts including science, social studies, history, pop culture, arts and literature, and more in addition to practicing spelling. Finding the right word to answer the clue is educational by itself, but each word has an information card with a definition or more information. While Wikipedia and Wiktionary aren't the most reliable sources, no errors were found during the review process. 

Ease of Play

Though there are no directions, most kids in the target age range will be familiar with the basics of hangman. 

Violence

There is no character-on-character violence, but losing puppets are shot by ray guns, attacked by bats, beamed up by aliens, knocked down by chandeliers, or otherwise "punished." There is no damage to the puppet, but it does make a sad face. Comic book-style exclamations such as "Wham!" and "Zap!" appear at the same time. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Atomic Hangman Jr is a paid, kid-friendly version of the free Atomic Hangman app. It uses educational content from a variety of topics to provide kids with single or multiplayer versions of the word-guessing game hangman. Some content can be shared via the share mechanism on the device (from email and any accounts that are logged in, as well as connected printers). At the end of each game, the app displays additional information about the word from that round. The content comes from Wikipedia and Wiktionary, both of which use crowd-sourced content. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byAdriene R. March 2, 2017

Too violent

My 9 year old tried this and stopped immediately. A puppet facing death and dismemberment from rats, bats, and spiders is not an incentive for learning. Too vio... Continue reading

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What's it about?

ATOMIC HANGMAN JR uses educational clues and words as well as a silly setting to present an otherwise traditional hangman game. Kids can choose between single and multiplayer options. Multiplayer through Game Center matches two players to compete to finish the same word. There are 11 topics to choose from in two age groups with three difficulty levels each. The categories include pop culture, arts and literature, social studies, geography, science, history, and compound words. Kids use a string puppet as their "hangman," which they can customize with some simple painting tools. Gameplay is straightforward: Kids choose letters in an attempt to complete or guess the word suggested by the clue. In some cases the clues are quite specific, such as asking for a synonym for a word or a U.S. state, while others are more vague, such as "adjective" or "noun." Each wrong guess cuts one of the puppet's strings. Lose them all and the puppet falls to the ground and meets an ugly fate, such as a boulder crashing down, an attack by a ray gun, or an alien abduction. In the end it's a puppet that looks distraught, but no harm is done. 

Is it any good?

This engaging and educational hangman game uses the traditional format with the occasional bit of quirky content. Atomic Hangman Jr is a fun way to learn new information, and most kids will delight in all the many fates that befall their puppet. It has a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote feel as objects crash down with a "Wham!" comic book bubble attached. The multiplayer option is a nice addition, but there aren't always others available to play against and it may be frustrating if young kids are paired with older kids or adults. The biggest concern is the educational content itself: Due to the source material, definitions aren't always as clear as you would find in a dictionary, and circular definitions appear regularly, though no glaring errors were found during the review process.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using apps such as Atomic Hangman Jr for learning. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What did you learn? 

  • How do you like this app as compared to other apps you could play? If you had/have limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

App details

For kids who love spelling and word games

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