A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hanging With Friends is a hangman-style game that allows players to find opponents among their Facebook friends and Twitter followers or even complete strangers. The open chat interface introduces some privacy and safety issues. The app can be glitchy; sometimes letter tiles do not display properly. There is also a free, ad-supported version of the app.
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What's it about?
Players build a word for their opponent to guess using a set of 12 letter tiles, which earn them points depending on the placement of bonus spots (double letter, triple word, etc.). The points earn players gold coins, which they can use to buy avatars, backgrounds, and other extras. To guess a word, players choose letters until the word is revealed; they only get a certain number of strikes (wrong guesses) before they lose the round and one of their avatar's five balloons pops. When one player loses all five balloons, the game is over.
Is it any good?
HANGING WITH FRIENDS is a cross between hangman and Scrabble (or Words With Friends): You create words for your opponent to guess, and then guess the words they've created. Each time you guess you get a few mistakes before you've missed the word, and then one of your five balloons pop. Run out of balloons, and you lose the game. Meanwhile, you get a set of 12 random letter tiles to create words, and there are bonuses for double- and triple-word or letter scores. Get enough points, and you're rewarded with coins that can be used for lifelines that give you a hint or remove a mistake.
There does seem to be an interface issue where the letter tiles do not always display properly. Still, the game is quite fun to play and adds a twist to the traditional hangman game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage your kids to play with people they know in real life -- including you! If your kids play against random opponents, make sure they know to keep personal information private, and to resign from any game where a random opponent behaves inappropriately.
Encourage your kids to look up the meanings of unfamiliar words.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Tech Skills: social media
Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, solving puzzles
- Price: Free-$1.99
- Release date: June 9, 2011
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 19.40 MB
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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