Parents' Guide to

Hanging With Friends

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hangman meets Scrabble, against online opponents.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Nice game but some MAJOR flaws

Will somebody please tell me why this game will not me play "morphed" or "rehome"? Those are perfectly fine words. If the game won't recognize perfectly valid common English words, then what good is it?
age 8+

Fine for younger kids if they are supervised

My eight year old daughter loves this app. She plays with her friends all the time. I'm trying to understand why the site rated it for 14 and up?? Maybe because, depending on who you are playing, the words can be hard to guess? Or maybe because it allows users to play strangers? I've just told my daughter that she is only allowed to play her friends. I also told her that I will frequently check the dialogue on the chat part. Neither of those "rules" have been a problem for us.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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