Category: PC Word Games

Hangaroo

July 14, 2013 | | Add a Comment

HangarooHangman is one of the classic word-guessing games, and the Hangaroo game is based on Hangman. Hangaroo has an entertaining talking kangaroo and a colourful interface that makes it appealing to both the young ones and the young once.

Overview

Playing a Hangaroo game is very easy. You simply have to guess words or phrases from various categories. You are given a limited number of guesses and you can only pick one letter per guess. You have to get the answer before you run out of guesses because if you don’t, the kangaroo gets hanged!

Differences from Hangman

Even if Hangaroo is an offspring of Hangman, they do have some differences.

The first obvious difference is instead of a man, a talking kangaroo is used. Unlike the man in Hangman, this kangaroo is not silent; it utters different things when you get a right or wrong letter. Some of them include the following:

“Ooooh!”

“Sweet!”

“Haha!”

“Good job!”

“Don’t make me bust out my kung-fu!”

“Oh, yeah!” or just “Yeah!”

“Oh, boy.”

“Thanks a lot there, Einstein!”

“Do you have something against kangaroos?!”

“Isn’t it time for you to get back to that side show? Freak!”

“(incorrect letter)? Oh, good job, chief!”

“(incorrect letter)? You do know how to spell, right?”

“You’re not helping me much there, buddy!”

“Are you stupid or something?”

“Ah, you did read the rules, right?”

It is really entertaining to hear the kangaroo speak, and it’s one of the reasons why the game appeals to people of all ages. The kangaroo also does different gestures like giving you a thumbs-up, smiling widely, frowning, raising his hands, covering his ears, etc. In addition, the kangaroo is already complete when the game begins, so no drawing is involved, unlike in Hangman where every part of the gallows and the doomed man are drawn for each wrong guess made. The game ends when the drawing is complete.

Another difference is that in Hangman, players usually guess only one word. In Hangaroo, the guessing game has a vaster scope: you can guess book or movie titles, authors, quotes, television shows, constellations, cast members of a show, popular sayings or phrases, and many more. With so many categories, the fun can almost be endless!

A third difference is Hangman does not have levels; you either guess the word or not and then move on to another guessing game. Hangaroo challenges you to get more correct answers because you progress to other levels as you reach a certain number of right answers. When you complete all levels, you not only win, you also get to save the kangaroo!

Lastly, Hangman is normally played with a pen or pencil and paper. Everything is done manually – the drawing of the man and the gallows, the blanks, and the letters guessed. Hangaroo, however, is more up to date: you can play it online or download it as one of your apps on your mobile phone or tablet. It also has sound and visual effects that Hangman does not have, so it is not surprising for Hangaroo to be easily liked by many people.

How to play and scoring

As mentioned earlier, it is very easy to play Hangaroo. You simply have to click a letter from the alphabet above the words or phrases you need to guess or you can just type the letters you wish to guess. If you guess correctly, the letters will automatically appear in their respective blanks. An incorrect guess will warrant a red X, which will also be seen above the alphabet. 4 incorrect guesses will strike you out of the game, so make them count!

You are not given points for every correct guess you make; in fact, there is no scoring in Hangaroo. You just get to move on the next level where more puzzles await and hopefully save the kangaroo!

Hangaroo today

An updated version of the game has over 120 categories and 8,500 items to guess! A lot of them have interesting trivia, making room for more “did you know” facts into a player’s general knowledge. Moreover, the game can now be customized with your own word lists and categories, making it an even more fun game!

Whether you want to test your word-guessing skills or your general and stock knowledge, Hangaroo can allow you to do either in a fun and entertaining way! You have a talking kangaroo to cheer or jeer you on, making the game more interesting. Even if you get annoyed at the sometimes sarcastic kangaroo, you’ll still want to save it!

How to Play Chicktionary

May 9, 2013 | | Add a Comment

chicktionaryNo, this isn’t a game that involves women and their words. What other meaning of “chick” can you think of? That’s right, this game actually involves chickens!  It was originally created as “Fowl Words,” but it was eventually changed because people might confuse it with the word “foul,” which may hinder them from checking the game out. With so many word games out there, what makes Chicktionary worth playing and how is it played?

 

What is Chicktionary?

Chicktionary is a variation of the word games Word Twist and Anagrams. At the top part of the game, there is an egg rack. The egg rack has several rows of three- to seven-letter words represented by eggs. The eggs are initially blank, but every time you form a valid word, it is revealed in the corresponding egg row. So for example, you are able to form the word “lie,” then it will appear in one of the three-letter word egg rows. The number of rows per two-, three-, four-, five-, six-, and seven-letter words corresponds to the number of words you can create per group from the letters below the egg rack.

Forming words

Below the egg rack are seven chickens. The seven chickens have a letter on each of them. There is one or two major words that can use up all the letters and you are given bonus points when you are able to get it or them.

There are two options you can use to form words. One is by tapping or clicking a chicken and then submitting it. The other is to type the letters into the words you want to form and pressing enter. It is easy to know if a word is valid or not because the “word” label lights up (in green) when you form a legitimate word. In addition, you can also monitor the words you’ve already formed because of the “duplicate” label that turns red when a word has already been used.  You can also look at the egg rack to review the words you’ve already formed.

Scoring

The points you get will depend on the length of the words you form. Three-letter words are worth a hundred points each, four-letter words will give you 200 points, five-letter words get you 400 points apiece, six-letter words are worth 800 points, and you earn a whopping 1, 600 points for every seven-letter word. You get an extra 10, 000 points if you get to form all the words!

In addition, before every round, you are asked to make a bet as to how many words you think you can form. You are given three options for every wager and each one has corresponding bonus points. For example, for your first round, you are asked to choose from 8, 13, and 19 words. If you find 8 words, you get a thousand extra points, 3000 for 13 words, and 10, 000 for 19 words. Aside from getting bonus points, you need to reach the number of words you bet in order to move on to the next round. As you progress, the number of words you can bet on increases. Also, if you fail to reach the number of words you bet, the game will end.

Scrambler and Trix

Don’t know what word to form? You can shuffle the letters by clicking the scrambler button or if you’re using a tablet, just shake it. You can also drag the chickens into different positions to have a different perspective and hopefully get to form more words.

The game also has two ways you can get hints. These are Free Bird and Beak Sneak. With Free Bird, you are given one entire word for free. With Beak Sneak, one letter in each word is shown. You can use them whenever you seem to have difficulty in forming words.

Game modes

Chicktionary has two game modes: timed and untimed. The timed version allows you to form words within 120 seconds per round, which is definitely challenging. If you don’t want to feel any pressure, you can go for the untimed mode.

 

Chicktionary Coop

The newer version of Chicktionary is Chicktionary Coop. Players can earn golden eggs as the game’s currency and use them to buy virtual stuff like clothes for the seven chickens, making the game more fun and colourful. It has the same rules and gameplay, so it isn’t confusing.

Playing free word games like Chicktionary is a great way to bond with kids or to simply have fun while learning. Whether you opt for free word games or paid ones, this game should be on your download list!