Developer: Jai Krishnamoorthy
Price: FREE (paid version available)
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Many games are inspired by the classic Hangman formula, and although it doesn’t sound interesting, in context there’s an awful lot of fun to be had with Hangman 2020.

IMG_0309Easily accessible, the game follows the same mechanics; guess the word and save the little dude from execution. One or more players can gather around the iPad to play along against the “computer,” and although I can’t say I have tried every similar Hangman-style game out there this one definitely ticks most of the boxes designed for the casual gamer.

What’s so different about Hangman 2020 is the ability to pick from a long list of categories that offer their own extensive library of words. Some of the categories contain hints, which also make the guessing game that little bit easier, whereas others are straightforward blind guesses, which ramp up the difficulty more than slightly. What was amusing is that though the category “Words” was considered easy, I struggled more than if I had just stuck with the other specialized categories despite them being listed under medium difficulty. Mind-boggling to say the least; it definitely was much more exciting to guess the various characters or places from the Harry Potter series. For those who are proficient or well-informed about anything and everything, a timed bonus also allows players to gain extra points if the word is solved in record time.

IMG_0305One of the features that every Hangman game offers is the risk of sending a poor stick figure to its demise, and Hangman 2020 takes this formula and raises the bar with its especially entertaining animations that show the poor fella’s expression go from relief to full-on despair as he inches that small part closer to death. It certainly shines with more personality than if it were just simply the basic ingredients of any old Hangman game, and this is what makes Hangman 2020 extra special.

That said, Hangman 2020 is certainly not for everyone. Those who tire of repetition, or get distracted easily will probably not enjoy this classic reboot for long periods of time. However, in short bursts or as an entertaining and laid-back activity to enjoy with a couple of friends, this is the perfect little time-waster. With the added option of trading coins for a limited amount of bonus upgrades, there’s plenty to keep the casual gamer busy here.

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