Zyngaâ€™s version of the classic Hangman game is now available for free on the Android Market but with slightly tweaked gameplay and much much cuter graphics. The game objective remains the same, guess the word that was given by your opponent. If youâ€™ve played Words with Friends, youâ€™ll notice similarities in the main menu interface and the graphic style.
Hanging with Friends canâ€™t be played alone, (nor with a computer as an opponent) as the name suggests. You can invite friends to play with you through the Facebook integration or with other friends who have the game in their mobile phones too. At the very start of the game, you will be asked to choose your character. After choosing, you will then be taken to the game interface.
At the very top, youâ€™ll see both your name and the name of your opponent. Under it will be icons of balloons. These indicate how many you are still hanging on to. Youâ€™ll also notice a bonus point bar, I will get to this later on. At the middle of the screen youâ€™ll see your character and your opponentâ€™s character suspended midair with balloons over a river of molten lava. As you may have guessed, instead of seeing a stick drawing hang if youâ€™ve missed the letters, Zyngaâ€™s version involve balloons popping. This might be an effort to make the game more child-friendly.
You are given 4 strikes or four letter misses per word. If you donâ€™t guess the word correctly and youâ€™ve struck out, youâ€™ll see your character floating lower than your opponent. If you look closely, thereâ€™s a great chance he/she will be scowling too. However, if you guess the word correctly, youâ€™ll stay on the same height level. After your turn, you are given a set of letter tiles that you can form a word on. My advice is to create an 8-letter word that is difficult to guess and not used in common everyday conversations. The created word is calculated and the points go into your bonus bar.
As soon as a playerâ€™s character falls into the lava, he/she loses the game.