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Learn How To Play Hangman

Charise Rohm Nulsen / July 30, 2020
Learn How To Play Hangman

Hangman is a fun guessing game that can be played right here online. This game can be played by anyone with basic spelling skills. The game can be used for educational purposes or simply for fun. You can also customize the game to change the level of challenge. Best of all, learning how to play hangman is a breeze!

What is Hangman?

Hangman is an easy word game to play when you need to pass the time or when you only have a short amount of time to play a game. It is especially enjoyable for people who like guessing games and word games. 

How to Play Hangman

In the traditional version of Hangman, the object of the game is to guess the word before the stick figure character is fully drawn. In our version, you have to save the character by guessing the full word before all the balloons pop!

Learning how to play Hangman is easy! When playing traditionally, one person thinks of a secret word that the other person will try to guess. They display spaces to represent each letter of the word or phrase that they have in mind. Take note that proper nouns and slang words are not allowed!

The guessing player takes as many turns as they need to guess letters that might make up the word the other player has in mind. The guessing player keeps up until they either solve the word or phrase or until the character has all its parts drawn (or all the balloons pop!). 

The puzzle giver may not change the word or phrase that they have in mind throughout the game, and they will fill in correct letters to the applicable part of the puzzle. If a letter is guessed but doesn’t fit the puzzle, that letter is displayed so the guesser can keep track of what they have already said. 

For each incorrect letter, the puzzle giver also adds a body appendage to the character (or pops a balloon). The traditional appendages are made up of a head, body, two arms, and two legs. To make the game easier for the guesser, the puzzle giver can provide more tries by adding items like hair, hands, and feet to the character before deciding the game’s over. In our version, you'll have a different amount of balloons to hang on to, depending on the difficulty you chose.

If the guessing player fills in the entire word or phrase before the character is drawn out, they win. The guesser can also win if they solve the word or phrase before all the letters are filled in. If the character is finished before either of these things happen, the puzzle giver wins.

Hangman Strategies

When playing traditionally, the puzzle giver can enhance their chance of winning in various ways. They can choose a phrase rather than a simple word. This means that the guessing player will have more letters to figure out which makes it more challenging. The puzzle giver can also choose a word or phrase that uses more uncommon letters. Examples of these uncommon letters are “j,” “x,” and “z.” Secret words with more vowels are also harder to guess.

However, playing online is a bit different. Here are some tips for playing Hangman online:

Common letters first! The guessing player often starts by guessing the most commonly used letters. Examples of commonly used letters include “r,” “s,” “t,” “l,” “n,” and “e.” Guessing common words is key when learning how to play Hangman, as this will give you a major advantage when playing with other new players.

Start small, get bigger. There are three difficulty levels you can choose from. It’s best to start on the easiest level first to get your bearings. Once you’ve completed that, move on to the harder levels for longer words. But be careful - the harder the level, the less balloons you’ll have!

Think about the category. No matter what difficulty you play, the category at the start of each game helps the guessing players narrow down what the secret word could be. Examples of categories are person, place, or thing.

Now that you know how to play Hangman, you’re ready to take on the beast! You can play hangman online to practice your skills and strategies. Playing word search games online is another fun way to hone your word game skills and come up with new words to use in hangman the next time you are a puzzle giver.


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