One company has finally decided to take hangman... TO THE EXTREME!!
Of all the things I thought to be taken "to the EXTREME!!" I honestly never imagined that hangman could be one of them. But sure enough, developer Blue Heat Games found a way. And surprisingly, it's pretty darn fun.
The "extreme" moniker seems to come mostly from the situations our hangman finds himself in. Instead of simply trying to avoid the hangman's noose (although that classic scenario is included), the animated stick figure is fighting off a zombie invasion with a shotgun, trying not to get his stick-neck snapped by a secret agent, or other suitably "extreme" scenarios. Get a letter right, and the figure shotguns the zombie, sees the sneaking spy, etc. Get one wrong, and he's that much closer to a somewhat bizarre (and yet strangely entertaining) death. The humor extends elsewhere, as well. My rank changed from "President" to "Rap Star," leaving me wondering whether I'd ranked up, or down.
The game might also earn its "extreme" billing thanks in part to the word categories available. Hangman is simply a lot more fun when you're guessing words in categories like Movie Titles, Cocktails, Comic Books and Actors. The downside is that these categories can sometimes be a little too specific. I bartended for two years and still had a tough time with the Cocktails category (did YOU know there is a drink called 'esoteric solipsist'?).
A big plus is the game's ability to ping a server and download new categories upon request, greatly enhancing the game's replayability, and overall value. It's a feature that ALL mobile trivia titles need to adopt. Unfortunately, I played the game in a rural area, and was never able to successfully connect to the server to download fresh word packs. I absolutely give publisher SkyZone the benefit of the doubt that the feature does indeed work, but since it didn't work for me, then you'll need to consider that it might not work for you, depending on where you are.
The core of any hangman game is, ultimately, selecting letters. So you'd think the developers would have nailed this single bit of interactivity before other game elements, but it seems that wasn't the case. The interface isn't awful (honestly, it's hard to screw up letter selection too badly), but it is a little unwieldy. You move a curser U/D/L/R to select the desired letter, but the entire alphabet can't be viewed at once, so you run into some funky scrolling, and line break issues. Many times I scrolled all the way to the right to find "N," only to remember it's back on the left side, off screen, starting a new line. Honestly though, it's never too much of an issue.
Rounding out the package is a more traditional two-player mode where one person inputs their word of choice, and the other then attempts to guess it. A networked version of the title featuring online multiplayer was recently released as well, but that functionality isn't present in this version.
Extreme Hangman is ultimately an amusing little game that would undoubtedly get more attention from you than you'd guess, if you give it a shot.
What's Hot: Amusing Hangman animations. Unusual categories
What's Not: Selecting letters slightly troublesome. Network support not available everywhere.