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Hanging With Friends

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Hanging with Friends is a fun online multiplayer word game for iPhone where you can match up against your friends to play a unique version of Hangman. From the makers of the popular game, Words with Friends, this fun game lets you register an account or connect with Facebook to play against people in your friend list or other players who also own the game. You also have the option to pass-and-play on one iPhone.

Hanging with Friends has a colorful and cute interface in which avatars of you and your opponent hang from floating balloons above lava. If you strike out (or are unable to solve the puzzle) you lose a balloon and get that much closer to the lava. If you strike out five times (and your final balloon pops), the game is over and your opponent wins.

Not the pen-and-paper game you remember from your childhood, Words with Friends takes a different tack on playing the classic game of Hangman. Once a game is set up with a friend, you select from several random letters to make a word for your friend to solve. Your friend will then receive a push notification and attempt to solve the puzzle in as few tries as possible, selecting from the letters of the alphabet. The longer the word you come up with, the fewer strikes your friend will have to work with. If your friend solves your word, it's their turn to make a word for you. If they strike out, they'll lose one balloon (more on this below) and then create your word. We really like this revision of the hangman rules and we think it works great for the sometimes long breaks between turns on two people's iPhones.

Like the mega-popular Words with Friends, we think Hanging with Friends makes for a great turn-based game to play on your iPhone. With a new take on a classic game, cute graphics, and challenging gameplay, it's easy to recommend this app to any fan of word games.

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