One of the most enjoyable things about developing a site like this is you get to look at a lot of different word games and figure out what makes them tick. Once you get past the cosmetic differences and gimmicks, most games still revolve around a handful of basic vocabulary challenges.
Looking for Good Hangman Words?
It has recently come to our attention that there are a large number of people in the world who cheat at online hangman. They use technology to crack good hangman words. Who knew? I swear, we built our hangman solver strictly as an academic exercise! To quote Captain Renault in Casablanca:
I’m shocked, shocked to find gambling going on here!
We at Hanging Hyena, as loyal guardians of the public morals, have launched a historic research project. Yup, we’ve already booked our tickets to Stockholm.
Our question: Are certain words for hangman harder to guess than others?
This specific question isn’t exactly unexplored. However, most of the available studies presume an unassisted human player will be using their findings. That’s just so 1995! We’re moving this analysis into the 21st century, and providing our participants with access to the finest hangman solver on the Internet! Our new question:
What words should you play in hangman if you suspect your opponent is cheating?
In other words, we want very HARD hangman words….