The gameplay in Hangman Hijinks is very straightforward - guess letters correctly to spell the 3 main words, then solve the bonus word for extra points. Regardless of how simple this may sound, however, the free word game requires thought and planning to maximize your performance.
Your main goal is to solve the 3 main words before guessing wrong 7 times. To accomplish your goal, you have to start somewhere, so take your best shot and guess a letter you think has a good chance to appear. If you can string together multiple correct guesses, your multiplier will increase, as shown by the stick figure girl climbing the ladder. Unfortunately, any wrong guess will send her back to the bottom to start over.
If you are able to solve a single word, it may just be the catalyst you need to solve the other words. In the three main difficulty modes, all of the words that appear are themed. You can see which theme you're playing while in Easy mode, but in Medium and Hard mode, the category name is hidden. While not having the category name visible certainly makes the game more difficult, you should be able to use any solved words as clues to the nature of the other words in the puzzle.
Once you solve the 3 main words, you'll have an opportunity to solve the bonus word. The Bonus Round has 2 phases in Hangman Hijinks:
- Make your free guesses. (5 in Easy, 4 in Medium, or 3 in Hard/Random) You'll see how many you got right after you enter your final guess.
-Complete the word without making a mistake. In this "sudden death" mode, any wrong guess ends the word game. Note that you still get credit for winning the main game, even if you don't solve the bonus word.
For each correctly guessed letter, you receive a set point value. Points (per difficulty mode) are awarded as follows:
- Easy - 1 point per letter
- Medium - 2 points per letter
- Hard/Random - 3 points per letter
If you reveal several letters with one guess, you get combined credit for each of them. Additionally, each letter that scores is multiplied by the current multiplier value. For example, in Easy Mode, if your first guess is "E" and there are 2 in the puzzle, you'll get 2 points (1+1) times the current multiplier (1x) = 2 points. Let's say your next guess is "S" and there are 4 in the puzzle - now you'll get 4 points (1+1+1+1) times the current multiplier (1.5x) = 6 points. Note that fractional values are rounded down in this game, so if you scored 3 points x 1.5, you would actually only receive 4 points.
In the Bonus Round, you stand to win a fairly significant number of Tokens depending on your performance. Your multiplier from the main game carries over into the bonus round, and if you solve the bonus word, you'll get a set number of points times the current multiplier. Points (per difficulty mode) are awarded as follows:
Easy - 5 points
Medium - 15 points
Hard - 30 points
If you manage to guess every letter without ever making a mistake, you will receive a Perfect Game Bonus in addition to your regular game points. Points (per difficulty mode) are awarded as follows:
Easy - 20 points
Medium - 50 points
Hard - 100 points
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