I have to say of all the Zynga games so far, Hanging With Friends is still my favourite by far. Maybe it’s the challenge of finding the perfect word. Maybe it’s the rivalry that forms after playing a few games with a total stranger (or your Mother!). Maybe it’s the look on your opponent’s face as they plunge into lava after exhausting their final failed guess. Yes, it’s probably the look. But whatever the reason, I still find Hanging With Friends as enjoyable now as I did when it first launched last summer.
To Zynga’s credit, they have been able to maintain the players’ interest by periodically implementing little bonuses. Hardly a holiday season goes by without some new character or balloon design being added to the game. These new additions remain available in the coin store for a limited amount of time, and then disappear… but once you’ve bought them, they’re yours to use forever.
Zynga took these bonuses a step further by introducing Missions to the game. You can work on a maximum of three Missions at a time, starting off with very simple tasks, and progressing in difficulty and time consumption. Having difficulty with a particular Mission, or simply not interested in completing it, but would still like to see the next level? You can skip a Mission but it’s gonna cost you! Coin. Be prepared to hand it over if you’re looking to take the easy road through the Missions.
As you progress through the various levels you will be rewarded with more coin, or an item that is unavailable in the coin store. Consider it a bit of a status symbol to have balloons that your opponents do not.
On a related note, I have noticed a real lack of resources and strategies for Hanging With Friends. Sure you can find an article here or there, but nothing comprehensive. I’ve decided to take it upon myself to change that! I am getting close to unveiling my ultimate Hanging With Friends membership site, and offering people the chance now to sign up for instant notification when this goes live. A few quick notes about the membership site: