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Santa Claus is Coming to Town… and He’s Hanging With Friends!

Published December 7, 2012 - 0 Comments

I’ve waited a long time for this… last year we got a female elf character for Christmas…  Sure she was cute, but she was still a FEMALE ELF… I had hoped Zynga would introduce a Snowman, or Reindeer, or even Santa… but nope.. a female elf.  Oh, I think they gave us the Nutcracker guy then too.  Still nothing spectacular.

Well…   For the last week I’ve been watching the Hanging With Friends coin store daily to see whether they introduced something new.  I wanted to be the first person in my games to have a new character if there was one.  And guess what?!

SANTA CLAUS!

CANDY CANE BALLOONS!

A WINTER THEME!

Hanging With Friends: Missions

Published April 9, 2012 - 0 Comments

What did I say wrong??

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.

I do.

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:

  • This is a paid subscription site, and as such a small ($3-5) monthly fee will be charged, but the content will be awesome.  I promise you that!
  • This is not a random word generator site.  Those are for lame players.  I don’t use them, and I won’t promote their use.
  • Your gameplay will improve tenfold.  I guarantee it.  If you’re not playing at a higher level after implementing my proven strategies, contact me for an immediate full refund.  I’m only happy when you’re happy.
  •  You are signing up to be notified when the membership site launches.  This is not a commitment from you to join, only that you are interested in learning more when the time comes.
  • Your email address is sacred, and will not be shared with anyone.  Its sole purpose is to notify you of this launch, and will not be used for anything else.

 

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Zynga’s Hanging With Friends Introduces The Coin Store

Published September 24, 2011 - 1 Comment

Zynga recently unveiled the long-awaited coin store (complete with in-game customizations) as part of their Hanging With Friends game for IOS and Android systems.  Using real money, you can now purchase coins which can be used for lifelines, or to customize your character or balloons.  If you’re not interested in paying for coins you can still accumulate them the old fashioned way by playing the game, and building them up through the point value of each letter / word.

But  be warned… if you’re considering saving up to get some spiffy new balloons, it’s gonna cost ya…  Anywhere from 75 to 4000 coins to be exact.  That’s ok, though.  You can just dip into your real bank account and purchase a set of coins from the low price of $0.99 (70 coins) to the not-so-low price of $49.99 (5000 coins).  Yup!  $50 can get you a wicked set of virtual balloons to hover over molten lava with!  If that seems like a great deal of real money, that’s because it is!  But look on the bright side.  They’re yours for life!  Seems like a good deal now, doesn’t it?  No, me neither.

I did upgrade my balloons from the default colourful to the rather drab looking grey (150 coins).  Some people might consider that to be a downgrade, but I’ve always been rather partial to that colour scheme.  (Just take a look at the current blog theme)

So imagine when you find a random opponent with some of the 4000 coin balloons!  You know that you’re up against someone who is serious about their Hanging With Friends!  Or they simply have a lot of spare change laying around the house, and nothing better to do with it.

Aside from the balloon upgrade, you can now choose a premium character starting at 500 coins.  (Zynga also promises to release other goodies on a regular basis)  I don’t have a problem with the balloons, but when it comes to the characters, I think that Zynga might not be going about this in a smart way.  My issue is this:

Some of the “premium” characters are not exactly special or unique in any way, and charging 500 coins for them is ridiculous and wrong.  I like to use the example of the blonde girl, but there are others there as well.  She is the only blonde female character to choose, and if I was a woman with blonde hair, I would probably want to use her as my character.  For some reason I would have to pay 500 coins ($9.99 if you don’t want to have to build up to 500 coins through the game, which would take forever) to get a character that resembles me.  Why does the red head get her character for free?  Or the brunette?  It just doesn’t make sense.

Now when it comes to special characters, I’m all for paying for those.  If I want to be a pirate, it’s gonna cost me some coin.  And presumably Zynga will add more exciting character to choose from… maybe an astronaut, lion tamer, or blogger.  The choices are endless! But there should be a distinction made between the ones that are free, and the premium characters.  I hope that Zynga adds to the number of free characters.  Hey, maybe even a bald guy… or a guy wearing a ballcap and a hoodie.

I actually like the way Microsoft XBox 360 allows you to customize your avatar right down to facial hair, footwear, and jewelry.  Now THAT I would consider worthy of shelling out a few coins for.

So if you’re looking for a new addiction in your life, give Zynga’s Hanging With Friends a try.  It’s a lot of fun, and you really don’t need to worry about any of these enhancements or buying coins.  You can certainly play the game just fine without ever spending a penny of your hard-earned money.  And the stability issues I mentioned in another post seem to have been resolved for the most part.

Look me up by my username “Dunnik“, and please… go easy on me!  🙂

 

[Updated 9 Apr 12] 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:

  • This is a paid subscription site, and as such a small ($3-5) monthly fee will be charged, but the content will be awesome. I promise you that!
  • This is not a random word generator site. Those are for lame players. I don’t use them, and I won’t promote their use.
  • Your gameplay will improve tenfold. I guarantee it. If you’re not playing at a higher level after implementing my proven strategies, contact me for an immediate full refund. I’m only happy when you’re happy.
  • You are signing up to be notified when the membership site launches. This is not a commitment from you to join, only that you are interested in learning more when the time comes.
  • Your email address is sacred, and will not be shared with anyone. Its sole purpose is to notify you of this launch, and will not be used for anything else.






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Zynga’s Hanging With Friends is Highly Addictive… and Buggy as All Hell

Published July 8, 2011 - 6 Comments

[Update 9 Apr 12: Zynga has come a long way with stabilizing Hanging With Friends, and the issues mentioned in this post are largely a thing of the past.  The game is still highly addictive though!]

Have you tried Zynga‘s latest online game yet?  It’s called Hanging With Friends, and comes from the same family of games as Chess With Friends, and Words With Friends.  Haven’t tried it yet?  What’s wrong with you?!

 

Hanging With Friends is a new take on the old Hangman game.  It’s a turn-based game designed for iOS users, so if you’re using Android, you’re outta luck (for the time being… maybe in the future that will change).  The idea behind the game is a simple one… using the letters you are given, create a word that your opponent will then have to guess.  The number of guesses that your opponent has for that word will depend on the length of the word you create.  Longer words allow for fewer guesses, presumably because it’s easier to figure out longer words because there are fewer combinations.  The minimum word length is 4, and it’s amazing how many combinations of 4 letter words you can come up with!

Oh, did I mentioned that while you’re doing this, your avatar is floating above hot lava with helium filled balloons?  No pressure!  You can watch as his/her face changes with each successful or unsuccessful guess.  If your opponent does not guess a word, one of their balloons pops.  When the last balloon pops, it’s into the lava they go!  Yeah.. it’s fun!

Luckily for those of us with poor guessing skills, there are lifelines that you can use to help you.  These can be one of three forms:

  • 4 letters are shown, of which one is guaranteed to be a letter used in the word
  • 4 unused letters are eliminated from play
  • 1 strike (wrong guess) is removed

You can play against your friends, or set up a random opponent.  There’s no shortage of people out there to play against, so I’ve never had a problem finding an opponent.  And despite how easy it would be to cheat in this game, I have only once resigned against an opponent I was convinced was not coming up with words on his own.

So if Hanging With Friends sounds too good to be true… it just might be.  The game is buggy as hell, and feels very much like a product still in beta development.  I can accept that software will always have glitches that need to be ironed out, but Hanging With Friends is full of problems.

  • The server hangs forever some times when you are trying to send your turn
  • The points you make from longer words do not always get added to your total
  • The chat function sometimes tells you that it won’t work, and to check your internet connection (which is obviously working)
  • Even though you still have at least one guess remaining, the game may send your turn as a failed attempt
  • You select a particular game to play, only to be shown a different game from your list
  • Sometimes when you play your turn and the server hangs long enough, it will allow you to replay the turn.  Great if you missed the word the first time, because the word is displayed whether you succeed or not.

So why am I still playing?  Well… if the game wasn’t as fun as it is, I would have removed it from my iPad a long time ago.  I’m hoping that Zynga continues to work through the issues, and release updates that address these problems.  So far the game has been getting better, but it’s still a long way from where it needs to be before I consider it to be stable.

Hanging With Friends comes in 2 versions:  ad-supported, and paid.  I found the ads to be annoying, so I shelled out the $2.99 for an ad-free experience.  Was it worth it?  Reluctantly, yes.  Even with the laundry list of things that need improvement, I still like the game enough to play it without the interruption of advertisements.  Would I recommend that you run out and buy this app?  Hmmm… no.  Try the free version, though!  Give it an honest shake, and then decide whether you want to part with your hard-earned cash.

And don’t forget to look me up online.  I go by the username “Dunnik” and am always looking for worthy opponents to drop into the lava!

[Update 9 Apr 12]

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:

  • This is a paid subscription site, and as such a small ($3-5) monthly fee will be charged, but the content will be awesome.  I promise you that!
  • This is not a random word generator site.  Those are for lame players.  I don’t use them, and I won’t promote their use.
  • Your gameplay will improve tenfold.  I guarantee it.  If you’re not playing at a higher level after implementing my proven strategies, contact me for an immediate full refund.  I’m only happy when you’re happy.
  •  You are signing up to be notified when the membership site launches.  This is not a commitment from you to join, only that you are interested in learning more when the time comes.
  • Your email address is sacred, and will not be shared with anyone.  Its sole purpose is to notify you of this launch, and will not be used for anything else.

 






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