Dr. Hangman: Written iPhone Game Review
Usually the only educational games we encounter are the ones located in the toy aisle. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t add a fun twist to learning. After all, you might be able to color inside the lines and recite your ABCs, but can you figure out the 15 letter neurology word that starts with N?
Concept and Gameplay:
Those of you who are familiar with the classic game of hangman will find Dr. Hangman easy to play. A great twist on this classic game is the educational value, though. Instead of guessing random words, the game focuses solely on medical vocabulary. If you’re a medical student or just someone who would like a great challenge, Dr. Hangman is the game for you.
The concept the same as old-school hangman; try to guess the word using letters. Each time you choose a letter that’s not in the word, a piece of the hangman puzzle is added. Guess too many incorrect letters, and eventually the hangman puzzle is completed and the game is over. If that’s not enough pressure, you only have two minutes to solve each puzzle.
One of the things I really love about Dr. Hangman is its design. The graphics are very cute and cartoony, and the background music makes you feel like you’re at a carnival. It might be a bit distracting for some, but you can toggle background music while playing the game thanks to the handy button at the bottom of your screen. However, it seems that the background music resets every time you start a new game or return from the menu screen.
One of the best features Dr. Hangman has to offer is the vast number of words and categories that are included in the app. There are 450 total medical terms spread across 27 categories. These categories include anatomy, genetics, dermatology, neurology, and hematology, just to name a few.
Even though Dr. Hangman is beautifully simplistic and easy to play, there are a couple of features missing which would definitely improve gameplay. For one, I think it would be beneficial to include some kind of review system that would allow you to see which words you didn’t guess correctly. After all, this game can definitely serve as a useful study tool, so it only makes sense to try and learn as much from it as you can.
Another feature that would be fun is multiplayer mode. This would allow you to compete with friends so they can test their knowledge, too. This could be achieved by either connecting devices via Bluetooth, Game Center, or Wi-Fi, or simply by passing the device between each other.
Dr. Hangman can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. Unfortunately there are two separate versions for iPhone and iPad, so you’ll have to pay twice if you want the game on both devices. The wide variety of vocabulary words and categories definitely makes Dr. Hangman a useful game for students and casual players alike.
Dr. Hangman is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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