29 September 2011
We have received a lot of interest in Scrabulizer's potential to analyse other word games such as hangman, specifically Zynga's popular derivation of Hangman called Hanging With Friends.

Scrabulizer can now help you solve and select words for Hangman and Hanging With Friends.

Use our Hangman Solver to find the missing letters. Enter the pattern, and what letters you have already tried and Scrabulizer will report on the probability of each remaining letter and possible words.

Use our Hangman Word Selector to choose words for your opponent to solve. Enter the letters you have available to make a word out of, and Scrabulizer will tell you all the possible words, and how difficult they are to guess.

Hangman involves revealing a hidden word by guessing its letters in as few attempts as possible. The usual approach is to start by guessing the vowels, they're pretty common after all. If you can know all the possible remaining words, and therefore all the remaining letters, it is possible to cheat the system by using the most likely letters first and solving the word quickly. Right? - Well, usually yes.

This is where strategy comes in. When choosing a word for your opponent to reveal, you want to pick a word that is going to take them many failed attempts. This means choosing obscure words with statistically unlikely letters. Suddenly the better strategy for picking letters is to pick the least common letters.
Eventually, as players gauge the strategy of their opponent, they adjust their own selection criteria until neither opponent has an advantage. So use these tools wisely and you might just cheat the system.


Aurora! at 17:06 on 31 October 2011

I just noticed this new feature of the site as I have started playing Hanging With Friends. The solver works quite well, but the word builder could use some improvements. The main problem is that it suggests two and three letter words (usually most of the top recommendations). Hanging With Friends allows a minimum of four letters in the words you create. I do like how it ranks words by difficulty instead of alphabetically or by score like some other sites, but this issue must be fixed if this is to become a helpful tool. Thanks.

Aurora! at 17:14 on 31 October 2011

Oh, the other thing I was going to mention, something that is not taken into account by any of the world solvers that I could find. Hanging With Friends automatically gives you the last vowel in the word. It would be cool if you could figure out for the solver to eliminate from the list of possible words and words where there is a vowel after the vowel that has been given.

68falcon at 11:09 on 8 July 2012

Is anyone having problems with the board being blank, can't get the words to load on any of the games I'm playing

Adminphilr at 21:44 on 8 July 2012

@68falcon We've replied to the support request you sent us.

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