We Can Play Hangman: Augmented Reality and the Victorian Era’s Most Famous Word Game

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Our second augmented reality application at HD Interactive is We Can Play Hangman. As with our I Can Learn My ABCs application, in We Can Play Hangman, augmented reality technology encourages a high degree of visual interaction with the players. Players hold special augmented reality markers in front of the computer’s webcam in order to direct the play.

hangman with letter g

In both our ABCs game and our innovative version of Hangman, letters of the alphabet surrounded by special black squares act as augmented reality markers. If you’ve printed out the letter cards to play I Can Learn My ABCs, you can use those some markers for We Can Play Hangman. If not, We Can Play Hangman comes with a PDF file for you to print the markers at home.

Hangman-ABCs augmented reality marker-letter cards

We Can Play Hangman in Augmented Reality

Hangman was invented in the Victorian Era, and is popular today in classrooms, waiting rooms, and playrooms. Our augmented reality version, built on the Adobe AIR platform, follows the traditional six-try game: the gallows are drawn before the game starts, and then for every incorrect guess, a head, torso, left arm, right arm, left leg, and then right leg are added.

hangman quesadilla

The augmented reality software recognizes each letter with its special augmented reality markings, and either adds the letter to the phrase or places it in the wrong letter list, adding to the hangman drawing. Complete the phrase with fewer than six wrong letters, and you win.

We Can Play Hangman Right Here, Right Now

hangman opening image

To begin play, simply download We Can Play Hangman at the Adobe AIR Marketplace (after a free trial period there is a one-time fee of $5). We Can Play Hangman installs locally on your computer so no Internet access is necessary once it’s installed. Print and cut out the augmented reality letter markers, retaining the full black squares around each letter. (Set your printer on a high-quality setting, as the black background helps the program recognize each letter marker.) When playing, make sure the entire black square is visible in the camera’s view.

(If you don’t have a webcam, We Can Play Hangman will automatically switch to keyboard play and respond to keystrokes of the letters the same way it does to the augmented reality markers.)

Hangman is fun for even young kids, who love guessing games of all kinds. When you’re ready to strategize, try guessing one of the twelve most common letters in English first: e-t-a-o-i-n-s-h-r-d-l-u, or, try guessing a vowel first, since English only has six, and every word has at least one.

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