Evil Hangman

 

You’ve always wondered how it would be to be the guesser in a game of “Hangman” where the person who’s supposed to think of the secret word instead keeps a list of all the words that are consistent with your guesses, so far, and switches between them when you force the issue. That’s called “Evil Hangman,” and we’ve put up a implementation of it that you can play here, now, as the guesser: http://labs.counterwave.com/evilhangman/

In the following example, the letters A, E, I, O, U, N, and G have been guessed and all occurrences of those letters have been revealed. We are told that there are 62 possible words in the computer’s dictionary that match these clues. The asterisks indicate that the computer has switched words four times.

Give it try: http://labs.counterwave.com/evilhangman/

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More LOOPBACK!

 

We added 50 more puzzles to LOOPBACK, playable in your web browser!

Complete the spelling of four 8-letter “looping words” by dragging yellow letter tiles into the puzzle grid. Each looping word wraps completely around one of the four numbered black center cells. It’s up to you to determine where each of the four words begins and ends, and whether it reads clockwise or counterclockwise.

Play here http://labs.counterwave.com/loopback


OMBY Now Free

 

OMBY, the Moby-Dick unscrambling game, is now free! Get it here http://www.counterwavegames.com/omby.


LOOPBACK Moby-Dick

 

Have you tried our looping word puzzle LOOPBACK? How about our scrambled Moby-Dick puzzle OMBY? Do you enjoy those puzzles, but wish you could put down your phone or tablet and solve them with pen and paper?

If so, then you might enjoy printing and solving this LOOPBACK Moby-Dick puzzle from a limited edition printed book that we put together!

The puzzle consists of a partially-filled grid of sixteen looping eight-letter words, each taken from a sentence in Moby-Dick. The missing word from each sentence will wrap completely around the corresponding numbered black center cell in the grid. It is up to you to determine where the word begins and ends, and also whether it reads clockwise or counterclockwise about its black center cell.

In this example, you can see that the missing (admittedly contrived) word is MOBYDICK, which fits clockwise around black center cell number 5.

Learn more about the book here. If there’s enough interest we might produce more and put them up for sale.

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LOOPBACK

 

We’re excited to share LOOPBACK, a new word puzzle game that we’ve been working on:

The idea is to complete the spelling of four 8-letter “looping words” by dragging yellow letter tiles into the empty white cells in the puzzle grid. Each looping word will wrap completely around one of the four numbered black center cells. It is up to you to determine where each of the four words begins and ends, and also whether it reads clockwise or counterclockwise about its black center cell.

In this example, the word LOOPBACK has been spelled clockwise around the second position.

Answer words are all common English words and include some proper names.

Play the html5 demo here: http://labs.counterwave.com/loopback/

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Frankenstein Bicentennial

 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is 200 years old this year, and we’re celebrating by adding it to OKBOS in a free update: available now on iOS and Android!

The idea to OKBOS-ify Frankenstein for its bicentennial came from the students planning Frankenstein Bicentential Celebration 2018, and we were happy to oblige.


OMBY Updated

 

OMBY has been updated with the chapter navigation improvements that we introduced in OKBOS and IBBLE, and all of the apps have been updated for iOS 11.

How far have you gotten in OMBY? Tweet us your progress @counterwavelabs


The Smoking Gun Tape

 

How well do you know your Watergate history? We scrambled the transcript of the infamous Nixon-Haldeman “smoking gun” tape and made it playable as a mini-game in a web browser (start playing)!

Don’t let the initial puzzle scare you, just tap (?) for as many hints as you need.

Read more about the “smoking gun” tape here.

If you like these kinds of puzzles, check out our full games OKBOS and OMBY!


Colors of OKBOS

 

[Updated Mar 3, 2018: Added Frankenstein!]

We had so much fun with The Colors of Moby-Dick that we decided to give the books included in OKBOS the same treatment!

Each colored square (including white) corresponds to a CSS color name mentioned in the text, in order from beginning to end. Hover over a square (or tap it on a touch device) to reveal the text mentioning the color.

Can you find the “great yellow blotches of lichen upon the grey walls” in Sherlock Holmes? How about the “White Rabbit with pink eyes” in Alice in Wonderland?

Presented in order of decreasing colorfulness:

The Colors of Sherlock Holmes
The Colors of Little Women
The Colors of Jane Eyre
The Colors of Alice in Wonderland
The Colors of Frankenstein
The Colors of Sense and Sensibility
The Colors of Pride and Prejudice

OKBOS Now Available

 

OKBOS, the book unscrambling game, is now available for iOS and Android!

Reconnect with an old favorite or discover a new one by playing any (or all!) of the following books included in OKBOS:

Over 40,000 puzzles in total!

Learn more here.


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