This is an original version of the popular Hangman game. Its difference from the classical variant is the players guess the word as a whole, but not by letters.
Skills: Speaking, Writing.
Recommended Age: 10+
Number of Participants: 4-12 players.
Time: 20-25 minutes.
Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.
Preliminary Preparation: Not required.
Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes). First make sure that the players are familiar with the Hangman game. Next think of a word (e.g.'dream') and draw it with dashes on the board like this:
_ _ _ _ _
Then ask the players to 'pick the cipher to the safe', using different combinations.
How to Play. The game may start like this:
Player А: Is it 'train'?
You: No, but it's got 'r' at the same place.
You write the letter r on the board like this:
_ r _ _ _
Player A gets 1 point by the number of guessed letters.
Player B: Is it 'dress'?
You: No, but it's got 'd' and 'e' at the same places.
You write the letters d and e on the board like this:
d r e _ _
Player B gets 2 points by the number of guessed letters.
Player C: Is it 'dream'?
You: Yes, it is.
You write the letters a and m on the board like this:
d r e a m
Player C gets 2 points by the number of guessed letters.
Next Player A comes to the board and draws his/her guessed word with dashes. Now it is Player B's turn to make the first guess and so on. The game lasts as long as each player, has guessed a word. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.