Parker Brothers Hangman Game Rules

By Michelle Strait

Hangman is a word-guessing game for two players. It's normally played using pen and paper, but there are electronic and board versions of the game. Parker Brothers produced a Hangman game in 2003. It's no longer available for sale under the Parker Brothers name because they are now a subsidiary of Hasbro. If you search for "Parker Brothers Hangman," you will only find the Hasbro version. The object of Hangman is to guess your opponent's hidden word. Here are the rules for the Parker Brothers's version of the game.

Decide Letter Length

After setting up your play area, decide how many letters each word will contain. Parker Brothers Hangman allows up to eight letters per word. Both players must spell words that are the same length. The game cannot start until both players agree on how many letters to use. After word length is decided, each player thinks of a secret word.

Word Selection

Any word found in a standard dictionary is allowed. Names, proper nouns, abbreviations, slang and hyphenated words are against the rules. In anyone spells their secret word incorrectly, they lose the game.

Choose a Secret Word

Each player chooses their secret word. The word is spelled out using the alphabet tiles included with the game. Then tiles are placed in the Hangman slot that holds the secret word. Word tiles should face the player who thought of the word. Opponents should not be able to see each other's secret word.

Game Play

The first player calls out a letter. If the second player's secret word contains the letter one or more times, the letter tile is turned to face the first player. If the letter is not in the word, the first player's turn ends, and they receive a part of the hangman. To get the hangman, the first player turns the dial one space on their hangman display window

Win the Game

The first player to guess their opponent's secret word wins. If a player completes their hangman before the game ends, they automatically lose.

About the Author

Michelle Strait is a professional writer with over five years of experience. She has written for several publications, including "Writer's Digest." She has also created logic puzzles for "Penny Press Magazine." Strait graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English.