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The first thing to say is that apterous is definitely not Countdown. It is not endorsed by Countdown, Channel 4 or anyone important at all. However, it is a game with rounds including numbers, letters and conundrums. This may sound familiar. You can play against your friends over the Internet, or other people's friends if you don't have any of your own. To play, just register and then log in. If you're having problems, head over to our FAQ and, if that doesn't work, please do email me and I'll do my best to help.

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Word Search on Lexplorer sometimes takes several minutes

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you type a word into Lexplorer, and do a word search (where it finds all the occasions where it's been offered), it sometimes takes minutes. As with head to heads it could just be limited to the last ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

A Countdown Pilgrimage

Announcement by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

A blog post about my journey to Jerusalem with Mikey Lear, which started on apterous: [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

Multiple top scoring words

Game feature request by Tricia Lockhart. Status: Unconfirmed.

I wondered whether it might be possible to have a version where if more than one of the words a player has entered were winning words, each would attract a score in its own right. The chosen word would ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Clicking details on a star path shouldn't close the star chart window

Game feature request by Matthew Brockwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty simply, when you click details on a star path, the star chart window closes, so if you want to play the path or look at others you have to reopen the window. [Read more] [More feature requests]

19Up votes 4Down votes 13Replies

New stat for Statland: Most attempts at a Star in Star Chart

Website feature request by Matt Bayfield. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd be interested to see which apterites are the most persistent in their quests to gain Star Chart stars. This could be reflected in two new Statland pages: "Most attempts on a single Star before success", ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Volume control.

Game feature request by Mark James. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can we have adjustable volume for the in-game music. I like to listen to other stuff on the internet while playing but would still like to have the game music in the background as I find it's a useful ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

23Up votes 0Down votes 10Replies

Return of all-time Head to Heads

Website feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Head to Head pages now only compare stats for the last 90 days. Whilst it's good to be able to isolate more recent games it was still a pretty cool feature to be able to view an all-time record. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 4Down votes 17Replies

More blitz high score formats

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Accepted. Priority: 4.

Request description: [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Tickets - option to sort by user name

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sometimes I want to find a ticket by a specific person, so I think it would be good to be able to lump them all together. The other alternative would be to have a filter so it shows only their tickets ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

27Up votes 0Down votes 19Replies

Tournament idea- The Crystal Apterous Maze

Brainstorm by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by the recent trend of applying concepts from game shows to apterous- Marcus's Weakest Link tourneys, James's WWTBAM tourneys and of course Zarte's excellent mole series, I've come up with an ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

43Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Spoon of Awesome for Ben Wilson

Brainstorm by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm amazed he hasn't got one already and as far as I can tell by searching tickets, he hasn't even been nominated for one. I think it's long overdue. For ten years running, Ben has organised Countdown ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies

Easier navigation within a given week's Pro Ranks

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

At the moment, you can click on "next 25" or "previous 25", but I think it would be good of there was a link to take you straight back to the top 25. You might have clicked on "next 25" several times, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 4Down votes 17Replies

On Being a Countdown Champion

Announcement by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd like to share with you a quick video that I made about my Countdown experiences: [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

11Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Ability to set round speed on tournament setup

Website feature request by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

I've had an idea for a future tournament, but it would rely on the ability to be able to alter the speed the format would be played in from round to round. Would this be possible? [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 4Down votes 3Replies

Should Sponge forget removed words?

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

The word MENACER seemingly disappeared from the dictionary in October 2012 [apterous link] [apterous link] ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

24Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

PB maxes in a format to be stated in game window

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you start a game, the first thing that automatically pops up in the chat box of the game window shows your record against your opponent, followed by this: "Your PB in this format is [PB score]. The ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 1Down votes 23Replies

Aptotude is nearly 2 years old... what next?

Brainstorm by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Well hello there, how time flies when you're having fun (and shouting at people who don't play their games). As the title suggests, before the end of the next cycle, Aptotude will be 2 years old, and ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

37Up votes 0Down votes 20Replies

Leader Boards to feature bona fide players only

Website feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

Whether it's Pro-ranks or Fewest Disallowed etc I don't see how it benefits anybody to have Molers and duplicate accounts occupying these boards. When you have three Molers topping the fewest disallowed ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

50Up votes 5Down votes 10Replies

Spoon of awesome for Matt Morrison

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Think the reasons are fairly obvious here-from what I gather (don't know for sure) quite a lot of input into early apto work, loads of successful tourneys, lots of effort (and patience) put into the site ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Comment notification option

Website feature request by Julie McCarthy. Status: Unconfirmed.

Maybe, when a user comments on something on apterous (be it a tourney page or stat page or whatever), how about a box to tick (and fill in with relevant username) to send a notification to a particular ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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