What is apterous?

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.

Current Duel Leaders

1Jack Worsley—  

Format: 22 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Sean D93%

These are the finest bones dug up lately,
in Mr Dog's opinion (patent pending).


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Java version retired

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Java version will officially be switched off at 23:59 on 18 May. Thanks to all your feedback I've made over 40 improvements to the browser version since it first launched two weeks ago and I'm now ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

On-screen indication that an upcoming conundrum is crucial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

When the last round of a game is a conundrum and the difference between the players' scores is 10 points or fewer, might it be possible to introduce some kind of indication, on the game screen, that the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

I'm feeling lucky

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can we have I'm feeling lucky back please? xxxx [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Vox Ludio interviews with James Robinson and Jack Worsley

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Robbo's one was published ages ago - was hoping it would be linked to from the News bit on the front page, but I guess Charlie's had more important stuff to do with the Java bonanza. So with no further ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Warning that that you haven't declared a target yet in the numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it can be easy to accidentally forget to make a declaration in a numbers round. Unlike on the show, you have to make your declaration within the 30 seconds. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Round summary window scrollbar

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

At present, when returning to the round summary window, the scrollbar automatically situates the view to the top of the window. As a result, when the current round is later in the game, it automatically ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

7Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

List all game types under Harder Variants on main window

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

When you click challenge, the game types are sorted to how they were before with the dropdown menu. However, there is a lot of space on the window and would be better in terms of clicking and finding a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

1Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Re-mappable Keyboard Shortcuts

Game feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

For those of us with a tendency to hit Ctrl+W (close this browser) instead of Ctrl+E (end round early), it would be helpful to be able to change the latter to something less likely to lead to fat-fingered ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 6Down votes 20Replies

Has Game of the Week run its course now?

Brainstorm by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Obvs expecting a load of down votes on this but we'll see. Recently it is very rare to see more than 2 games nominated for GOTW, occasionally 3, but sometimes even just 1. It never used to be like that, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

2Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

2016 French Open Superbru

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apologies for short notice, suddenly realised I forgot to put this up: [link] This starts tomorrow (22nd May) - so enter naoooo! [Read more] [More miscellany]

2Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Euro 2016 Fantasy Football

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey guys Just wandering if we are having one this time, and if so which one? The official UEFA one looks pretty good [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

IPad mode scrolling

Game feature request by Amie Bateen. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the iPad mode, whilst you can scroll the apterous home page, the only part of play that can be scrolled is the list of players on line in the right hand column. The left hand public chat column can't ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 3Down votes 12Replies

Ability to see letters/numbers after you end round early

Game feature request by Transude Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is especially important on the numbers. It would be great after you end round early to be able to see the numbers - if you think you have the solution on the show you still have the ability to check ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 4Down votes 57Replies

Planning for retirement of Java applet

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

After nearly eight years of service, the Java applet will finally be put out to pasture in the near future. Most people have already switched to the browser version and only supporting one version of the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

49Up votes 0Down votes 84Replies

Play in your browser (no Java required)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

You can now play apterous right in your web browser, even without Java installed! Just click the "Play (in browser)" link on the left. This also works on iPads and other devices with a decent web browser. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

3Up votes 3Down votes 12Replies

Consonant&Vowel buttons and Countdown Clock

Game feature request by Peter James Clarke. Status: Unconfirmed.

Can the consonant and vowel buttons for the letters game be the same way around as they are on the Java version, I've been accidentally selected Vowels when I meant to choose consonants. Also, it's it ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 55Replies

Aptoquiz 2: Sign Up Here!

Announcement by Robert Miller. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last year me and Robin ran a weekly quiz over Aptomail, which worked very well. We are going to run a second soon, but before it starts we need participants. For those who didn't take part last time: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

3Up votes 0Down votes 42Replies

Which Dictionary Corner guests (if any) do you think should be retired?

Brainstorm by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is a current list of the DC characters (compiled by Jamie Rawson): Andi Peters Master Yoda Brain Blessed Victoria Mather Freddie Mercury Kim Jong-il Terry Wogan Jo Brand Captain Jean-Luc ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

3Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

2016 European Championship Superbru

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Prediction game ahoy. [link] Anyone currently in the AptoC4C club on Superbru has been invited, otherwise you'll have to join through that link ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 0Down votes 19Replies

The future of Watchwords: a compromise

Game feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

A couple of ideas have been proposed re. Watchwords, with lots of smart ideas, but none have really gained consensus. Here's my suggested compromise: 1. Existing Watchwords will remain available indefinitely. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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