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

1Alex Fish—  

Format: 13 rounds of 35 seconds.
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Top Dog

1Matty Artell99%

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


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Linking to a lockdown round makes all of the letters red

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Web address of affected page: Any lockdown round, for example [apterous link] Bug description: Normally lockdown rounds are displayed with the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Countdown On Radio Tune In With Jen & Robbo

Announcement by Mark Mills. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello All, This Saturday 25th June at 10pm (22:00) On Golden Grooves Radio our first Radio show hosted by meself DJ Marky Mark features our guest James Robinson and Jen Steadman, the show runs for 1 Hour ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

18Up votes 5Down votes 13Replies

Bots to declare invalid words

Brainstorm by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just for increased realism. They already sometimes 'go blank' on a round, so it's not as if every declaration is a potentially scoring one. Often when playing I know there's no downside to risking a word ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 3Down 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 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]

11Up votes 2Down votes 112Replies

Non-apterous achievements

Miscellaneous topic by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

Finally learnt to juggle? Been promoted to Vice Deputy Underassistant? Released from prison for a third time? Post about it here so we can share in your joy! [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Classic show run simulation

Variant idea by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

Possible other new option under "classic games " - you choose if you want classic 9, old 15 or new 15, and you are then randomly selected to play a classic game in that format against the person in seat ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

19Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Apterous Olympics 2016

Announcement by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

Around Christmas last year I mooted the idea of continuing with another year of ATP or running another Olympics series in the early summer. The general consensus was "can't we do both?" so at the risk ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

50Up votes 0Down votes 15Replies

Classic Mocktorun

Game feature request by Nick Deller. Status: Accepted.

Now we've got Mocktorun bedded in as a format, might it be a good idea to sellotape 8 assorted classic opponents together into a single game, starting with one against a reigning champion? It would keep ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

"Would you like to change these details?" dialog could do with clearer (more skippable) buttons

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Stupidly I just closed the dialog before I thought of this ticket, but the buttons are "Yes please" and "No thanks" which refer to the question "would you like to change your details". However, the question ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

US Open Golf 2016 Apto Superbru

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Let's try spreading out the sports we're doing these for a bit. If you're into the golf, this is the one for you (especially as it only lasts 4 days) [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

61Up votes 4Down votes 28Replies

New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 3Down votes 3Replies

A Daily Duel Library

Game feature request by Liam O. Status: Unconfirmed.

I would like to have the option to play historical duels from any date in the past. I think it would be a nice way to come to terms with the differing formats for new users. Obviously the scores wouldn''t ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

2Up 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]

17Up 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]

11Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

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]

9Up 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]

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]


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17 June 2016

  • Improved: It's now harder to give up when you didn't mean to while entering your Numbers method. [Discussion]

13 June 2016

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30 May 2016

28 May 2016

  • Fixed: Sneaky timer-pausing bug fixed. [Discussion]

26 May 2016

  • Fixed: Sound effects now work in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed: Sending a chat message no longer moves chat focus out of the chat bar in Internet Explorer. [Discussion]
  • Fixed: Lexplorer autocomplete results are now always in alphabetical order. [Discussion]

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