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.

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New character idea: Groot

Game feature request by Darren Godfrey. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! https://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

32Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

New item: bezant

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The bezant would be awarded for achieving a score of 100 points or more in each individual "game", or leg of 15 rounds, of a Mocktorun or Old Mocktorun, equivalent to completing an all-centuries octorun ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 4Down votes 9Replies

Gaelic language option

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just to see what the consensus would be, who would be interested in Gaelic on here? [Read more] [More variant ideas]

21Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Option to reverse pickers in custom games

Game feature request by Dave Robjohns. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm a lazy bugger, so quite like to set up custom games where the bot always picks. This is particularly useful in say goatdown to ensure the picks are optimal, or against e.g. Plum or Rex if you wish ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up votes 3Down votes 10Replies

Hungarian language

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having seen the suggestion for Swedish, would anybody be interested in playing using a Hungarian dictionary (I would)? It has more speakers than Finnish, Greek, Welsh, Hebrew, Catalan and Latin, and its ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 6Down votes 10Replies

Spoon of Awesome voting to be invisible

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still think it's a problem that Spoon tickets can turn into a negative thing with the downvotes etc. I suggested a possible solution in another ticket but it didn't go down too well. https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5307 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 4Down votes 9Replies

New character idea: Jos

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! http://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 6Down votes 1Replies

New character idea: Michael Owen

Game feature request by Dave Robjohns. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! https://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies


Miscellaneous topic by Stu Harkness. Status: Unconfirmed.

How do folk go about getting pencils? I mean, I obviously know how to earn a pencil, I've got a few, but some folk get 4 or 5 in one sitting. Is it just a case of pin-pointing some words beforehand ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Descriptions for Tourney Formats

Website feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

When setting up a tourney, it asks what format to use. Obviously, we all know what some of the more common formats are (15 rounder, conundrum attack, sudden death numbers etc) However (and it's a big ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 1Down votes 32Replies

A solution for the disproportionately large number of points lost in conundrum attacks

Brainstorm by Mark D. Status: Unconfirmed.

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=832852 - This doesn't deserve a loss of 39 ratings points. And, while I'm admittedly a little biased, here, this - http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=832711 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 13Down votes 10Replies

Most salient stats to be more prominent on Glory Roll

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

I propose that the most salient / meaningful / popular stats be more visible on people's Glory Rolls than other less interesting stats. How to do this, might take discussion and compromise, but I am pretty ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

Tournament Ideas

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have been pondering as to what my next tournament should be and I have came up with a few ideas below. Please feel free to vote for whichever one you prefer. [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

Improvement to Omelette Rules

Website feature request by Chris Hare. Status: Unconfirmed.

(Inspired by questions from a confused user playing Omelette for the first time) The current rules for Omelette are not very clear. They state: "The object of the game is to find the shortest-possible ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

21Up votes 2Down votes 10Replies


Variant idea by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Letters rounds: You can write all words you can make as notes. Apterous will then declare the longest valid word from your choices. Not sure whether its re- or -er? Just write both. Numbers Rounds: You ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

36Up votes 2Down votes 1Replies

New item: Platinum Disc

Game feature request by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

New item for getting a valid max that is also the name of a single (or half of a double A side) that has sold 1 million copies in the UK. These are (in chronological order by first release date): DIANA, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

How is a tie broken on the Daily Duel Hall of Legends page?

Brainstorm by Matt Hamer. Status: Unconfirmed.

For the first time I'm aware of, and possibly in the entire history of the monthly Duel contests, in March 2021 there was a tie on points for a podium position in a monthly Duel - with Thomas and Ray both ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

24Up votes 0Down votes 8Replies

Make own name stand out more in website pages

Website feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

The way rivals stand out in leaderboards is really nice - draws the eye perfectly. One's own name only gets bolded and it doesn't really pop. It can be quite hard to find a long way down the list. It would ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Warning before Top Dog games if you've not played enough conundrums

Game feature request by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

In the Top Dog games that involve conundrums, you have to have recently played at least 55 conundrums to get a Top Dog % rating at the end. It would be nice to get a warning before you start the game if ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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