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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Top Dog

1Jack Slane99%

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


39Up votes 2Down votes 11Replies

Variant idea: Jaildown

Variant idea by Charlie Reams. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Time-based Prisoner's Dilemma scoring. If both players declare the same word, only the fastest one gets the points. This would involve either ending round early when you're happy ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

21Up votes 3Down votes 12Replies

Prune to always be player 2 in numbers attacks

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having Prune as player 2 in numbers attacks would mean that people could easily have a game of all the same selection choice, such as all 4-large or 6-small, since he copies your selections. It's annoying ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

15Up votes 1Down votes 4Replies

Formula 1 Large - The 2017 Aptonumbers Grand Prix Season

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

A new numbers attack tournament (subject to approval) to take place in line with the 2017 Formula One Grand Prix Season. Each actual race will take place over a Formula 1 race weekend, with qualifying ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

23Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

Option to filter numbers attacks for round selection type

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If I'm looking at the numbers attack page [apterous link] I'm often interested in games that were solely 6 small, 4 large etc. I think it would be good to be able ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

F1 Tournament Series - Season 2

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have made plans for a season two of my F1 Tournament Series. I am aware that Martin Hurst is going to be hosting his own F1 tournament series but what would people think of both tourney's on the go ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Star Loads

Miscellaneous topic by Darran Prior. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, I completed the The Anaesthetist's Avenue path but so far the little trinket hasn't appeared in display case, Has the trinkets for star completion ended now? Darran [Read more] [More miscellany]

6Up votes 1Down votes 18Replies

Someone commented on a game [+ several others] exaggeration

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If some people comment on a game, it will come up in the news thing that the last person has commented (by name) and also how many others have commented. Except that it goes by number of comments rather ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

64Up 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]

3Up votes 6Down votes 18Replies

An undo button for the numbers

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

I made a ticket on this before, but can't find the old one so I'll make this instead. I just lost a game that I shouldn't have lost all because I made a mistype. I strongly believe there should be a ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

25Up votes 3Down votes 8Replies

Apterous Masters X

Miscellaneous topic by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello everyone! It's March, which means this is the time of year that I usually do the annual Apterous Masters tournament... If I had the time or the energy. Which I sadly have neither of right now. :-( ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

24Up votes 2Down votes 0Replies

Announcement that a game is a tournament game to be at both beginning and end of game

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When someone starts playing a tournament games on Apterous, it makes an announcement that it is a tournament game. But when it ends, it does so in the normal way, just announcing the score like a normal ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

36Up votes 0Down votes 23Replies

Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

20Up votes 2Down votes 3Replies

Display conundrum hardness separately from the conundrum tab in Lexplorer

Website feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When using conundrum search to find the hardness of a conundrum, if the con has appeared in many games, it can sometimes take a while to load them all. I think it would be better if the con difficulty ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 9Down votes 37Replies

Numbers and Conundrums: Mis-clicks.

Game feature request by Mike Springett. Status: Unconfirmed.

I noticed that in the numbers game, a few people have mis-clicked a number, but the mistake is almost always rectified. For instance, here's an example of an easy numbers game: 100 7 5 7 2 4 > 538. I do: ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

Ticket Search to have filters

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you go to ticket search [apterous link] you just have the option of typing a word or phrase. I think it would be good if you could select various things like ticket type, username ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

12Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Escaping game when person leaves

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: During my game against Jason just now, he had to leave during the game. I had pressed "Play Next Round" at this point, but there was no option to close the game apart from closing the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Six Nations Predictor

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Do you like or have a fancy of the game of rugby? Well, good news! I have created a predictor league for the six nations which you can join free of charge for all of us here at Apterous. Hope to see you ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 2Down votes 10Replies

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]

11Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

The Multiverse 2- First Details

Announcement by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last year I ran The Multiverse, and I am pleased to announce I will be running it again this year with a start date pencilled in for mid-September. The rules will be similar to last year. Each week a ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Ticket search should not be accessed via its own page

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

[apterous link] -> [apterous link] The search form should be on screen under the rest of the buttons - not hidden behind a button of its own on a separate ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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