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


Format: 18 rounds of 20 seconds.
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Top Dog


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


36Up votes 2Down votes 13Replies

New Variant Idea- Blissdown

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

As in "Ignorance is Bliss". Not expecting this to be overly popular, but why not. Basically, same rules as normal, but you do not know what your opponent has scored throughout the game. Essentially you ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

7Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

Make Game of the Year (GOTY) more automated

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I know it's a fun tradition to have this manual system of nominating and voting on games - and Adam and Elliott have run it very well - but it's actually a lot of hassle and takes a lot of time to find ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up 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]

10Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Game of the Year (GotY) 2020

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2020 and will close on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread http://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12&p=191691&sid=c49e703d313893b13c62e0c7221e8316#p191691 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 8Down votes 3Replies

Bring "Party Mode" to Apterous! (Woo! Party! 😁)

Game feature request by Eoin Jackson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Small groups playing Countdown with friends using online platforms such as Zoom... it has become a feature of Lockdown. But it is something that will likely outlive Lockdown and continue into the future. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

24Up votes 2Down votes 7Replies

New high score format - Rex Attack

Game feature request by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

A lot of the top tier players (read: Rob Foster) like to play this funtastic format - https://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=2812926 - seeing how many maxes in a row they can score against Rex. I think ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 5Down votes 16Replies

Thoughts on Anne Robinson's appointment as new Countdown host.

Brainstorm by Spike Guthrie. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi folks- thought I'd set up a discussion page on here to see what the good people of Apterous have to say about Anne being appointed. Spike [Read more] [More miscellany]

32Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

New character idea: Colin Murray

Game feature request by Philip Aston. 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]

2Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies


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]

35Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Major improvements to bot letter picking

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm very pleased to announce some major improvements to bot letter picking. As many of you will know, bots decide whether to ask for a vowel or consonant based on the average max score that will result ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

15Up votes 5Down votes 7Replies

New character idea: Dwayne Johnson

Game feature request by Andy Platt. 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]

15Up 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]

9Up votes 7Down votes 5Replies

Reset player's initial default selection upon starting new Numbers Attack game

Game feature request by Keith C Williams. Status: Unconfirmed.

In NA games, the player's default numbers pick (i.e., what is chosen when one mindlessly hits Return) is the last selection the player made. It would be nice for this to reset upon starting a new NA game, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up 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 1Down votes 15Replies

Duck item

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Inspired by "Turducken"... we have a turkey, we have a chicken... but we don't have a duck! So a DUCK - what should it be? In my opinion, it should be when: - Your opponent picks the letters - You write ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

9Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Online Quiz League

Miscellaneous topic by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, Charlie has kindly given me permission to promote the Online Quiz League within this group as there are so many keen quizzers within! Online Quiz League or OQL was launched at the start ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

5Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Apterous Masters 2021 - sign ups open!

Announcement by Thomas Carey. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sign ups are now open for 2021's Apterous Masters tournament :) Anyone can enter - everyone welcome! Details and sign ups here https://www.apterous.org/to_tourney.php?tourney=3349 [Read more] [More miscellany]

11Up votes 1Down votes 5Replies

Tourney System: "Play X Times" rather than "Best of X"

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Useful for aptolympics and so on, if you want x attempts or to double/triple/etc a round-robin, can we have an option for "play 5 times" rather than putting in the same fixture 5 times? [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Show format of the Duel on the Duel Results page

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

Example: https://www.apterous.org/duel_results.php?duel=7773 Would be good to see what the format of the duel was here, rather than having to go into an individual game to see. [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up votes 2Down votes 12Replies

Goatdown Duels - pick own last letter

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

I'm sure it's been discussed before but couldn't find a ticket specifically... Part of the skill of Goatdown is picking a last letter that gives you a longer word. In Duels the Goatiness of Goatdown is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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