Watch why Gibbets 2 for Windows Phone is not the typical hangman game

There are people hanging by their necks and it's up to your archery skills to free them before they die. The idea behind Gibbets 2 is a little disturbing, but playing the game is surprisingly fun. It has been available on iOS and Android for a while, but now Windows Phone users can start playing it too.

Want to see how it looks like? Head past the break to watch our gameplay video with the Nokia Lumia Icon.

In Gibbets 2, you use a bow and arrow to cut the ropes. To shoot, press and hold anywhere on the screen and swipe to pull back the arrow. There's an indicator on the screen that shows you where the arrow will be heading. Release your finger to shoot. It's similar to aiming with Angry Birds.

The victims have a life bar above their heads that is continuously depleting. You'll also notice that the color of their face changes as the life bar gets closer to zero. If you miss and hit the victims, their life bar goes down even more. What's a little strange is that if you hit them really hard with an arrow and they fall down, it's counted as a success. It works even if you hit them directly on the head!

You're given a limited amount of arrows per level. Completing a level with the smallest amount of arrows gives you a higher score. Watch out for bonus points inside bubbles located around the levels. Hitting those bubbles give you extra points. You can earn up to three stars per level.

There are over 50 levels available in Gibbets 2. It's a free download from the Windows Phone Store, but it has ads. We recommend removing those ads with an in-app purchase of 99 cents. Unfortunately, this initial version does not support low memory devices. Give this game a try and let us know what you think of it in the comments! We think you'll like it.

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.