Written by Joseph Cesar
Bugtong, or riddles in English, used to be one of my favorite past times. There was just something about it that made it so appealing. Perhaps it’s the fact that it forces you to heighten your senses—like looking back and thinking what the answer could be—because the funny thing about riddles is that they’re mostly just very ordinary things that surround us. Parts of the body, nature, objects, or whatever else.
Riddles cleverly shroud these simple things with creative words, and sometimes, they can be really challenging. But we can all agree, that moment you figure a riddle out is so satisfying. In the same way that not being able to figure it out is pure pain and torture! (Especially when you never find out the answer!)
It’s unfortunate that the bugtong is not that common now with these days’ generation, but before we start blaming technology and social media for that, check out this Filipino-made app actually aims to bring the fun of bugtong back into Pinoy’s lives.
“Ano Ako?” is a trivia and riddle game that will surely give you a blast from the past! In it are classic riddles like “buto’t balat lumilipad” — know the answer to that one? It’s saranggola or kite. The classic riddles you’ll encounter at the beginning of the game will be a nostalgic experience, but eventually you’ll be faced with new and creative riddles, too, that will really challenge you.
The beauty of the internet is that you can search for anything…well, anything but these riddles! I spent a good amount of time trying to find the riddles in the game to no avail, so I asked my friends to help me out. I must say, “Ano Ako?” is a good way to bond with your friends—get lost, feel helpless, and find victory together!
If friends and family really can’t help, there are a few features the Ano Ako? app has so you don’t stay stuck on a single riddle for eternity. For every riddle you solve, you get a certain amount of coins which you can use to help you solve other riddles you can’t figure out. You can use those coins to either a.) Reveal a letter, b.) Remove letters, or c.) Reveal the word.
“Ano Ako?” is a simple but captivating game. It gave me a sense of familiarity and a new found love for riddles with their creativity. It is a free-to-play game, available for Android users. Check it out and have a blast from the past!
Ano Ako? Game App
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