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Heads Up: A Guessing Game That Videos the Clue Givers

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By Andrew Burgon / [email protected]
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September 11, 2014

Guess the Word on Your Forehead with Clues from Friends Before the Timer Runs Out

iOS 5.0 or later
Android 2.3 and up

While my friends and I were waiting for a bus my friend pulled out her Phone and showed us a cool game called Heads Up.

She put her smart phone on her forehead with the screen facing towards us. We had to look at the word on the screen and give her hints as to what it was. In the space of a minute we had to help her guess as many as possible.

If she got it right she would tilt the phone down. If wrong, she tilted the phone up. This way the phone could keep tabs on how well she did.

What was surprising, however, was that my wife and I had no idea that we were being videoed by the smart phone at the time! Naturally, it elicited some big smiles on our face as we watched it.

Heads Up as Seen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

This is a light party game ideal for those inbetween moments that allows you to play with one person or a group of people. Ellen DeGeneres provides a tutorial within the app that covers the rules of the game and how to play.

There are 18 themed decks that come with the game. These include Pop-Star Overload, Icons Legends and Stars, Act it Out, Hey Mr. DJ, Animals Gone Wild, Blockbuster Movies, Accents and Impressions. Other categories like Fiction Characters and Sports Legends can be purchased from within the app.

The decks in the game features extra challenges. For example, in the Hey Mr. DJ deck, the extra challenge is to give the clues by only whistling.

While some people think the clues are a little on the easy side my friends and I weren’t able to guess them all. Sometimes though it’s pretty easy like saying “I’ll be back” with a thick accent when ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name appears on the screen.

Video Your Friends Who are Giving You Clues

Once the game has started the camera is on videoing the funny actions, accents, song and words you and your friends come up with. When finished it gives you the play back option. Naturally, that is bound to score some laughs and smiles among your friends and  I could see how some of these videos could end up being treasured for a long time to come.

The App gives you the option to save the video, port them to facebook or even send them over to Ellen DeGeneres where it may end up being featured on her show.

Heads Up Keeps it Simple

The game shows clues, counts down and totals the score at the end of the round. That’s it. It doesn’t track individual scores or keep a high score. There are no leaderboards or achievements or additional difficulty levels to unlock.

Cool New Decks to Play

Since it’s release the developer has added some decks to the game. These include a Google ‘Play Your Heart Out’ deck filled with favorite movies, TV Shows and music with a special surprise at the end. This particular deck is suppose to be a limited offer.

Another one is the ‘Mix it Up’ deck that has cards from all of your favorite decks mixed into one.

The first time I encountered this game it did shine and it was a lot of fun. The interface is quick and easy and you get seven packs of clues covering pop stars, movies, animals, accents, characters, music and other stuff you’re expected to mime. I figure you might get ten minutes out of it before putting it away. Even if it’s novelty wears off fast I imagine it would be fun playing this with newbies and watching their reaction as I play back the video!

* For those looking for the Android version you can find it at Google Play.


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