A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Heads Up! is a party game that's being distributed by The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The game does not have any content that's overtly worrisome for parents, but since others in the room will be giving hints as to what's on-screen, parents may want to supervise play. The app encourages people to post videos of the hint-givers to Facebook and send particularly funny ones to the talk show.
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What's it about?
Players attempt to guess the words appearing on their phone or tablet through hints given by other players. As one player holds their device to their forehead, a person, song, or other answer will appear on the screen. His or her partner must convey the answer in a variety of methods, without saying any part of the answer or offering an obvious rhyme. When the correct response is given, players tilt the screen up for a new keyword -- or they can pass by tilting it down. Rounds last one minute each. As the player guesses, the phone or tablet records video of the hint-giver, which can be viewed, saved, and shared after the round is over.
Is it any good?
Charades may not sound like a game that would do well in the app age, but leave it to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to find a way to successfully blend the two. HEADS UP! is a terrific marriage of video games and gaming with friends in the real world, offering a wide assortment of options and for-pay add-ons for fans who can't get enough.
Guessing the answers -- and giving hints for them -- is great family fun. Also, being able to watch hint-givers gesticulate wildly adds a layer of silliness that will keeps kids (and parents) entertained for long periods.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, problem solving, thinking critically
- Price: $0.99
- Release date: July 12, 2013
- Category: Trivia Games
- Size: 43.90 MB
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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