Heads Up!

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Guessing game is family fun with real-world interaction.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to communicate ideas using alternative methods, forcing them to approach situations from multiple angles. This can be useful in the real world when what seems like the obvious answer is the wrong one and players are forced to view a problem from another point of view. Heads Up! brings the best of the classic game of charades into the electronic age, and it's a fun way for kids to practice thinking and communication skills. 

Ease of Play

The app is accessible to a wide range of players, from kids to adults -- and since players can tweak the rules to their preference, it can be as easy or as hard as they want. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Players hum some songs as a clue, including "Baby Got Back," but no lyrics are supposed to be sung. 


Additional answer packs are available for purchase for $1 each, but the app supplies plenty of free ones to play. It's meant to drive additonal viewership for the popular Ellen DeGeneres Show

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylblack328 February 2, 2021

4 stars!

We love the app. Its great to use while waiting. We've used the app while waiting at the dentist office! It creates lots of laughs and is a great way to ha... Continue reading
Adult Written byFarhanqadri March 29, 2020

Lots of in-effeciencies in the spp

The game is too much RAM and storage intensive and takes forever to load Everytime one starts it ..... It needs to be redesigned and reprogrammed to avoid unnec... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 14, 2020

Great family game

Great for family game nights. Easy to use and really fun. Appropriate for younger kids, but there could be topics they don't know about.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySimplyShowtunes July 5, 2019

Lots of fun for Family Game Nights!

My siblings and I have a blast trying to guess what each the others are describing. The app is easy to use and makes for fun family game nights.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Play real-world charades with your kids.

  • Create a puzzle that seems easy (such as, "Find a way into this playhouse without using the door"), but then remove the obvious way to solve it.

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