Made famous by Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show, Heads Up Charades is an app that allows you to play charades on any given topic with another person, all through your phone.
After downloading Heads Up Charades, you load it and turn the screen horizontal. From there you select a subject, for example ‘Films’ or ‘TV Shows’ and you have to place it on your forehead. Your partner then has sixty seconds to help you guess whichever one flashes up on the screen. Simples.
What makes Heads Up Charades particularly funny, however, is a number of different elements. First of all, it is fully up to date with modern culture, with a few golden oldies thrown in for retro feels, which means that nobody should have too many issues at least guessing one or two because the references are all fairly recent. This means that granny can’t keep winning by selecting categories that only she would know the answer to, for example ‘Beatles Tracks’. There are seventies and eighties rounds for people who like that era, but don’t be so sure you are going to do fantastically on them.
Second, because of the variety of different kinds of category, there is no way you can get bored easily with Heads Up Charades: if you have a penchant for Film, then you can play that round until it gets boring. Lastly, and this is something Ellen does herself, you can record the person acting it out with the Apple iOS version. This means that there are some incredibly funny videos to be shared, especially if alcohol is in the mix somewhere.
There are a few downsides though – because the creators of Heads Up Charades are American, the references are predominantly from popularised shows and characters from the US. Obviously a huge amount of them have travelled well overseas, but not all have. A great way of seeing how this works is by getting a ‘Musical Theatre Geek’ (self-pronounced obviously) and getting them to act out some from the Broadway Musicals category. Although for the record, if they haven’t heard of Once On This Island then they should not be a) professing to being a geek, or, b) asking to play that damn category. Also if you are prone to playing the same category over and over (yea we totally fell into this trap) then you may start to see some of the same answers cycle round. But then that is to be expected with a mobile app – we certainly didn’t expect the entire of IMDB to be downloaded for the ‘Film’ category, for example.
Ultimately Ellen DeGeneres and her team have come up with a triumph with Heads Up Charades, and it is a fun party game for when you are chilling at a mates’ or bored in the pub.
You can download Heads Up Charades from Apple and Google Play Stores now
[Edit]This piece was based on a copy of Ellen's App, Heads Up, but the original is still available through iTunes