Best App for Parlor Games
Record the challenge phrase: The game begins by sending one player out of the room. When the player is out of earshot, Backwords prompts another player to record a word or phrase matching a certain category (superhero, TV show, type of car, and so on). After the challenge phrase is safely recorded, the first player comes back into the room to try to figure out the phrase in a fixed amount of time.
Play it backward: The challenger uses three buttons. The lower-left Play button plays the original challenge phrase backward. The player then tries to mimic the backward sound, pressing the red Record button to record his or her gruntings and growlings. The lower-right Play button reverses the player’s backward speech which, if all goes well, sounds something like the original phrase. Players get points for identifying the phrase, with bonus points for remaining time.
Your iPhone is swell for social media like Twitter, but what about being social with people who are, y’know, actually in the same room? Turns out the iPhone can help there, too. Backwords makes your iPhone the host of a challenging, often hysterical parlor game. One player privately records a spoken phrase, and Backwords plays it in reverse to the next player who has to mimic the garbled result. The app then plays that copy-cat attempt backwards, and if it’s good enough, the player can identify the original phrase to score points. Good, clean family fun that requires a good ear and a limber tongue.
Act fast: The app’s rumpled-paper graphics and hand-drawn settings screen give it a charmingly home-spun vibe. The person acting out each round holds the iPhone to read the clue prompts, tapping the screen when the team guesses the clue. A timer in the lower right counts down how much time remains for the current clue, and the player can bail out of tough clues by pressing the Skip button.
Website: Reed Olsen
This simple but effective app gives you topics and a timer to play a race-the-clock version of the classic parlor game. Play with two, three, or four teams; the app gives each team a round of words to act out in 10 seconds or less, earning points for each correctly guessed clue. Settings let you adjust the time limit, number of rounds, and even the difficulty of the charade terms. The game comes with over 1000 clues, and it remembers which ones you’ve played so you won’t see any repeats until you’ve churned through ’em all like a rabid band of charade-crazed fanatics.
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