Australian Council on Children and the Media

Heads Up! - Warner Bros

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This is a game in which players have to guess words/names/titles, which may include celebrities, characters, movies, books and songs, which are described or acted by their friend/s.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Heads Up! was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Heads Up!
Developed by: Warner Bros
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+ Google Play store: “Everyone”
ACCM suggested age: Green 7+ – depending on the category played. Must be able to read. Caution regarding optional “Adult Supervision” deck and ability to post videos.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Heads Up! contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This App has separate downloadable “card sets”. This review focuses on the following sets Just For Kids; Animals Gone Wild

App description

This is a game in which players have to guess words/names/titles, which may include celebrities, characters, movies, books and songs, which are described or acted by their friend/s.

Reviewers comments

This game is played with one or more friends. Players can watch a short video tutorial presented by Ellen de Generes. The player chooses a category – there are a number of free categories (or decks) and more which can be purchased with money. A word, name or title is displayed on the device, which the player should hold in front of their forehead, so they cannot see the word but their team members can. Team members give clues and the player tries to guess the word.  When they player guesses the word correctly they tilt the device downwards and a new word is presented. They can pass and move to the next word by tilting the device upwards. The aim is to guess as many words as possible within the time limit of one minute. The game sometimes suggests extra challenges, such as to act it out without using any words. 

While players are giving clues or acting out the word, the device records it on video. At the end of the round players can watch back the video. They can save the video or share it via email, Facebook, YouTube or to send it to Ellen.

 Many of the categories involve movies, celebrities or songs which younger children will not know.  Even the “Just for Kids” category contained “The Hunger Games” and “Avatar” which are both M rated movies. Parents should be aware that there is a category called “Adult Supervision” – it must be purchased as an extra deck for $0.99 and contains many words and concepts which are not suitable for children. A few of the concepts and people are US specific. 

 Players need to use imagination and creative thinking.

In App purchasing

Yes: Players can buy extra decks of words for $0.99 each.

Online information

Players can Like the game on Facebook and watch videos which have been posted. When players log into Facebook the game access their basic profile information and list of friends. Players can share their own game videos via email, Facebook, YouTube or to send it to Ellen.

Gambling

The “Adult Supervision” category (which must be purchased as an extra deck) contained the clues “Slot Machine” and “Black Jack”.

Advertising and product placement

Occasionally brand names are presented as the word to guess, for example toys or breakfast cereal. An optional deck which can be purchased is called “Branded” - players must guess the brand

Gender stereo types and sexual references

The “Adult Supervision” category (which must be purchased as an extra deck) contains adult and some sexual concepts such as foreplay, strip poker, porn star, peep show, push up bra and many more.

Coarse language

The word “sex” was used in some of the “Adult Supervision” clues, as well as other words which are not coarse language but may be considered by some parents to be inappropriate for children.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None found but the content of some decks may be of concern to parents.

Other

Use of substances: The “Adult Supervision” category (which must be purchased as an extra deck) contains names and brands of alcoholic drinks. The word for a drug smoking apparatus was also shown in “Adult Supervision”.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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