Emoji Party by Tiny Hearts Limited is a charades game designed to be played anywhere on your iPhone or Apple TV. The game combines both charades and emojis to make a fun, innovative and yet tricky game which can be played with friends and family.
The game has a tutorial when you first start it showing the ins and outs of the application. To play Emoji Party you first pick from multiple categories such as Emotions, Animals, Entertainment and People. Other options such as Sports and Phrases can be purchased through an in app purchase.
Once you have picked a category one player must place the phone to their head. Once the game begins the other players must act out the emojis on the screen for the player who had the phone to guess. If they get it correct they flip the phone down, to pass the charade they flip it up.
They have ninety seconds to get as many right as possible. Others can then try to beat that time.
The games controls are simple and easy for everyone to learn. Although flipping the phone can be difficult, especially for the person with the phone to their head, it’s made easier by a sound prompt which alerts the user when they successfully flip the phone.
The use of emojis for charades is a great idea and is enjoyable whilst playing with friends. It does bring problems with some emojis very difficult to act out and it feels that on occasions some rounds have much harder charades than others. I would also have liked the addition of a counter which monitors the players score both in the corner of the screen (so others can keep track) and by saying your score after each flip of the phone.
Despite some slight adjustments needed Emoji Party is still a fun and innovative game that manages to use the iPhone’s display and gyroscope to its advantage to create an enjoyable experience for families and friends to enjoy.