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August 22, 2014

Bounden — "Entangles Gamers in a Complex Dance Duet"

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Below, excerpts from Siobhan Burke's August 1 New York Times review of this new iPhone app.


From the outside, Bounden may look like two people arduously inspecting the same iPhone: twisting and turning while grasping opposite ends of the device, eyes fixed on the screen.

Created by the Dutch design studio Game Oven, this recently released app steers users through entwining duets choreographed by Ernst Meisner of the Dutch National Ballet.

And essentially that's what it is, though, if done right, those twists and turns have the elegance of choreography.

To replicate the swinging, circular moves, you and your partner maneuver an icon along arcing, ever-shifting pathways, inevitably getting tangled.

It's fun, especially at early levels, where good dancing isn't the point. As the game advances, it becomes trickier, monitoring your accuracy and flashing "Hurry up!" if you fall behind the music, like a good-natured ballet master. Videos, featuring dancers from Dutch National Ballet's junior company [top], offer something to aspire to.


The app costs $2.99.

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