New iPhone game Bounden requires two players to dance together

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Two-player co-op mobile dancing game Bounden is out later today on iPhone. How's a dancing game work on iPhone, you ask? By making two players hold onto the same device and use its gyro sensor to tilt a cursor around a sphere so it collects dots.

Basically, it looks something like this:

"Swing your arms and twist your body, and before you know it, you are already dancing," developer Game Oven explained on its official site.

It sounds silly, and it is, but it was also made in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, whose Ernst Meisner choreographed the various dances you can learn in the game.

Bounden will regularly be priced at 2.49 / €3.59 / $3.99. Its full roster contains six dances plus a platform-exclusive dance for both the iPhone and impending Android versions.

The latter port might be awhile, though, as as the developer came to the horrifying realisation that Android device's gyroscopes all behave differently, so it's rigorously testing which specific devices it can support. If you have an Android device and want to playtest Bounden, drop Game Oven a line and help out.

Besides playtesting the Android version, Game Oven producer Eline Muijres explained in an e-mail to Eurogamer that the studio is planning a couple of updates to the game. "We're working on improving Bounden," she stated. "We'll release at least two more updates after launch with more dances and a more guided gameplay experience."

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