A game byGame Oven
with choreography byThe Dutch National Ballet
A mobile dancing game
Bounden is a mix of Twister and ballet. You use your phone as a guide to dance or get entangled with someone else. So, you pull out your phone, ask another person to put down a thumb, and move synchronously to dance together. Play at a bar, during a date, during work hours, or as a performance, even with other couples playing at the same time.
The way the game guides you to dance is through markers on a ball. You have to see it to understand it, but technically you look down at a ball like a satellite would look down at Earth. You bring the center of the screen to the markers. And that's how you find the two of you dancing.
So what's the plan? It'll be out on iOS and Android May 2014.
A crazy mix of disciplines
Bounden is pretty much the first attempt at bringing together programmers, choreographers, music composers, filmmakers, and visual artists. The game will feature dances by choreographers from the Dutch National Ballet and each dance is accompanied by classical music specifically composed for the game.
The Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company is a group of talented dancers led by dancer and choreographer Ernst Meisner, who is responsible for most of the choreography in the game.
See how it gets made
We are super open about the game's development. Making Bounden isn't business as usual, so we're making a bunch of short videos on designing the dances, the art, the music, the tools, and all the other things that are special about Bounden's development.
Right now, the core gameplay is working. Our current focus is on making dances, music and the tutorial. We're also attending some events like GDC, PAX and A MAZE!