During the conference crunch of back-to-back E3 and WWDC last month, I’d find myself with a few minutes to kill in-between meetings or demos or whatever. Seeing as the influx of tech-heads at a conference pretty much brings any sort of WiFi connection to its knees, that pretty much limited the kinds of things I could do to pass these moments of downtime.

Now, there are thousands upon thousands of ways to kill a few minutes using your iOS device, the App Store is chock full of them. But I consistently found myself going back to the same thing over and over: Taiso [Free]. With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing (wait, am I allowed to say Olympics?), we figured it was the perfect time to bring Taiso to the masses.

It’s an incredibly simple game where you tap a blocky athlete who is swinging rapidly on a crossbar and launch him into the air. From there, twisting and spinning your device dictates the kinds of tricks he does in the air. On the way down, make sure your device is oriented properly so he lands on his feet, then see how well you scored.

The interesting part is that twirling your device around doesn’t control the actual athlete, but rather the environment around him. It’s kind of crazy and disorienting, but in a good way. Whether you land your dismount or not, you’re able to watch a replay of your acrobatics after the fact, and these tend to be pretty hilarious.

Now, one thing I learned during conference time was that I could increase my scores greatly the more wildly I was able to fling my phone around. I found that a conference hall carpeted floor is the ideal place to perfect my wild flinging without breaking my iPhone. I’ve gone ahead and tried to demonstrate this on my luxurious fake leather couch in the video below. I start off slow, just demonstrating what spinning your device in different directions does, but a few tries in is when the phone-flinging commences. Sadly, I wasn't able to break my current high score for the video.

(It should go without saying, but throwing your phone around can be dangerous and might damage it if you aren’t careful, so consider yourself warned.)

Taiso is really just a one-trick pony type of game, but it pulls off that one trick in a really interesting way with how you manipulate your device. Cheating the system by finding somewhere safe to toss your device around and blasting your high scores increases the fun a lot, and I’ve had so many laugh-out-loud moments from watching my various replays that I feel I’ve easily justified the time it took to download this free game.

If you like these kinds of quirky experiences that seem to only be possible on the App Store, be sure to check out Taiso.

  • bigrand1

    Well, sorry, but flipping my ipod willy-nilly like that is just asking for an accident. I don't go for any apps where I have to actually use a throw motion or flipping like this. Look at the video here! Does it look safe to be doing that? Personally, I say NO! Not gonna do it! I don't care if it's the must-have game of the year! I won't buy it. Others might not mind that game mechanic, but that's the way it goes for me. Just sayin'.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore.

      • oooooomonkey

        Yeah man go for it, live for the minute. That's what insurance is for =)

      • bigrand1

        You mean recklessly and stupidly? Then I guess, no. I'm an old-timer. Hardcore gamer, always have been!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      You do realize you don't HAVE to throw your phone around, right? I just do it because it's fun. 

      • bigrand1

        You must be a young kid! I'm an adult and have to buy another unit myself if I'm stupid enough to break it! Not gonna happen! WAY past that stage in life, I'm afraid.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Pfffttt, like a young kid would own a luxurious fake leather couch.

      • bigrand1

        Must be a kid-what a ridiculous response!

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        "People on the internet I disagree with must all be kids!"

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Another classic from bigrand1: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=2373073&postcount=2

      • bigrand1

        Just proving that to be the case! You must have a guilty concience to keep going on and on with that! Just GROW UP! (What a dumbass!)  😛

  • Putosaure

    Best score : 3587. Time to buy an iPod case and try higher 🙂

    • Greyskull

      I should pick this up...I have an Otterbox Defender case and have been known to toss my phone at people who don't think they need a rugged case.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Nice! I've been stuck at 3529 since E3. You have given me the motivation to improve 🙂

  • ccarvajal84

    Please do not play with the charger connected 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000818063948 Kevin Trieu

    Playing this on an iPad has got to be a pain in the ass.

  • agentblank

    High score is 4344. This game is so fun!

  • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

    Why is the "TEC" score always 0?

    As for that, initially prior to seeing the video I was uninterested. But then I did and was like, sure. It's free!

    Plus, I have an Otterbox Defender case on my phone 😉

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/42YS2N67LP6IDUKBZUUCMSZW7M Pray For Death

    this is so awesome

  • Putosaure

    New score, 4631... Was a tough one 🙂

  • agentblank

    5255 awww yea!