A pretty crazy new game just popped up in our upcoming games forum called Skip a Beat!. As we've mentioned about a billion times now, the runner aisle of the App Store is falling in on itself there's so many different options to choose from. To get noticed, developers need to do something weird, and that's definitely what's happening here.

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The gameplay seems sort of basic, but it uses a gimmick I'm not sure I've seen before- At least in a game. Your score multiplier is determined by keeping your heart rate in a specific range. You don't even need any fancy accessories to use this functionality either, it's apparently able to read your heart rate using the iPhone camera. Here's a video of how it works:

Who knows if Skip a Beat! will be a fun game or not, but I'm always at least willing to try a game that attempts to do something new. According to the developers, they're about a month away from launching… So stay tuned.

  • SoyGreen

    Great - so fat out of shape people will get better score multipliers than I will?

    Oh who am I kidding... I'm fat and out of shape...

    • Yosef Safi Harb

      SoyGreen! Don't worry there is a mode for everyone ;).Sometimes you need to keep your heart-rate low and other times high.

      It is also not only about physical fitness but also mental fitness and breathing techniques to get your heart-rate going.

      • SoyGreen

        So I will be huffing and puffing while looking at my phone? That won't look odd when my wife walks into the room! 😉

        "What are you looking at?!?! Why are you all sweaty?!"

        "Ummmm... it's a game! Really!"

        🙂

      • Yosef Safi Harb

        lolll!! that is such a good one. I think I'll use that excuse if my girlfriend ever walks in on me.

        All joking aside, the game will also support you so you don't need to do so much huffing and puffing and get into akward situations with your wife.

        In zen mode keep (keep your heart rate low) the music is relaxing, the movement of the frog is slow and smooth and less enemies are coming your way.

        In spicy mode, (keep your heart-rate high), the music is pumped up, gameplay much faster and more enemies coming your way make it easier to get your heart-rate up.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    That's ingenious--use the camera flash as a cheap pulse oximeter!

    Entertainment aside, it could be useful biofeedback training. Who wouldn't want to learn to control autonomic functions mentally?

    • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

      From a little browsing, it looks like some non-game apps have attempted this also. (I would guess that the oxygen reading would be unreliable, but maybe the pulse could work well? I'm curious.)

    • Yosef Safi Harb

      Hi Adams, very good idea. I met a coach who uses heartmath who found this very interesting seen it requires no hardware just your iphone.

  • melocoman

    eh looks like it'll kill battery quickly and honestly I don't see many people playing it more than once. Interesting concept though

    • Yosef Safi Harb

      Hi Melocoman! Thanks for the feedback. We have designed the gameplay to last between 1-2 minute session so that we don't kill your battery in one day. We have been tuning the gameplay to make sure you''ll come back. If you'd like I could send you an invite to try out the beta version. yosef@happitech.com

  • the_rebel14

    Huh... Interesting. I wonder what happens if you have to adjust your finger for a second while playing.

    • Yosef Safi Harb

      At the moment, when you adjust your finger. The heart-rate has to recalibrate for 10 seconds. You can still continue playing the game but your score multiplier will decrease and if you were flying high in the sky you will start to come down.

      • the_rebel14

        Ah ok. Sounds cool!

  • Yosef Safi Harb

    Eli thank you so much for doing the writeup what a nice surprise!!

    • spokentruths772

      This is really unique.....INSTA DOWNLOAD

      • Yosef Safi Harb

        Thank you!

  • daniel schroeder

    This looks like a decent game, but a fantastic and original use of the camera.

    • Yosef Safi Harb

      Thanks Daniel!

      • fredfnord

        Have you considered using HRMs for those of us who have them? Much better user experience and it's easy: sample code for bluetooth HRM is up on the ADC web site, albeit forbMac not iOS. Still, almost no difference.

      • Yosef Safi Harb

        Hi Fred, very good point. For the first product launch, we want to use devices that everybody has in their pocket. With the coming of the iWatch and more smartwatches, we are considering creating a direct connection to the game.