Action! It’s Like Charades for Your Phone


Price: Free
Action!: Written & Video iPad App Review

Action! iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

The new Action! iOS app from Showbucks is an interactive masterpiece, full of laugh-inducing fun and plenty of ways to connect with friends and family who happen to be far away, or right next to you.


Action! for iPhone and iPad is the kind of app and game that gets you moving, which I love. By connecting to your Facebook friends and family, you can host long-distance games of charades. You select an opponent, choose a word, actor, musician, etc. to act out, create a brief video, and send it their way. Their job is to guess what you’re acting out, by spelling it with provided letters. Then it is their turn to go.

Not sure what you’re seeing? Get a head start on your word (or the whole thing!) by using rocket boosts, located to the right of the video.

It is pretty darn hilarious to watch people act out these things. If you don’t have any friends using the app you can peruse the latest uploads, top videos, popular videos and more, leaving ratings and comments at will.

I did find myself wishing that the app had a self-contained user base and wasn’t so dependent on Facebook. Why not let users upload acted out words to the app itself? It’s a bit of a missed opportunity in what is an otherwise very diverting app.

Layout & Design:

Action! iPhone App Review


Action! sports some blue sparkles and a cute intro, which I really like. While you can’t really control the quality of videos uploaded by users, the rest of the app is clearly laid out and quite easy to use.

It’s all about the bottom tab, which is always a favorite of mine. Access popular videos, your games and even your profile with ease. I have no major complaints about the layout and execution of this app, other than the fact that some of the top tabs in the popular videos area are hard to select.

Also, I highly recommend developers look into making this app truly universal. It would be great to get to play Action! on the iPad and see videos in even larger dimensions. While the app does work on the iPad, it isn’t optimized for it.

Overall Value:

And what does all this gut-busting entertainment run these days? Luckily, Action! is available for download absolutely free. I’m a pretty big fan of free, folks. Can you blame me?

If you’re looking for a way to reach out and connect with friends and family, you can’t do much better than this giggle-inducing title with the perfect price tag.

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Action! iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.

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