Bounden is a whimsical dancing game for two players on iOS and Android, with choreography by the Dutch National Ballet. Twist and twirl elegantly, or get entangled with a friend. Holding either end of a phone, you tilt the device around a virtual sphere following a path of rings. You swing your arms and twist your body, and before you know it, you are already dancing.
Bounden guides two people to dance together using a single smartphone. The game has playful, Twister-like dances aimed to get two people entangled, and graceful, ballet-like choreographies made by the Dutch National Ballet. In total, there are 8 dances, each accompanied by classical music specifically composed for Bounden. The game also features tutorial videos with Dutch National Ballet dancers, intended to show players how to move.
With Bounden, we found a way to make two people dance using a phone. It is a very physical game, focusing on interaction and intimacy. Unlike other dance games like Just Dance that have you dancing next to each other, Bounden actually makes you dance with each other. We want to close the distance between people and make them suddenly aware of themselves. We learned that designing the movements was immensely difficult: this is why we called the Dutch National Ballet to help us make choreography. Bounden is made in collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company, a group of talented young dancers led by dancer and choreographer Ernst Meisner. With this unique collaboration, we found common ground between ballet and games. The result is a fun experience, whether you’re a dance enthusiast or not.