Play Heads Up! with Your Friends on Instagram and Messenger

Gather the squad and get ready for some friendly but intense competition with your close friends and family: Messenger and Ellen DeGeneres have partnered to bring her hit mobile game, Heads Up! to our new AR video calling experience on Messenger and Instagram 🤳.

Reimagined with Augmented Reality (AR), Heads Up! comes to video calling on Instagram and Messenger making it possible to play even when you’re not able to get together with your crew in person. To kick things off, there will be four card packs available: Animals Gone Wild, That’s So 90s, Pantry Raid, and Act Your Face Off. Heads Up! can get a little crazy – don’t say we didn’t warn you! 🤪

Played by Ellen on her show, Heads Up! is a hilarious twist on charades where players have to guess the word on the card that’s on another player’s forehead before the timer runs out. The different categories provide hours of entertainment — so you can see why we had to bring the fun to Group Effects!

Group Effects

Available on Instagram and Messenger video calls, Group Effects are a new feature that allow you to interact with a variety of AR experiences alongside during group video calls. You can choose from a library of over 150 Group Effects that range from turn-based games where you compete to build the best 🍔, or be the first to host a cute orange 🐱 on your screen, to collaborative, interactive experiences. With Group Effects and the underlying Spark AR platform, creators have a new canvas for creativity: video calling with multiple people and screens. 

Group Effects help us feel closer, create memorable moments, and make video calls more fun and exciting. Heads Up! will bring a whole new vibe to Group Effects — we can’t wait for everyone to play!

How to Play Heads Up! Virtually

To play Heads Up!, head to your Instagram or Messenger app, start a video call, tap the smiley face to open the effects tray, and select Group Effects. We’ll be activating more card packs with Ellen in 2022, so lots more riveting Heads Up! competition to come! 🃏

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