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Catch the egg!

Catch the Egg is an unusual, accelerometer-based game in which you carefully time a quick hand movement to catch a virtual egg.

Catch the Egg is an unusual, accelerometer-based game in which you carefully time a quick hand movement to catch a virtual egg.

Given its unique premise, Catch the Egg comes with a fairly long tutorial (with some unfortunately clumsy English) that takes you step-by-step through the egg-catching process. You begin by looking out on a desert road, and you have to raise your iPhone or iPod Touch over your head, parallel to the ground, to see a virtual egg far above you. Once you lock an aiming reticle onto the egg, a timer starts counting down until the egg drops. The display shows its starting height, current height, game level, eggs remaining, and egg type (such as "chicken"--although in defiance of physics, different types of eggs drop at different speeds and require special handling).

Catch the Egg's gameplay is very simple, but takes some practice to master. Just as the egg is about to reach the ground, you have to quickly pull your device down, mimicking a "catch," and you have to be precise with both the strength and timing of your catch, with a "shake" strength meter on the bottom of your screen to give you feedback. If you miss the egg, you see it splattered on the road--but if you catch it, there is a pause and a dramatic reveal, as you wait to see if your shaking broke the egg in your hand.

To be clear, this game is weird. But it does what it does pretty well, despite having relatively primitive, and time-consuming, animations as well as constant warnings about throwing your phone. If you want an unusual time waster or ice breaker, you could do worse. It's definitely worth checking out if you can get it for free.

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