Usually, when you lose a game on your phone you just press restart. When you play "Send Me to Heaven," though, a loss could mean you'll need an entirely new phone. Immediately.
Believe it or not, the concept of this high-risk, low-reward game is quite simple: throw your phone in the air, as high as you can, catch it (please, guys, catch it), and then check out how your score compares to those of fellow competitors on the app.
The game was made public by the Norwegian developer CarrotPop. It uses an accelerometer to calculate how far the phone was thrown, and to be sure participants aren't cheating (parachuting, throwing off of roofs, etc).
Of course, a game that this inherently risky comes with some basic guidelines for safety. From the app's Google description:
"SAFETY FIRST: Be careful not to injure yourself or others. Be always aware that there is enough space above you and around you.
WARNING: Throwing a smartphone high into the air may result in both damage to the smartphone, property and/or personal injury. Author and distributor of S.M.T.H. is not liable for any damages or injuries arising out of playing the S.M.T.H. game."
Here are some clever guys getting as high as 7.1 meters:
So basically, play at your own risk. The game has been banned in the app store because Apple declared it to be "encouraging behavior that could result in damage to the user's device," according to Wired.
You can still get it if you have an Android, though. So for all you thrill-seeking non-Apple people out there, let us know how it goes.
Here is a quick demo:
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