Dating parties with your iPhone in Japan


Anyone bringing out an iPhone or, heaven forfend, an iPad at a gokon dating party would get nothing but ridicule (or a punch in the iGob, if I was feeling generous) from me, but regardless, this survey from goo Ranking and probably sponsored by Apple looked at the top twenty dating party applications for the iPhone


Between the 21st and 24th of May 2010 perhaps around 1,100 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Unfortunately, the link to the demographics is broken, so I cannot give any more information that that right now. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Quite frankly, all these games sound rather naff to me, but then again I’m not in the target audience! Have any of my readers tried out any of the below at a real party?

Ranking result

Q: What iPhone applications could you use at a gokon dating party?

Rank Application What does it do? Score
1 Gokon de Shuffle Shuffles the seating arrangements 100
2 TouchScan Two of you touch the screen and your compatibility is diagnosed 94.6
3 Love Touch Two of you touch the screen and your compatibility is diagnosed 77.7
4 Cyclo Talk Roll a die where each face has a topic of conversation 65.7
5 Kings Game Deluxe This seems to be a card-based drinking game in the west, but it seems more like a Truth or Dare in Japan 62.0
6 2-shot Compatibility Diagnosis Take a photo of a couple, and get a diagnosis 42.2
7 Bump Exchange mail addresses by bumping iPhones together 33.1
8 Who pushed it!? Recreate a segment on a long-running variety show 31.9
9 Muchaburi I’m not really sure what it means, but here’s an episode from a program of the same name that seems to involve curry rice and bicycles. However the software seems to be penalty games dares, mostly 27.7
10 feeling Everyone enters their preferences in the opposite sex and they get paired off. I cannot find a link to it, however. 27.1
11 Furu Furu Pocky Select a virtual Pocky and the person with the strawberry/pink one wins 27.1
12 60 second penalty game roulette Roulette to select who gets what dare to do 26.5
13 Hourface Age a photo of a face or make it young again 23.5
14 Penalty game Choose the dare 22.3
15 FeelingParty Recreate a TV dating game on your iPhone 22.3
16 All times and places Trivia game with voice recognition for questions like “Name the 12 signs of the zodiac” 20.5
17 Battle Power Checker Takes your photo and checks your Battle Power in a Dragonballs-like fashion 19.3
18 Quick-press quiz kit Quiz show-like buttons to test if people are quick on the draw 18.7
19 Spirit camera Take photos of your ghoulies 18.1
20 MosquiTone Check out the age of your ears with high-frequency sound 16.9
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