Run An Empire: Control Territory While You Exercise

Pretty much all of us could use more exercise, there’s really no arguing that. But finding the motivation to do so can be harder than the actual workout sometimes. Sure, there are a bunch of apps and wearable tech that will track everything from how far you ran to how many calories you burned while doing it, but is that really enough motivation? For some people it is, but then there are the rest of us.

For us, PAN Studio has created Run An Empire. It’s an app (for iOS or Android) which presents itself as a game rather than a fitness app. In order to claim your territory, you have to walk or run around it. All you do is turn on the app, and it uses your phone’s GPS to determine which territory you’re claiming. This is the only part that worries me, as my phone has been wrong about my location by as much as 50 miles, and has literally never been more accurate than 0.3 miles…you could be claiming territory you’ve never even seen.

Anyway, everyone plays using the same map, so “your” territory will overlap someone else’s. That’s where it gets interesting. Sort of like holding a Foursquare mayorship of a location, the only way to keep your territory yours in Run An Empire is to run/walk/jog around it more than anyone else. Others who enter your territory can claim all or part of it by circling it more times than you. If you’re a competitive person, this could be the kick in the pants you need to get off the couch and out walking. The app will also prevent cheating, because it will be able to tell if you’re in a car or riding a bike (speed differences, you know).

Run An Empire was a Kickstarter project that blew past its funding goal, so assuming they’re on track, beta testing should happen in August. And since it’s an app rather than a physical thing, it should be available to those who didn’t get in on the pledging then as well. I’m not sure exactly how much it will really cost, but pledges of at least 6 (about $10 US) will be given access to the game.


Source: Gajitz

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