About this project
There are a huge number of "exergames" on the market now, but few of them get played once the initial novelty wears off. Why? They're good workout programs, but not very compelling games. In fact, many of them aren't really games at all: just interactive workout videos with a few cartoon characters.
How We're Different
We're building a browser-based RPG which turns our workout routine into a game by placing the workouts you already do (or mean to do) into an interactive storyline. So instead of training for a 5k, you're running from zombies. Earn points and power ups for consistent workouts, and play co-op challenges with friends to stay motivated.
We're doing all the design and development ourselves (conveniently, Kelly is a developer and Katherine is an illustrator), and are looking to raise money to cover both technology costs and a few packages of ramen noodles to fuel our progress.
Development of our beta is well underway, and we expect to start inviting people to the closed beta in mid-June.
One of the things that's great about games is that even though two games may seem similar at a glance, the story, art, and overall gameplay let them stand on their own. To the layman, the Halo series and Half-life series seem the same: they're both first person shooters. But each has its own core of dedicated players, and even a fair amount of overlap.
That said, we're focusing on storyline and continuity in a way we haven't seen anyone else do so far. What's a story worth? Imagine Portal without GLaDOS. Sure, it's a fun game, but you probably wouldn't be racing to the end of the game quite the same without her. Where other sites slap points on a spreadsheet and call it a game, we're creating a game first, and then letting exercise be the driving force behind progress in it.
We're relying on self-reporting. So theoretically, you could cheat. There are a few randomized checks in the game that will try to weed-out lying, but frankly if you're cheating at an exercise game... you're really losing. The social co-op aspect will keep some of that in check - there are no global leaderboards, just friendly ones, so if you say you went running and your friends know you were at the bar all afternoon, they can call you out on it.
But ultimately it's a game for people who want to get in shape, so if you're cheating the game you're just cheating yourself. Also, you will still suck at running.
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