Gamification means applying the world of online games to sports. Gamification can spice things up quite nicely.
So I was more than willing to try out a new running app, called BattleSuit Runner.
The story of BattleSuit runner is this: we've been having trouble with some aliens for a long time. But at first we fought them in space. Alas! Then they found out where we lived. And now they're attacking us on earth.
So naturally we need to defend ourselves. Lucikly there's a special unit of Commandos who can take on the Xenopods. Because apparently that's what the aliens are called. The commando's are called Delta suit runners.
When you start the first mission you've just been fitted into your power armor and you're in training. You have to run, while they check if everything's working. But then some of those aliens attack a convoy! No more training for you. This is real. You find yourself in a shoot out with the Xenopods after only 15 minutes of running.
So that's the story: you have to save the world from aliens, while wearing a spiffy suit.
What does it do for you as a runner?
Apart from having a story to listen to while you're running, the GPS function plays an important role. By adjusting your pace you can actually influence the story. And the story sometimes calls for a faster pace: you have to Super Charge your armor. By running faster your suits gains more power or something.
At first I was all: 'I'm not going to go any faster. I don't wanna.' But then Lieutenant Goldfoot started screaming at me, that I had to get moving, and that he wasn't joking! And in spite of myself, I started to sprint.
So this running app is definitely a great motivational tool!
I feel like this running app is a bit of a boy toy. It's all about soldiers fighting and playing soldier. A bit boring… But then again, the fact that you are part of a story, and you can actually chánge the story is absolutely fantastic. As is Lieutenant Goldfoot. Because he made me run faster than I ever have before. 'Oh Lieutenant Goldfoot! It's never been like this for me before...'
So I'm definitely going to do the third (free) mission. Whether I'm then going to buy the rest of the missions, I'm not sure about.
Like I said, it's very much a boy toy.
This video explains the story and how it works superbly!
You can find more information about BattleSuit runner on the website battlesuitrunner.com. It's available for both Android and iPhone. It only costs 72 cents!
Video explaining BattleSuit Runner
What's your favorite running app?