GETTING in shape can be a chore, but “The Walk” is here to try to make it downright thrilling.
A fitness tracker game from the developers at Six to Start, the app places you in the heart of an exciting 13-hour mystery that unfolds as you take your smartphone with you on walks around your neighborhood, for instance.
As you move in the real world, you progress through the story.
No spoilers here, but let’s just say it involves a bomb, a train and a chance to save the world.
The app itself may not be able to get you out the door, but if you’re serious about getting a little more exercise, it can provide a good incentive to keep moving once you’ve started.
The goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day.
You can adapt the difficulty to favor longer or shorter walks.
“The Walk” requires quite a bit of personal information to work — particularly permission to access motion detectors in your phone to count your steps from your pocket or bag.
It also needs your location to map the world around you.
For an app, it’s a little pricey.
But isn’t a few bucks a small price to pay for fitness? US$3 for iOS devices; US$4 for Android devices. (WP-BLOOM)