App of the Week: Dungeon Runner: Fitness Quest

Name: Dungeon Runner: Fitness Quest
Cost: Free
Platform:  iOS

Dungeon Runner: Fitness Quest

The creators of Run, Zombies! Are back with another app that encourages players to exercise in the name of game play. This time, players control the fate of a small, pixilated knight with the help of their device’s forward-facing camera and some fairly basic calisthenics.

Set the device six feet away and follow the old-school instructions at the bottom of the screen to help the knight navigate his way past five levels of baddies in the dungeon. Exercises — including burpees, punches, jumping jacks, squats, and side-to-side shuffles — all correspond to actions on the screen and the knight’s success can depend on the speed in which the exercises are completed.

While the motion tracking isn’t as seamless as an Xbox Kinect, and the number of calories burned during a session seems a little dubious, Dungeon Runner did get this player up and moving when all I wanted to do was eat seasonal pies and read books in front of the fireplace.  And for that, it gets all the stars.

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About Jen Scott Wills

Jen is the Teen Services Librarian for Boise Public Library's Main Library. Follow her on Twitter @jen1n to read more of her musings on libraries, YA lit, and all things geeky and glorious.
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