Combining real exercise with an endless runner app, The American Heart Association, in conjunction with National Football League, has created a free app that gets kids moving.
How Kids Play
To make their character run on the screen, kids have to actually run in place and jump while holding their device. Kids earn coins and powerups by tilting the device to shift their running character onto different paths displaying the items they want to collect. They swipe to make their character turn. And they jump to make their character leap over obstacles in the path. The goal is to run as far as you can without being stopped by an impediment. Kids can use the coins to equip they runner with NFL team gear. Players can also unlock new funky avatars.
By copying the gameplay made popular by well-known endless runners such as Temple Run and Despicable Me: Minion Rush, kids will be drawn to the gaming. Requiring players to actually move to play the fun game will help them to get fit. For kids who like this type of gameplay, they will love being in control of their runner, making him or her change paths and jump over obstacles by doing the same in real life.
But, this game is a one-trick pony. It is all about controlling your runner over a course in an environment that is fast-paced. Some kids find this type of game frustrating and/or boring.
NFL Play 60 is a good fit (pun intended) for kids who can't get enough of endless runners. It will not have much draw for kids who don't like that style of gameplay, since that is all there is to do. Each session is about how far can you make your character run.
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