Are You It? Name Tag Game for iPhone

Price: FREE     Score: 9/10     By M. SchustermanName Tag Game - SparkCrowd

Here’s something new – an app that encourages you to away from your screen! Name Tag Game, designed by SparkCrowd, is a real-life game of tag facilitated by your iPhone.

Start by registering with your name, email address and password, followed by a photo. Then you move on to pick a category to enter something personal about yourself. The categories and questions are interesting; the first question under “Interests” was “What is one of your guilty pleasures,” and “Values and Ethics” asked “What do you consider to be an overrated virtue?”

I answered one in the category of “Education,” then went on to “Tag People.” (You can navigate between adding new items about yourself and tagging people at the bottom of the screen.) This brings up a list of people that are nearby and using their GPS or wifi, complete with their photos and info. Tap one to see if they’re “It” or “Not It.” If they’re “It,” you can phone tag them for points.

Or you can Face-toFace tag them for the big points. Here’s where things get interesting – when they say “face to face,” they don’t mean on a screen. In order to tag someone “It,” you have to meet them. In real life. In other words, this isn’t a social networking game that you can hide behind, this is one that brings you out into the harsh sunshine of the real world.

But the game gives you an icebreaker, based on the questions you answered. You’ll get a question about them with multiple choice answers, one being the answer they provided. And getting that question right means you can tag them. You can also send messages to other players, for which you get more points.

Tapping “Check-In” at the top of the screen scores points too, even if you don’t find anyone nearby. I thought it was pretty slick that the app listed the exact clothing shop and restaurant on either side of my apartment, and let me know no one from Name Tag was at either.

Obviously, this is a slow game of tag, particularly if you don’t live in an area with a high number of people using the app. But it’s great for getting your eyes off the phone and looking at the person in front of you.

Name Tag Game [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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