Turn Your Runs Into A Fun AR Game With 'Run An Empire'

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Running has always been one of those things that I needed some sort of motivation for. Go out on a Saturday run for my health? I’ll pass. Go out on a Saturday run so I can crush all my friends in a FitBit challenge? Now we’re talking.

This September, Let's Run (Or Walk)

There's almost never a bad time to start running — or to get back into it, if you’ve taken a break. We just spent a month trying to stand on our heads, so a little plain old jogging is going to feel great by comparison.

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This week I found a new game that has already fuelled a few longer-than-usual walks in my neighbourhood: Run An Empire.

It’s sort of a combination between Pokemon Go and Sim City. You play the game by going on a real-world walk or run in your neighbourhood. When you travel through an area you can capture it in the name of your empire. The more you move, the more currency you’ll have to build up that empire.

Unlike other running games that happen while you’re actually trying to run, this one instead lets you save all that gameplay for when you’re back home.

I’m still pretty new to it (it launched on the 2nd), but so far it’s been pretty fun, and been a great motivation for (literally) going that extra mile.


    That sounds fun, but it also sounds horrifyingly like it might lean into some competitive, PVP tendencies, like every empire-building mobile game ever created.

    There's nothing quite like signing up to some AR thing like Ingress or Pokemon Go only to discover that all your local hotspots are located next to apartment buildings full of people who chose the opposite faction and who play every ten minutes in bed or some shit, so that the only thing you'll ever do on your sporadic walk through those areas is some minor chipping away that they won't even notice.

    "Compete with others in your local area to--" Fuckit I'm out.

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