Dig geocaching? Ever setup an outdoor scavenger hunt? If you have, then this new gaming app for iOS and Android just might be for you. It comes from a little company based on the other side of the world from GearGuide HQ – Tallinn, Estonia. The region is a surprising hotbed of innovation thanks to some early investment by Skype and a few other high-tech companies. And, at first glance, Loquiz is a pretty sweet first release from this Eastern European developer.
At its heart, Loquiz is a gaming platform designed for the creation and delivery of outdoor-oriented fun. From what I gather, it’s not aimed directly at the public. Instead, Loquiz is looking to attract businesses that actually orchestrate games and contests, and need a way to rapidly build and deploy clue- and challenge-based events in an increasingly mobile-device-driven world.
Game Types: Basic quiz, extended quiz, rogain, strategy and scavenger
Pricing: Ranges from $63 for single team to $13/team for 200 teams
Game setup is quite simple although the instructions are a little sparse. Loquiz does have a number of helpful video tutorials and a consultation service to help you get started. You begin by entering Questions. Loquiz provides a sample library if you’re stumped. From there, you create a Game and associate questions with the game (along with any location data that’s necessary). Once that’s done, you attached the game to an Event and that automatically generates the six-digit Code that’s needed to access the game on a mobile device.
We liked the platform and the idea behind it. The interface for developing the questions, games and events is straightforward and simple to use. There’s a multi-user capability for event collaborators, places for adding your own logo, and more. Overall, very nicely done for a first release.
There are a few things I’d suggest for the next iterations of the product however. Putting myself in the shoes of a company fielding these challenges, I’d want a little more of a “white label” experience for my clients. In other words, more branding within the application. One group that does this well is TeamApp. I’d also like to see additional gamification using notifications. In the team-based challenges, it would be great to notify other teams when their competitors complete certain tasks, and provide a way for instructors to nudge teams along through the application. You get the idea.
Suurepärane! Excellent, my Estonian friends. We like your first release of Loquiz. It’s a very flexible and powerful platform for creating and delivering outdoor games. Keep up the good work. Find it at www.loquiz.com.