YourExtraLife adds game-like achievements to real life

Obstacles, ranking ladder, and special challenges are all part of YourExtraLife's plan to help you grow and get out of your comfort zone.

YourExtraLife is part social network/experiment with a touch of video game, incorporated into one app. Recently released earlier this month on iOS, YourExtraLife is the creation of four indie developers out of Quebec, Canada. Their ambition is to create an app that can help people enjoy new experiences and emotions, and learn new skills through a variety of challenges. The end goal is to have users slowly move out of their comfort zone by trying things they otherwise might not.

After creating an account via Facebook or e-mail, you'll see a list of five category trees: Gourmet, Nightlife, Culture, Romance, and Altruism. Pick one or as many as you want to try and let the challenges begin! The app works on a crowd-source approval system. You start with an easy challenge that the app tasks you to complete, before submitting a picture for the community's approval. Earn some badges once your picture is declared legit and unlock new challenges.

Each category starts out with an easy assignment: Share a cause on Facebook, list five artists that you love, etc. It then gets progressively tougher. The first gourmet task asks you to take a picture of your favorite ingredients, and then they raise the bar with try some blue cheese, make some tasty guacamole, and prepare an all raw food meal. Don't be surprised if later down the road you'll need to start your own garden or host a Thanksgiving dinner.

Other sections of the app include the Live Feed, where you can watch other users finishing challenges in real time. The Tribunal is where the voting process on submitted images takes place. Here you get to decide if other people have completed their assigned tasks properly.

The app also features special event-specific challenges, with the first event being the Quebec City Summer Festival (Festival d'été de Québec). These tasks range from checking out new artists to joining a party bus.

Although the idea of an app-based challenge game is not new -- see Onefeat and Klash, the incorporation of challenges to reach a long-term goal is an interesting and brilliant idea. This is a great app to have on hand if you're on vacation this summer and have the extra time to complete challenges. You can hit YourExtraLife's page below.

About Tuong Nguyen

Raised in the Bay Area but educated on the sandy beaches of San Diego, Tuong writes for specializing in Windows Security and Mobile Apps.