Developer: Tech BLA Solutions Pvt ltd
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.02
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I’ve always wondered why there aren’t many exercise games that utilize the iPad’s front-facing camera. It’s the perfect solution for those who like to work out on the go and don’t have access to a XBOX Kinect or Wii console. Techbla has solved this dilemma with their new app Boxthebag.

Boxthebag is a virtual boxing app that lets users hit a 3D punching bag. The game is able to detect the speed and force of the punches so that users feel like they are really punching the bag.

In order for Boxthebag to work properly, users must follow the directions closely. The iPad needs to be secured safely on a table or users can opt to have someone else hold it for them. It’s also required to play in a well-lit area so that the camera can see your movements.

The game takes place in what looks like an underground gym. At the start of the practice or challenge, users can see themselves in a TV behind the punching bag. This makes it possible for users to ensure that they are lined up properly. The app recommends that users stand at least two feet away from their iPad. The head and torso must be visible so the app can detect the punches.

Targets appear on the punching bag, which indicate where users need to throw their punches. The random targets must be punched accurately in order for users to advance. This is where the app gets a little tricky. Users may have to adjust the height, light and distance of the iPad as well as the force and direction of their swings before they successfully hit the bag.

While the real life sound effects help set the mood for the game, I found myself getting a little frustrated at times. At first the game wasn’t working right because my room wasn’t bright enough so I fixed this by turning on the overhead light. Most of my punches were finally registering, but there were some that weren’t quite accurate. I’m not sure if it’s because the iPad 2’s front facing camera isn’t as great as the New iPad’s or if I just wasn’t positioned right at times for the game to register my swings.

The idea behind Boxthebag is a brilliant one. The game is perfect for exercise enthusiasts, boxing experts and the occasional gym rat. I recommend that users play the practice mode first to get used to their stance and how they should interact with the app before moving into the challenge mode where they’ll have to make it through 10 rounds without missing many hits. Hopefully there are plans to add more to the app in terms of enhancements, game modes and improvements. For now, it’s worth the download for those looking to bulk up at home or on-the-go.

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