Developer: Stephen Bennett
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Ask any group of roommates what the main issue is with living together and you’re likely to hear a familiar answer: ‘chores.’ Lots of things need to be done around the house to keep things working well, but it’s all too easy to forget about them, inadvertently leaving them until another person reaches the breaking point and does it themselves. That’s where the seeds of resentment kick in and problems can ensue.

Chorma aims to stop all that in its tracks by providing an easy to use way of organizing chores, and a fun rewards system, too.

Requiring a brief set up, users can assign the same list to a number of roommates, making it simple to co-ordinate no matter where everyone is. There’s no need to leave notes or SMS messages for roommates who are away at the time, as it can all be directly sent via Chorma. This is vital given there’s no way of emailing or messaging users such tasks through another method.

Once set up, all roommates can add whatever tasks they want to the list, as well as how often they need to be completed. One-off tasks can be added just as easily as something that needs to be repeated on a regular basis. Points can be assigned accordingly to the difficulty, such as 1 point for an easy job such as feeding a pet to 5 points for cleaning the bathroom.

When a task has been completed, it’s just a matter of tapping the relevant box to say it’s been finished, with points immediately assigned to that user. This point allocation has a couple of different purposes. First of all, Chorma suggests ways in which they could be used to reward others, such as by splitting the bill accordingly at a restaurant. It could also be used as a way of demonstrating who is performing the most work in the apartment.

There’s no guarantee that Chorma will remove all the stress of living with others, but it’s a handy way of taking the edge off things. All the better? It’s free, so there’s nothing to lose here.

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