Developer: Supermono
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

EpicWin certainly isn’t the first to-do list app that I’ve encountered in the App Store, but it is definitely the most original. It takes the typical, boring productivity idea and turns it on its head, making your mundane daily activities extreme RPG-like quests. The developers say it best, saying that, “we all have good intentions but we need a bit of encouragement here and there. Doing the laundry is an epic feat of stamina so why not get stamina points for it?!

The concept is pretty novel, letting you create a standard to-do list, but adding an “epicness” rating and a quest type to each item. As you gain experience from completing you epic tasks, you can gain loot and increase your level… eventually become the King of Win.

As much as I love adding some RPG-ness to my day, using the app on a day to day basis should be the primary concern… unless you want using the app to be considered a quest of stamina worth 300 epic points.

Adding items to the list is easy enough, as there are multiple places in the main screen to add tasks. Tasks are then listed in chronological order, requiring you to hold the task (which shows you killing a monster) to complete it. Past that, the app is fairly bare bones, and misses out on some features that would’ve been useful. For one, there is no calendar view, just a scrollable chronological view that doesn’t show repeated tasks until the day they are to be done.

Also missing is an option to repeat things every weekday. You do get the option to repeat things every day, every month, every year, or on any specific day of the week, but no weekdays. I guess putting “go to work” on a to-do list is a bit redundant, but I would still like the option. I would also like a view that just shows repeated tasks, as an extra way to organize my tasks.

At the end of the day, I don’t know if EpicWin will really suck me in long term, but given its unique approach to mundane tasks, it’s easy to like the app. it’s instantly apparent that the developers spent much more time into making the app fun than making it be an end all to-do app, but maybe simpler is better(er) when it comes to getting things done.

As far as its productivity features go, it doesn’t do anything special that would differentiate it from the competition, but if you just need a simple to-do app with a bit of added fun, EpicWin may be your best bet. Just don’t get burned out from adding minute tasks to level up. The goal is to actually live your life.

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