Review: Mobeo from Mobywan, Social Location-based Gaming

Actions Speak Louder. So throw a Flaming Cabbage.

Yea, thats right, Flaming Cabbage. Today we’re going to discuss a location based game called Mobeo, which utilizes an arsenal of throwable items from flaming cabbages to bad eggs, agitated soda cans, angry missiles, and more. Non-throwable or “traps” including but are not limited to, slippery bananas, bottomless puddles, menacing rain clouds, possessed lawnmowers, and the list continues. Now tell me ‘possessed lawnmower’ doesn’t peak your interest just a little.

The game is, as I said location based. You go about your day, keeping a watch on friends at your leisure via other location based application such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare or maybe even your sixth sense. Understand though, these applications are only used to assist you in finding the location of the friends you’re connected to. It is absolutely your call if you choose to use the checkins from your friends or take a shot in the dark. Basically, any way you can find out where a target is located at any given time. Whatever you choose, when you actually locate and hit a friend with your weapon of choice you will feel an unexpected excitement when Mobeo give you that notification that your target has been hit. This being said, from the description I laid out, you do not have to share your location with anyone to play.

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I’ve had the opportunity to play the game for a couple weeks now. At first it took me a bit to get the concept down. But I picked it up after a little research and a number of questions sent via Twitter to @MobyWanMobile and the rest of the dev team, which were consistently responded to quickly. Also remember you have to acquire the friends to play with. There is a default ‘Whole Wide World’ game you’ll automatically join, after your tutorial with your first Mobeo friend ‘Rachel Mobeo’ who will walk you through the game very efficiently. After the initial walk-though, you’ll be able to create private games, or continue on playing along with the whole wide world!

The game Mobeo uses the players real-world location, and these same players will use a map to navigate to locations of potential targets, based on your smartphones GPS. So as you go through the day you could possibly be a target and if you are and you get hit, you’ll know it. I can’t speak for everyone, but when this happens to me I immediately feel the need to retaliate! And don’t forget the traps! Leave them anywhere you like, but be sparing, as you will gain more items as the game goes on. Leave a trap anywhere you know a friend may frequent and just watch your notification bar for Mobeo to tell you they fell right into it. This will certainly satisfy you thirst for revenge, at least for the moment.

The company MobyWan was founded in Toronto, Canada. From this Mobeo was created. Created by a team of four guys with the urge to break free of their corporate positions. Because of this move, they have brought to the masses a game that brings together friends, locally and world wide in a social location-based game, that can be fun for any Android device owner. The game is also made available to all your iOS friends, and soon to be available for BlackBerry as well.

Mobeo is free in the Android Market now. So hit the link, and give it a try today.

About the Author: Adam Johnson

Adam was born and raised in Florida. Once a grown man traveled around the country working as a contract 3D mechanical designer. Finally settled in Gainesville, FL doing the same work in a permanent position for a global medical device company. His interest in mobile devices started with his Motorola Q9h which sported Windows Mobile 6.1. Unfortunately he was captured by the enemy and owned an iPhone3G for a short while, but that didn't last long through some dealings with the mobile carrier at the time. Finally he found a happy secure place among the Android community, starting with his HTC EVO 4G and hasn't looked back. All during his time with these various smartphones, he's dug deep into them, hacking away to get the best performance he could, all the while making his devices unique. As new Android devices are always on the horizon, he can't say what his next device will be, but he is Android for life, and his passion for all things Google will stand fast.