Task Hammer: An Android To-do App with an RPG Twist
There’s no short supply of task managers and to-do list apps for Android. Many are simply ports of popular desktop apps, others are simply trying to squeeze into the already overcrowded productivity app market. The problem with this market is, despite the endless variety of apps, each and every one of them seem to have the exact same functionality. Some just have better designs than others.
I was beginning to think I’d never find a to-do list app that could not only help me in my seemingly endless pursuit to get more done. I wondered what exactly it was I needed from a to-do list app in order to consistently use it. And then it dawned on me: fun and motivation. As much as I shouldn’t need motivation in order to get through my fairly simple day, I find it’s always nice to have a little. That’s where Task Hammer comes into play.
Unlike its premium iPhone friend, EpicWin, Task Hammer doesn’t offer as polished or as rich an experience. But what it doesn’t offer in design, it makes up for by delivering an experience that is fast and simple. You begin by choosing one of four characters types (Unknown Stranger, Barbarian, Rogue, or Sorceress). As you can tell from the screenshots above, I chose the Barbarian, affectionately naming him Beastmaster after one of my favorite worst shows to watch re-runs of in the early 2000s.
After setting up your character, you’re ready to start crushing “your tasks like a hero”, as Task Hammer’s slogan would say. When adding a task, besides the typical what and when, you’re given an “attribute” box. The five attributes featured are strength, vitality, intelligence, perseverance, and charisma. I’ve learned from using the app that the attributes actually teach you a lot about yourself. For instance, I spend way too much time training my mind and not enough time at the gym or out meeting people (specifically girls), which has left my strength and charisma lacking behind the other three attributes. Those are things I’ve made into high priority tasks to help motivate myself.
The RPG element of the app is all about leveling up your character by completing your tasks. With each completed task, you’re awarded experience points. The more experience you gain, the more your character progresses. That’s all there is to it. Some may find it too simple, lacking bells and whistles to stay immersed, but for those of you looking for a different type of task management experience, don’t overlook Task Hammer.