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App Tuesday – Have some virtual fun on Michigan’s roads with Get Up North

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The roads in Michigan are so bad. How bad are they, you ask? They’re so bad that a recent Eastern Michigan University graduate made a mobile game about it. The Get Up North app, created by Joey Stinson, 27, of Fenton, is one every Michigan motorist can relate to.

Get Up North is a simple, entertaining game inspired by a true story. It was developed by Stinson, after a trip to northern Michigan earlier this year.

“My friend and I were heading up north this past April, and we were taking the back roads,” Stinson said. “They were just so filled with potholes that we were driving in the left hand lane just to avoid them.”

The irritating swerving soon turned into a game for the pair of friends which sparked an idea in Stinson’s mind.

“At first it was annoying, but then we made it into a game of avoiding them and every time you hit a pothole you’d get minus one point,” Stinson said. “By the end of the day, I had kind of formulated Get Up North and told my friend I was going to turn it into a mobile game. Five months later, here it is.”

The game simulates Michigan’s roads with potholes, construction cones and deer to avoid, so users know the game is set in Michigan without a doubt. If the potholes and the cones weren’t enough clues that this game is Michigan made, the pop cans spread across the pavement to be collected are sure to drive the point home.

Since its release on July 31 on the app store, Stinson reports the app has had much success.

“We’ve had thousands of downloads, hundreds of thousands of impressions” he said. “People love the game. If you read our reviews, they think it’s a pretty funny joke.”

Get Up North is available for free download on the Apple App Store. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.