McDonalds Philippines has just launched a new game app which, ironically, encourages people to leave their beloved mobile devices, reminding that there’s no substitute for offline socialization.
Deceptively simple, the BFF Timeout App, created by Mobext, is a cooperative game for Android and iOS users that records how long a group of friends can resist checking their gadgets.
Players are rewarded with badges like the ones seen in Foursquare for more minutes played. For the next two months, however, the prizes are much more enticing – weekly trips to key tourist hotspots like Boracay and Japan.
Jeremy Obial, chief technology officer at Mobext, confirmed with Marketing that the app will be exclusive to the Philippines and patches to improve the game will be released.
The BFF Timeout App is part of an integrated campaign in partnership with Coca-Cola called #BetterTogether, which seeks to bring meaningful conversations back in today’s digital age.
While technology helped people communicate much easier, the iconic brands said that more connections are now happening in social media than in the real one.
Asked on why McDonald’s created the app, McDonald’s Philippines product manager Cholo Perreras said: “We stepped up with our ideas and though of challenging people to have a digital timeout challenge but in a fun way. We wanted to remind people the value of connections in real life and that’s what we had in mind when we approached Leo Burnett and Mobext to help us create this tool.”