The Email Game adds an element of fun to the everyday task of checking email. Rather than agonizing over what to do with each message received, The Email Game users can earn points by acting quickly and getting things done in their inbox. The application gives the user a timer. If the timer runs out, the user loses points. If they complete their tasks before time is up, they earn points. The user also earns points for doing things with their emails. Ignoring emails by leaving them in their inbox is frowned upon when ‘playing’ The Email Game. The user is given a default time limit of three minutes when responding to an email. An add time button is available in case the user needs more time to finish their response. The Email Game also allows users to create their responses right away then choose to archive them to send later on. The user chooses when the message is sent and The Email Game makes sure it is sent regardless of whether the user checks their email again later.Show more screenshots »
The Email Game was created by a company named Baydin which was founded in May of 2009. Based out of Mountain View, California, Baydin’s team includes CEO Alexander Moore, Chief Architect Michael J. Chin and Chief of Product Aye Moah. The company is focused on building applications and tools that make email more fulfilling. Along with The Email Game, Baydin is also responsible for creating the FireFox and Google Chrome plugin, Boomerang for Gmail.
The Email Game does something few practical applications manage: it makes checking and responding to emails more enjoyable. By adding a competitive element, The Email Game turns mundane email checking into a contest. The user earns points by responding promptly and taking minimal time to craft their messages.
The Email Game website uses a fun, yet mature design that works exceptionally well for the purpose of the application. The application’s logo features an angry looking white envelope with a deep frown, wielding a three pronged pitch fork. The logo also features elegant black text that creates an eye-catching contrast against the pale blue background. Overall The Email Game manages to create a fun atmosphere without over doing it.
A new user can begin playing The Email Game by entering their email address in the green box found right on the homepage. The application is intended for Gmail accounts, so users may encounter issues when attempting to use The Email Game with any other type of email account. After entering their address, the user can click the bright green “Let’s Play” button just beside the address field. The site directs the user to a Google page which asks them to allow The Email Game access to their email account.
The Email Game is available to all users for free. Naturally this would be a good choice because the application is not so much practical as it is entertaining. Users only need a Gmail account (which is also free to create). The Email Game website also mentions an Enterprise account option, which requires the user to contact the company to discuss the user’s individual needs. This option does not include a price on the website. Users must contact Baydin to learn more about the cost of setting up an Enterprise membership for their company.
The Email Game offers a great way to make checking email entertaining. Anyone can use the application, so it works well for all users. As long as the user has a Gmail account that they use regularly, they can enjoy The Email Game.