WakeUp Club is kind of an oddball app for the PS Vita, but I think it deserves a look merely for trying something I’ve never seen before. However, I can’t just review it like I would a game; I mean, you only get to use it for about a minute each day. So instead, I plan to report on my experience with this app over the course of a few weeks and see if there’s anything of interest slumbering inside this alarmingly simple free app.
Week 1 Report
To maximize my confusion and hilarity, I intentionally went into this experiment with as little information as possible about the app. I only knew it has something to do with waking up at the same time as other people around the world. So, on my first night, I set my alarm, chose a wake-up sound (the default music seemed least jarring), and went to bed dreaming of what would await me the next morning.
When the Vita went off the next day, I looked around in a daze for a second, my coordination shot and my eyes blurred. I could make out something going on with the Vita screen, so I picked it up and started pressing buttons, trying to get it to shut off. The music persisted.
Then I noticed my PSN avatar bouncing gently around the screen, and words, indecipherable and blurry to my eyes, were written at the top. It took a few seconds to focus and make out the instructions. I had to tap my avatar. Okay, simple enough. Tap.
To my dismay, the music didn’t stop. Instead, I now see a goat, or sheep, or a giant cloud with a face on it. Numerous avatars were spread across its puffiness. Do I have to tap them? When I do, I see a little dot fly to the image accompanied by a male voice saying, “Good morning!” I later leaned that these sounds are actually being sent to the people I tap: kind of a nudge to help the slowest of our group to get up. But my first instinct is to spam these sounds as obnoxiously as possible.
One by one, the others wake up, and a cheer goes up from the game. Well, it’s nice to feel so accomplished this early in the day. But how accomplished was I? The game lists all the club members in the order they woke up. Seems like I was first. Woohoo!
The second day, I wanted to hear what it’s like to get wakeup sounds from other people, so I intentionally didn’t hit the avatar right away. I waited over a minute, and nothing came. Disappointed, I finally “woke up” and saw that everyone else seemed to be awake already. Did they just not care about that feature? Seconds later, the fanfare goes up, and our names go by again, and I was again number one.
I didn’t see any way to add the other people in my club to my friends list (short of writing down their PSN names as they scrolled by), which I heard was a feature. I also don’t know if there’s a way to have your friends in a club with you. But these are all quandaries I plan to solve next week.
For now, I’ve told my old friend JNam about the app, and we’re both going to set our alarms to the same time next week – 7:45 a.m. EST – just to see if it puts us in the same group. I’ll also take a deeper look at the stat tracking, achievements, and customization options.
Want to join the experiment? Download the app for free on PSN and share your experiences in the comments below!