My Weight Loss Coach
Not compatible with DSi
Be very careful when buying any game that comes with added peripherals. You need to make sure that they are compatible with whichever game system you own. I was very disappointed to get home and find that the included pedometer is not compatible with the DSi. It plugs into the Gameboy port on the DS Lite. I was able to find a website, after much searching, that addressed this issue. It states that you can enter the number of steps manually. This is true, up to a point. It will only let you enter in increments of 100. So, the step count is never going to be accurate. I'm a big fan of buying used from Gamestop, and returning the item if it doesn't suit me. This was a perfect example of that happening. I was able to package everything back up and get a refund on the spot.
For the last year I've been wanting to lose about 20 pounds. I had looked at several websites and have read a couple of books concerning diets and fitness. They all suggested that I buy expensive fitness equipment, become a member of a fitness center, and eat strange and expensive meals. Also, if your schedule changed at all with these diet/fitness regimines you'd find yourself struggling to fit everything needed into the day. I bought My Weight Loss Coach on a whim. I noticed it was an Ubisoft title, and joked with my wife how it would make me look like the Prince of Persia. I saw that there was a pedometer included in the package, which made me believe that it wouldn't ask me to purchase any equipment and would just work around walking and other equipmentless exercises. This was definitely a bonus. I have been using it for a week. The daily objectives are nice, they don't require any major changes in your lifestyle, just the usual "take the stairs instead of the elevator" sorta thing. It also requires you to pay more attention to what you're putting into your body. My god, I didn't realize how much crap I was putting into my body. Although, it is kind of nice to finish the day with a beer and not feel too guilty because I need those extra few calories to hit the "Perfect Balance" objective. The Coaching sessions are kind of "duh" when they give you the initial information. "Did you know that eating well will make you feel better?" Then you're given a survey to find out where you sit on the scale of good health. The responses to the questions are pretty amusing. "Q: How often do you walk? A: I will even drive to the end of the block." The mini quiz games are nothing to write home about. They just seem to be there to help you retain healthy eating and activity information. The Challenges is where this title grabbed me. They range from "Find out your local swimming pool's hours" to "Walk 10,000 steps today" to "Replace your sugary drinks with fruit drinks today." I guess it's the gamer in me that makes me feel I NEED to complete every Challenge they throw at me. In conclusion, I've been using this for a week and have already lost 3 pounds, my metabolism feels like it's on its way to where it was 10 years ago, and I have more energy and a much better attitude towards things. So, if you just stick with it and take it one challenge at a time, you'll experience some big rewards.
Not a total package
While i'm not totally convinced that this will actually make you loose weight, the game plays out simple enough, and has some interesting tips for people who are clueless about a healthy lifestyle. Making the daily goals is fun, and challenging yourself to do 30 min of physical activity every day is great. The food balancing system is probably the games weakest link, with only a handful of choices, the game makes vague attempts to add up your caloric intake for the day, while balancing it on a scale with you daily physical activity, and this is supposed to show you the rate a which you will loose actual pounds. So far 1 week later, I'm skeptical of its accuracy. Another flaw is in the pedometer that comes with the game (obviously the source of the games $10 mark up) it's comically bulky ( you can pick up a sleeker, slimmer one at any sporting good store for the same price) somewhat inaccurate, and if you bend over to say, tie your shoe? You had better take a look at it to see how many steps you have taken because you're going to either hit the reset button which is foolishly placed where it can easily be pressed, or the battery is going to come loose, and you will loose your step count anyway. I want to like this game, the animation is cute, and its heart is in the right place, but there are just to many critical flaws. Perhaps if I follow the instruction a little more closely, and stick with it for another few weeks I will have more to say.