'Get Up North' gaming app puts fun spin on Michigan roads

Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 1:03 PM EDT
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(8/7/2018) - It's a new game all Michiganders can relate to.

"Get up North" is taking gaming to the roads and testing your driving skills with familiar Michigan obstacles. The creator said the game he worked on for months was all created after a long and bumpy road trip.

"The roads were so bad on the way over there that he kept hitting potholes and he was getting really frustrated, so every time he would hit one, I'd be like, 'Oh you got a negative point dude,'" said creator Joey Stinson.

The drive from Fenton to Pinconning became so fun for Stinson, he decided to make a game out of it.

"Get Up North is the ultimate Michigander journey," he said. "You start off with a car collecting pop cans for points as you avoid potholes, construction cones and deer."

Once he got onto the Michigander theme, he decided he would just run with the idea.

"I was avoiding potholes, but I felt like there was just something missing," Stinson said. "I was like, 'Well I do have to avoid deer on the highway frequently and I feel like Michigan only has two seasons, construction and winter,' so I had to put that in the game."

Instead of collecting coins, he decided to make it a little bit more like that Mitten State.

"Michiganders wouldn't collect coins, we would collect pop cans and return them," Stinson said.

This is the first app that the Fenton native has created, but he said its not the last. He's currently working on another one called "Traverse City Cherry Picker."

You can find "Get Up North" app on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

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