If you are in need of some recreation, but tired of sitting in front of your computer or television screen, then here are some innovative and unique gaming apps, using GPS coordinates. With the rapid increase of using smartphones, it is now quite common to utilise the features of built-in GPS or Global Positioning System. Using GPS or Global Positioning System you can play several games using real-time location and making the most of your nearby locations, as you play games that use GPS co-ordinated apps.
Here are the Top 5 games that use GPS coordinates:
- Pokemon Go:
Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, is an augmented reality (AR) game that was released in July 2016, in selected countries. This game uses GPS or Global Positioning System (GPS) as the main objective of this game is to capture, train and locate the virtual creatures called Pokemon. These virtual creatures appear as if they are in the location of player’s own world. The game has earned popularity in no time as it is absolutely free to play and there is no requirement to spend any money. However, it has in-app purchase feature for adding extra in-game items. Although Pokemon Go has received mixed reviews it has been considered as one of the most useful and profitable mobile gaming apps because of its amazing concept. The game has been downloaded more than 500 million times all over the world, which is often credited to the use of AR technology. The game has become widely popular among youngsters as it promotes physical activity. If you are a beginner and have never played the game before, then you should start with some useful tips on how to play Pokémon Go. However, playing this game on your computer is not a good idea as it will deprive you from the wonderful experience of hunting for Pokémon in your real location.
This location based, augmented –reality mobile game, was developed by Niantic for only Android devices in 2012, and later for iOS in 2014. The concept of the game is based on science fiction back story that has continuous open narrative. With the futuristic science fiction theme you can explore the world, to acquire and capture virtual terrain, virtual objects and you can participate in fictional war. In this game, the players are generally divided according to two competing groups, “agents” and “portals”. The agents struggle for controlling the “portals” that correspond to the real world. The game integrates some key features that makes it the most popular and robust game.
Geocaching is one of the most popular location based games. Although this game does not have any attractive story narrative, yet this game is based on an attractive concept. This game has scavenger type activities, where the players can hide “caches” in their desired place. After hiding the item, the players upload the GPS coordinates to the web so that the others can seek the hidden item. When you participate in the game, you are required to find such cache; you can take items from it, or replace it with something equal or greater value. In fact, you can browse for caches nearby you on geocaching websites or in geocaching mobile apps. The caches have different categories, based on the size, difficulty level and distance. You have the facility of choosing the easy ones ignoring the rest.
- Zombies, Run:
Zombies, Run developed and published by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman for the Android and iOS platforms. Launched in 2012, the background of this game is set around Abel Township. The players here act as “Runner 5”, and as a player you have to undertake a few tasks or series of activities (mission) that includes running, collecting items to save the survivor and listening to the various audio narrations to discover the mysteries. In this game, each run is a mission that lasts for 30 to 60 minutes. This game has become one of the most popular highest-grossing Health and Fitness apps on Apple’s App Store, after its initial release. This app has made running more fun, unlike the other gaming apps that makes the users couch potato.
Geohashing has gained the reputation of being one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities. The background of this game is inspired by the XKCD, a web comic in which the participants are required to reach a random location and to prove their achievements by taking picture of GPS or Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device. This game is inspired by the Geocaching. The game uses the player’s current GPS location, so that the destination is never too far.
Go ahead and enjoy these games full of fun and entertainment! These are definitely meant to bring a change in your mundane routine.