I recently blogged about geocaching on my website about how it can b used as an impetus to get out and take some photos but as I typed it out I realized that I also use it as a type of game as well. As my previous posts show here I love iphone games and if an application is fun enough to use then it itself can be turned into a game with a little use of imagination.
Geocaching is essentially treasure hunting in real life. Once you have downloaded the app or visited geocahing.com you can search for near by stashes and once located you can upload them to you GPS enable device and head off on the hunt. Using the gps coordinates and clues from the original geochacher its up to you to find it. Once found you can notify the app you have discovered it and leave a signature or treasure behind for other geocachers to discover when they find it. The whole thing is a ton of fun and very active but how am I turning it into an iOS game?
Well the answer is simple: Set a goal. I load up the app and find a group of caches that are within a reasonable distance of each other. I then set myself a time limit to find and photograph them all and if completed I win! Simple yet extremely effective. For the more imaginative people out there I?m sure they can apply a storyline to the whole thing as well (though I don?t go that far ). I highly recommend geocaching to anyone who hasn?t experienced it before and to try and turn it into a game as well. Video games are a amazing and can keep one occupied for hours on end but no one can deny the good clean fun getting out and walking can give.