Some time ago I reviewed Geocaching – an app for enthusiasts of the likewise named sport. Geocaching is an activity centered around finding caches hidden by other enthusiasts. Participants use hints and the GPS coordinates to uncover the loot. This is a wonderfull hobby which even deserves to be named a sport. At the same time it has its limitations. The most important of which is: caches have to have been hidden by someone in the first place. And in some parts of the world it’s quite difficult to come across them. But now there is way for them to enjoy almost the same experience with virtual geocaching – Traveler’s Quest.
The basic idea of Traveller’s Quest is the same as in geocaching – finding stuff hidden by other people. But all of this is done using augmented reality. That is – though the maps are real, the treasures buried are virtual. This has both its ups and downs but more about that in a minute.
To find a treasure in Traveller’s Quest you first have to buy a map. This will give you a GPS location somewhere in your general area together with the depth the treasure was buried at. Once you are sufficiently close to it you can tap the location on the map and dig up the treasure (you are given a bonus if you nailed the spot as close as possible). As you start the game you can only dig up treasures close to the surface, but as you earn cash you can spend some of it to obtain upgrades to get to the deeper stashes. And don’t worry if there are no people in your city that have Traveller’s Quest – the devs have added bots that will act almost like real live people and bury the treasures for you to find. Once you dig up the stash, it’s up to you whether to keep the treasure for your own collection or to sell it to get the cash for more maps and upgrades.
The other side of geocaching — hiding the stash — has also not gone without the developer’s attention. You can bury treasures you own to increase their value (which goes up at a fixed rate per depending on the depth of where you hid it) and later make a mint selling it.
For the social side Traveller’s Quest has global leaderboards on Overall Score, as well as Treasures, Gold and Collections. I did think the game could use a twitter integration feature though. The interface is very clean and stylish, being easy to use at the same time. The maps are downloaded in real time, which can be a problem for those out there with a limited traffic plan, especially when going abroad.
Traveller’s Quest is a great way for people to try out geocaching without all of the hassle with finding the actual physical stash. The bots make it a consistent experience regardless of whether there are other people with the app in your area, though I really felt they could be a bit more active. The global leaderboards will appeal to the social addicts, even without Twitter integration. At the same time it just doesn’t give the satisfaction of holding the cache in your own hands and writing down your name in the logbook.
With this I declare Traveller’s Quest officially touched!
|Title:||Traveler’s Quest||Developer:||Kitty Code|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||3.0|
|Price:||$2.99||App Size:||5.0 MB|
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