The new era of videogames has come. Urban games offer a new way to interact with the World and the other players mixing reality and virtual reality, with creative game mechanics and the GPS technology, to offer an immersive game experience. They are also known as Location Based games.
Urban games take place in public spaces like the streets of a big city or in natural places like forests or wilder areas making the battleground the entire world.
Regardless of the type of gameplay, there are two main types of Urban Games:
Synchronous urban games:
These games are designed for all players to play at the same time and can be single player or multiplayer. Organizers create different teams, each one has a mission assigned and normally must to collaborate or compete, in real time, with the other teams of the game to achieve it.
An example of this kind of urban games could be:
- Pac-Manhattan: Pac-Manhattan is a large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980’s video game sensation Pac-Man. One player is Pac-Man and the others become the phantoms that have to catch him using the GPS technology and running through the streets.
Asynchronous urban games:
These games are played in the same places and spaces but they are designed to be played without real time interaction between players. These kind of urban games allow more passive participation. Smartphones, tablets or handheld computers use GPS positioning to find virtual objects or other players who happen to be nearby.
Two examples of this kind of games could be:
- Geocaching: Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around the world. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
- City Nostra: read the “City Nostra Game Concept”.
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