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New Game Creates Virtual Adventures in Public Parks
ParkQuest is a free mobile game that provides an immersive, interactive, and customized adventure at public parks and other outdoor areas.
ParkQuest is a free mobile game that provides an immersive, interactive, and customized adventure at public parks and other outdoor areas. Players search for treasures, collect magic items, and battle against monsters as in many adventure games. ParkQuest is unique because players are performing these activities in the real world; in real time and space. Players will use their phone as a map, compass, sword, shield, magic wand, even a shovel! We want to use this framework to enrich our public parks and get people excited about visiting them and spending time there.
GPS-Enabled Park Treasure Map tracks player position in real time (and the position of the monsters in the game)
Events, treasures and challenges have specific, real world locations (players must find them in the park)
Interactions use tactile motion detection and touch features of the phone (swing your sword, dig with shovel, point your wand and cast your spell!)
New events and challenges daily, special events on specified dates and times
Share-able "Souvenir photos" commemorate accomplishments, times played and places visited
ParkQuest provides a variety of events and activities. Imagine some of the possibilities:
Search for Buried Treasure
Imagine using your map and compass to find the X on the map, and then using your phone like a shovel to dig up a treasure chest! Commemorate your find by taking your picture- with the treasure you just found!
Go on a Dragon Hunt
Imagine hunting a Dragon that lives somewhere in your park. You will see it flying in the sky. Once you track it down, can you figure out how to capture it, or will you need to use your sword and shield to defend yourself?
Catch a Fairy
Did you know there are fairies in your park? They are hard to find, and can be hard to catch! Use your net to catch one and they may help you find secret treasures.
Learn to be a Wizard
Have you encountered some monsters in the woods? Imagine pointing your phone like a wand, calling out the name of a spell, a casting your spell to shoot fire, become invisible, or turn them into frogs! Find a school and you can learn new magic spells!
Escape the Zombie Horde
Imagine a horde of Zombies that stalks you throughout the park. You can temporarily fend them off, you can perhaps outrun them, but how will you survive when they just keep chasing you?
Maybe Just a Stroll?
Go on a daily scavenger hunt for the GeoTokens, which are placed at new locations in your park each time. Along the way you will earn gold coins- just for walking!
ParkQuest is currently being supported by a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of setting up several new parks in the United States. For more information about the ParkQuest campaign you can visit the home page at:
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