If you’re reeling from the rise and fall of Pokémon GO, then we’ve pulled together some of the best location-based apps to try in its wake. From real-life Monopoly to ghost hunting, there’s plenty of apps out there that take advantage of GPS to bring gaming into the real world.
Landlord: Real Estate Tycoon
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing Monopoly in real life, then Landlord: Real Estate Tycoon is the app for you! Starting with a handsome amount of virtual money, you can buy a percentage of famous landmarks, local buildings and small businesses around you, then collect rent when people check-in to them via Facebook and Foursquare. Players can trade, sell and upgrade their properties to increase their value and compete to become the wealthiest tycoon around.
Join in the world’s largest treasure hunt with the Geocaching app! Using your phone’s GPS as a guide, the aim is to find carefully hidden objects around the globe that have been placed there by other members of the Geocaching community. Once you find the objects, the idea is to replace them with something of equal or greater value for the next person to discover. Exciting and interactive, Geocaching is a fun way to explore your surroundings and uncover hidden gems.
The team behind Pokémon GO released this low-key app back in 2012, but it still has a strong following today. Ingress separates the real world into two rival factions, battling for so-called portals that correspond to real-life places of interest on the map. Triangulating three portals ensures control is given to that faction with the chance to earn points for the length of time in which the area is held. You can work with your fellow agents to stop your rivals from stealing your portals.
SpecTrek is the closest thing to Ghostbusting there is! Whether you choose to play for 15 minutes or 8 hours, this location-based app projects ghosts onto Google Maps for you to hunt and catch in the real word. While it’s not a fitness app, SpecTrek comes with a progress tracker so you can see how far you’ve travelled, as well as how fast and how many calories you’ve burned. This is a great app to team up with your friends to play and become real-life Ghostbusters!