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gps gamesIf you’re looking for something new to do that will get you outdoors Hiking GPS or iPhone? Using Your Smartphone to Navigate Outdoors Hiking GPS or iPhone? Using Your Smartphone to Navigate Outdoors Your smartphone really can take on the role of a dedicated GPS, but there’s a few things you’ll need to keep in mind when doing so. Read More , use your smartphone and get involved in some great activities, you’ve probably considered playing some sort of GPS game.

Since there are so many fun outdoor games to choose from, many of which have very similar names, it can get a little confusing. So, we’ve made a list of some of the best GPS games for you to try out. It’s time to get stuck into some geohashing, geocaching, geodashing and a number of other games that have more than two letters different in their names.

1. Tourality

Tourality is a smartphone GPS game which has you running all over your area. You choose exactly which sort of game you’re playing in advance, then Tourality does the rest. The application will lead you to the each location in turn, so all you have to do is run!

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2. Geocaching (& Travel Bugs)

Geocaches are hidden packages which are mapped for people to find. Inside the packages are useful bits and pieces people have left behind, often with a book you can sign to say you’ve been there. Usually you are free to take something from the cache and replace it with something new for someone else. Head to a major geocaching site or get a geocaching application for your smartphone to find out where your nearest caches are.

Travel bugs and geocoins are objects with barcodes and/or serial numbers attached, usually with some sort of instructions as to where you want them to go. You leave them in a geocache and when someone finds them they read your instructions and take them to the next logical cache. The bugs are tracked via sites like so you can map the journey your bugs take.


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3. Geohashing

Geohashing is an XKCD invention, thanks to a random comic that triggered the real life game. The nature of the geohash is such that for each day there is a new hash for every graticule (that is, the area inside four confluences). There’s a wiki of people geohashing worldwide, plus plenty of geohashing apps for smartphones and the web which you can use to get the co-ordinates for the day’s geohash adventure.

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4. GPS Mission

Pick a GPS mission and get out there! You’ll be sent on a scavenger hunt adventure to reach destinations and answer questions. Users can create their own missions for the site, involving locations of local buildings and historical sites.

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5. Geodashing

Geodashing is a game where a number of random locations are chosen for each game, then the winner is the person or team who visits the most locations before the deadline. As you might imagine, online teamwork is encouraged as the locations are worldwide. Head to the geodashing site to start playing.

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6. Make Your Own Treasure Hunt

Using Locomatrix’s Treasure Hunt game, you can design a treasure hunt 4 Ideas For A Fun Date Using A GPS Smartphone & Some Romance 4 Ideas For A Fun Date Using A GPS Smartphone & Some Romance Almost everybody has a smartphone with a GPS these days, but they're still sorely underused when it comes to creative days out of the house. If you're a geek looking to impress a date with... Read More using photos. The application will use your GSP to determine how close you are and tell you if you’re getting closer to it or not. This is a good one for parents to prepare for a family outing. If you’re lucky someone may have already created a treasure hunt for your area. Locomatrix also have other games designed to use GPS to bring computer games back outside, so check them out too.

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7. Waymarking

Waymarking is a way to share the co-ordinates and details of interesting locations in order to build a community map of cool places. From this, you can take part in scavenger hunts using your smartphone and the waymarks near you.

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8. Repurpose Outdoor Games With A GEO Twist

Try playing capture the castle, where the “flag” is a GPS co-ordinate which you then have to reach in order to win. See more ideas similar to this here.

9. Confluence Project

Confluences are the points where longitude and latitude lines meet, so naturally there is a website dedicated to seeing what each and every confluence looks like. Head to your nearest confluence using your smartphone’s GPS to guide you, take a photo and stick it on to take part.

10. Make Your Own Geocaching Game

Either use the cache to point the way to the next co-ordinates or use a stamp or sticker system within caches to fill out a passport of locations which have been found.

Even More GPS Games

If you like GPS games, here’s some more things you’ll love:

Now, what we really need is smartphone applications which show you all the geocaches, local waymarks, today’s geohash location, etc. all in one applications. Any takers to write one?

What are your favourite geo-games? How do they work?

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  1. Carol
    July 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Pokémon Go!

  2. Rikard
    July 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    This game seems to be very nice!. Can't wait for the release! :P

  3. Frank Ogiamien
    August 18, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Ingress is fun. Big player base, completely free and no spam. Join the Enlightened. Conquer the smurfs!

  4. Gabriella Szabo
    August 12, 2015 at 7:34 am

    City games, city puzzles, treasure hunt played live on the spot!

    We believe that sightseeing can and should be fun and games. Solving tasks, finding hidden secrets and unscrambling puzzles – all this at the nicest locations in the city where you are.

  5. Dave
    February 5, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Ingress Come join the resistance! Defeat the frogs!

  6. Kristof Van den Branden
    January 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    The target is a location based game where police teams chase up a gangster team in the city. A fast and exciting game to play with your friends, family and colleagues.

  7. Ziggip
    February 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

    12. - is geo location game, which connects locations into territories and makes a fun strategic game for you and your

  8. Tottie1
    February 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

     Creating and hiding qcodes for other to find and score points. Check it out...

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

       Interesting - thanks for sharing.

    • giorgo
      May 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm