Thursday, May 22, 2014

Undiscovered App #72: Global Archer - Katniss Meets Google Maps

Global ArcherI love new concepts. Especially because so many app genres are, shall I say, played out? From endless runners, to physics games, to puzzles, or RPGs, it's hard to come up with something different.

Which is why today's Undiscovered App, from Aunt Mary LLC, is worthy of our attention. It's called Global Archer. It's a very simple concept: it takes advantage of your iPhone's GPS, accelerometer and compass to turn the real world into your bow-and-arrow shooting range. Once you sign up (an account is needed since that's how social games work, and you can sign up either through Facebook or by registering through an email account), you can play against friends, or you can just practice by yourself.

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The objective is to hit a target anywhere in the world with your bow, with your starting point being your actual physical location on the world map. You have to physically turn yourself in the direction of your target (e.g., if I'm on the west coast, I need to face east if I'm aiming for an eastern target), then pull down on the string, and then wait for the oscillating strength gauge to line up, then release. Depending on how well all those factors line up, you can score some coins, which you can use to buy different kinds of arrows that'll help you with future targets. You can also purchase coins via IAPs.

It's a fun game with an educational benefit. It's bad enough I don't remember where all the States are, and I'm even worse when it comes to remembering where all the countries are on the globe. Play Global Archer enough, and you'll never realize that learning geography could be so fun. So for you Katniss Everdeen fans, here's your chance to use your bow and arrow and learn something along the way. All while beating your friend in the process. Win-win. Global Archer is free to download, and has an average rating of 4.5 stars.

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