Esri PDX Continues to Test Geofencing Game Map Attack
This past weekend Esri PDX invited individuals to test its "geofencing" game Map Attack. The team, which came from Esri's acquisition of Geoloqi, is porting the original version from 2011 to Esri's new GeoTrigger Service (still in private beta per the website).
The game is a real world version of PacMan, a tribute to PacManhattan. Players put the apps on their phone and join a game. Once assigned to one of two teams, players run (or bike or whatever) around on the physical world game board to collect points (the "eat dots" part of PacMan ). The team with the most points wins. Apparently players can see the location of players on the other team in the app, but it's not clear if they can see players on their own team.
Once the game is out of beta I hope they bring it to a geo conference; I for one have yet to play a location-based game like this. I'm not aware of any that have really "taken off" either.
- invitation via Twitter