As PokemonGo mania gets bigger, check out 4 top augmented reality games

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Published: August 21, 2016 6:02:47 AM

The Pokémon Go mania is just getting bigger, but for those looking for something new, here are some other popular augmented reality games.

GEOCACHING

Geocaching is essentially an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants, or ‘geocachers’, use a GPS device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek ‘geocaches’.Geocaching is essentially an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants, or ‘geocachers’, use a GPS device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek ‘geocaches’.

These cleverly-hidden containers are placed all around the world—as per Geocaching.com, there are more than 2.8 million geocaches waiting to be found in over 180 countries. Once a geocacher catches and hides a geocache, he/she lists it on Geocaching.com and challenges others to find it. Using the Geocaching app, users can then follow subtle hints to the treasure.

Platforms: Android, iOS & Windows Phone

ZOMBIES, RUN!
Zombies, Run! is an immersive game in which users run through a series of missions during which they collect items and listen to various audio narrations to escape zombies. As the zombies get nearer, you have to run faster because if you get caught, you lose your collected items. The app can also record the distance covered and calories burnt on every mission through your smartphone’s GPS
or accelerometer.

Platforms: Android & iOS

INGRESS
Ingress uses a scientific plot wherein scientists in Europe have discovered a mysterious source of energy. Researchers believe it must be controlled, so players are divided into two groups: the ‘Enlightened’, who seek to embrace the power of the energy, and the ‘Resistance’, who struggle to defend and protect humanity against the release of that energy. Users move through the real world, using their device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. They acquire objects that will help them in their quest and team up with other players to advance the cause of the group they are associated with.

Platforms: Android & iOS

SPECTREK
Fans of Ghostbusters will love SpecTrek. In this game, players use the GPS in their smartphones to track ghosts in their vicinity and then capture them using the camera. However, these are not real ghosts. Like Pokémon Go, the idea behind this game was to get users up and walking about.

Platform: Android

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