|by Sean O'Neill||Apps, Cell Phones and PDAs, Innovations, Technology||7|
It had to happen. Real-world scavenger hunts are now possible by apps. Credit belongs to SCVNGR, a Google-funded app that has been downloaded a half-million times since it was launched a mere 6 months ago.
Players can access Scvngr by text message on any cell phone or by downloading the app on an iPhone or an Android. Check-in, snap pics, and do challenges at major attractions. Find games at major attractions in more than 20 countries.
When you visit the zoo, open up the Scvngr app, and you'll see a list of challenges relevant to the zoo. Snap a photo for a few points. Solve a riddle about one of the animals for a higher score.
I've been playing Scvngr, and think it's lots of fun. A word of warning, though: When you're traveling abroad, you have to be very careful about data charges when roaming on a foreign cell phone network.
Have you tried Scvngr? If so, let us know what you think.
*This post was updated with a fresh example of Zoo game on Friday.
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