World Uncovered for iOS Gamifies World Travel
Anawiki Games has released World Uncovered for iOS devices, a new app that’s part game, part travel companion.
It’s a simple concept with the potential to go far: A “gamified” world map which tracks the user’s travels and rewards them for visiting new places. When the app is first installed, the map is completely covered up. By traveling around – whether on foot or by road, sea or air – the user begins to uncover the map. They score points in the process, which they can add to through various types of achievements, including visiting famous landmarks. Those scores can then be shared through social media and with friends, creating friendly competition to encourage users to switch up their routines and see more of the world.
World Uncovered allows users to display their map in one of four modes. The first and most basic is “Uncovered,” which simply shows the map with visited locations uncovered. The other three employ color-coding to enhance the experience: Height uses a color gradient to display topographical information; Speed mode shows different-colored tracks depending on how fast the user was traveling; and Routes changes the color of paths as the user retraces their steps, providing a map of daily routines and favorite destinations.
World Uncovered knows the locations of over 120 of the world’s greatest landmarks, and keeps your checklist updated automatically whenever users visit one. The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Machu Picchu, the Golden Gate Bridge, Great Pyramids, Westerplatte, the Burj Khalifa, the Colosseum, Sagrada Familia, Petronas Towers and many more sights await users.
World Uncovered 1.0 is free to download and use for the first 270 miles/500 kilometers of travel, and available through the App Store. Unlimited use is a one-time unlock for $1.99 during the launch promotional period.