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Friday, January 24, 2014

MUNZEE - Because I need ANOTHER obsession!





By: Smithie23, Just what I need, another obsession!



I enjoy listening to podcasts, specifically, podcasts related to geocaching.  They’re a great way to pass the time on my ninety minute drives to work, and I get to keep up with what’s going on with our game/sport, both here in the states and around the world.  One of these podcasts recently devoted its show to a new game called Munzee.
Munzee, billed as “a 21st Century Scavenger Hunt”  is a high-tech game, played with a smartphone, where players seek out and find cards, called Munzees, which contain a QR code.  The player scans the code, using their phone, and their find is automatically recorded as a capture.  No need for a GPS, fumbling with coordinates and the like, it’s all in the smartphone.
After hearing the host talk up this game for an hour, I was stoked to try this game.  Sounds like another game for geeks-right up my alley!  Then, I heard the dreaded buzz kill phrase: the Munzee app is only available on the iPhone and Android platforms.  Me, and my Palm Pre are skunked again!  Thanks HP!  But wait, all hope is not lost.  My Pre (which has already been replaced once) is on the fritz, and may need to be replaced.  After much consultation with my wireless provider, it was determined I did need a new phone.  A representative at the store suggested that when I call, I request a phone from a list of comparable phones.  So my choices were another Pre (BOO!), a Blackberry Torch (soon to be dinosaur) and an HTC Hero.  Yes!  The Hero runs Android!  Time to get my Munzee on!

Now, as when I was new to geocaching two years ago, I started searching for Munzees nearest to home.  I was not surprised to see the lack of Munzees in the area.  The game is brand-spanking new, and it takes time for these things to catch on.  I was lucky to find a few Munzees close to home, and in no time, I made my first Munzee capture.

To say the strategy behind capturing a Munzee is similar to finding a geocache is a sever understatement.  It’s EXACTLY the same!  The major difference is the QR code.  It’s an instantaneous capture.  The app scans the Munzee, and when you line it up on your display correctly, the rest is done for you.  You don’t even need to press a button! Another feature which separates Munzee from geocaching is the points system.  Yes, for all you “it’s not about the numbers (but it really is)” geocachers out there, you earn points for captures. The points system is as follows:  five points for every Munzee you capture, five points for every Munzee you deploy, and three points every time a Munzee you’ve deployed is captured by someone else.  I happened to find my first Munzee on a “double your points” weekend, where you earned twice as many points for a capture as normal.  Sweet!

I like playing Munzee.  It’s a nice compliment to geocaching.  I even found a Munzee in a geocache.  For me though, it will never replace geocaching.  There’s a lot to be said for making a cache find, and opening the container, never quite knowing what’s going to be in there.  Munzee, at least at the present time, is limited to those holding a smartphone with the before-mentioned operating systems.  This is going to limit the number of players, and hence, the number of potential Munzee captures available.
Check the game out at www.munzee.com.  You can also download the Munzee app, free of charge, from the iPhone App Store or Android Market.


4 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

We found a Munzee near another geocache and had no idea what to do with it. I'll go check out the app now. Thanks for the explanation.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Thanks Smithie, now downloaded the app on my Zoom tablet and Andriod phone, also noted a couple in the area so must give it a try. Thanks.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Munzee is pretty cool! I have done a few and when I find one in a cache I zap it. It's neat to see your points go up automatically. Sometimes they put specials up on the map that you gain mystery points from! It could be 5 or 50, ya just never know. I think it's up and coming. Can you say MunzeeMania.Com

AForestFrolic said...

Great...another treasure hunt to obsess over ;) ;) Kiddin, thanks for the info! I'm off to download that app and see what's in my area.

Jamie :)

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