A new augmented reality mobile game from Redmond, Wash.-based 9Logic Technologies could have users — and those who witness them staring at their phones — recalling the “Pokèmon Go” craze of last summer.
“Captain Blimey” is a free, pirate-themed game where players can participate in treasure hunts by unlocking clues. There are numerous hunts available, depending on a player’s location, and cash prizes are awarded.
To celebrate the launch of the game in the Seattle area, founders Srikant Vemparala, Mike Snow and Pradeep Kanneganti are organizing a massive treasure hunt this Saturday at 11 a.m. The event is being billed as Seattle’s “largest ever digital treasure hunt” and will encompass six of the city’s neighborhoods: Ballard, Capitol Hill, Green Lake, Queen Anne, South Lake Union and West Seattle.
The winners from each neighborhood hunt will be able to select a $500 gift card to a retailer or restaurant embedded into the game such as Amazon, Nordstrom, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and Target, according to a news release.
Much like with “Pokèmon Go” and the hysteria that followed that game’s release, the folks behind “Captain Blimey” are touting the benefits of getting people off the couch and out of the house for their gaming enjoyment.
“’Captain Blimey’ motivates players to move and be active through its competitive game rewards such as cash prizes or gift cards,” Vemparala said in the news release. “In designing the game, we solved the problem of geographic barriers in treasure hunts. Friends from Seattle to New York City can play together, whether working together to solve a treasure hunt or indulging in a friendly competition.”
The game has also attracted the attention of Kevin Harrington, an original “shark” on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Harrington said that as a successful entrepreneur, he is “keen to identify and capitalize on the trends illuminating mobile gaming’s role in technology and social engagement online.” He expects its AR component will boost its popularity.
The game is recommended for players 6 years of age and up. And, hey, the developers don’t want you to trespass or play while driving — and watch your step!
Check out this video tutorial for how to play the game: