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Best 3 Location Games on Android

Written by Izak Van Heerden

Video games used to involve sitting in one place looking at a screen with a joystick in hand. Today, playing can result in participants not only getting off of their couch but even leaving home to hit the pavement for hours, chasing prizes and otherwise accomplishing challenges while concurrently getting a workout in. As with anything that has taken off, the number of location based games has increased tremendously over the years. However, a few of them stand out, including one of the first that sparked this gaming revolution.

Pokemon Go

Best 3 Location Games on Android Pokemon Go


Any list of the best location games on iOS or Android would not be complete with Pokemon Go. This free-to-play game has been around since 2016 and is currently played in a wide variety of locales throughout the world. In fact, some are surprised that it is still as popular as it is as many games experience a skyrocketing interest level at the start that falls just as dramatically shortly thereafter. But that’s not been the case with Pokemon Go. Throughout the past few years, a billion people have downloaded it, and many still are.

Those who did get off of that bandwagon a few years ago and recently rejoined the craze have noticed a number of changes that have taken place between then and now. These include new generations of Pokemon, trading, raid bosses and friend lists. Another is Community Day, which was first held on Jan. 20, 2018. One Pokemon is featured exclusively for a short time, sparking a wild scramble for it. This has built anticipation, providing players with a specific day every month to look forward to.

What has caused Pokemon Go to continue to be so addictive is that it provides a nice balance of relaxed fun and intense action. Those who want to use it as a calming experience, combining getting exercise with playing the game, can. Conversely, highly competitive people can enjoy that type of experience if that’s what they’re looking for, partially by constantly comparing what they’ve done with others’ accomplishments.

Wizards Unite


Potterheads have their own free to play, location based game to play. In fact, many have called it Pokemon Go with a Harry Potter theme. It has garnered quite a fan base as Harry Potter fans love taking part in a game with the theme being something that they enjoy so much. The general premise is that you, as a wizard or as a witch, are doing your best to ensure that the magic world remains a secretive one and, in the process, are quickly securing magic items that have been disseminated by the Calamity.

   

One benefit that Wizards United has over Pokemon Go is that it encourages players to focus more intently on what’s going on, on taking in all of the details. This is done partly by the text that you are asked to read as you accomplish your goals. Fortunately, doing this helps make everything that you’re accomplishing make more sense. You get to see how interconnected your actions are with the entire Harry Potter universe.

One of the complaints that some do have with the game is that it’s generally not able to be played one-handed, which can lead to some awkward situations while playing a game that is supposed to be enjoyed while walking. Regardless, it is a lot of fun as it incorporates discovery, collecting, teamwork, exploration, battling and map reading. Many also enjoy focusing on making their way to becoming a more-developed wizard or witch and towards being a professor, magizoologist or auror.

Landlord Tycoon


Did you play the Monopoly board game when you were younger or perhaps even recently? Does the idea of becoming a business tycoon intrigue you? Then Landlord Tycoon might be just the location based game that you’re looking for. Although it has no direct connection with Monopoly, it is essentially what playing that would be like but out in the real word, and increasing numbers of players have gotten hooked on this intriguing game.

Its gaming world is immense as tens of millions of venues across the planet are available for purchase. Meanwhile, other players who end up checking into places that you have purchased must pay you virtual rent. Additionally, you can make a variety of upgrades to your many properties, similar to what can be done on the Monopoly board, and ultimately become one of the game’s greatest tycoons just like those with hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk are doing while playing that board game.

Of course, in the world of Landlord Tycoon, you are not limited to the same 22 properties. Instead, your choices are virtually limitless. And you can even try to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, which is something that George C. Parker, a famous con man from New York in the early part of the 20th century, attempted to sell. Or maybe that’s not the property that you’re looking for. Perhaps you’d rather secure the Golden Gate Bridge or the London Bridge or maybe your favorite team’s sports stadium or a premier arts venue.

Cover Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

About the author

Izak Van Heerden

Izak has witnessed a couple of decades worth of changing tech. He hopes to make it a couple more until his conscience can be copied to a cyborg body.

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