Remember the thrill of hearing your friends swear when they got hit by one of your remote bombs in Goldeneye? Now you can get the same feeling by unleashing virtual bombs â€” well, water bombs at least â€” on real foursquare players. City Warfare, the winner of the 2010 LocationWild competition, has been released as a public beta.
In City Warfare, your goal is to soak unsuspecting foursquare users checked in to the same venue as you â€” either now or at some point in the future. You start by shooting your water pistol at a random player, but use it wisely because it will take an hour to reload. Soaking a fellow foursquare player â€” whether they play City Warfare or not â€” nets you $100; soaking a civilian wins you $10.
You can use your cash in the store to buy a wide variety of water weaponry:
- Timed Water Balloons â€” You set these to go off from 1-48 hours in the future.
- Remote Water Balloons â€” Like the remote bombs of Goldeneye, you leave these water bombs in a venue and detonate them sometime later when people are checked in and you’re out of harm’s way. They’ll soak up to three people at once.
- Proximity Water Balloons â€” A foursquare terrorist’s dream; you specify the number of people who need to be checked into the venue before it’ll detonate. They’ll soak up to 5 people when they burst.
- Slow Leaks â€” These balloons are the most expensive because they leak water slowly onto other people. Over time they leak more and more slowly until they’re completely empty after four days.
- Surveillance Cameras â€” Use these to know how many people are currently checked in to a venue before you unleash a remote bomb.
To protect you from getting wet, you can purchase waterproof “armor.” Like a cheap Walmart poncho, it loses some effectiveness each time it gets used. You can also sweep a location for waterbombs and attempt to diffuse them.
What happens when you get wet? Well, nothing right now. City Warfare was built in a week as part of the LocationWild competition and is still being actively developed by Tom Fletcher. You’ll probably encounter a few bugs while playing (I noticed them especially during the OAuth dance with foursquare, just try again and it should go through).
The biggest drawback to the game is that (for now, at least) it’s completely text based, without any graphics whatsoever. You play it by visiting the City Warfare site in your mobile browser after you check in to a venue as you normally would. Unlike similar game Kingpin there’s no graphically-rich app and no way to check in to a venue as part of the gameplay. What City Warfare lacks in graphics, though, it makes up for in game mechanics, even at this early stage of development (I have yet to actually kill anyone in Kingpin despite numerous attempts).
On the FAQ page Fletcher says “there will be many more weapons, features, leaderboards, and graphics in the future.” There may also be a dedicated iPhone and/or Android app.
Give City Warfare a try and let us know what you think. Does a game like this need graphics to be enjoyable?
/photo CC-licensed by Andy Morris via Flickr