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Location Based

Location-based games and mobile are a great fit since smartphones usually have a GPS built in and people take their phones around everywhere. Why not work that into a game, right?

Israel-based developer GreenShpits recently released its own location-based/augmented reality game for Windows Phone 8 called Mossad as part of the AppCampus program. The word “Mossad” means “Institute” in Hebrew and is used to refer to the Israeli equivalent of the CIA. Mossad allows players to travel around playing spy and acting out their own missions, but some major bugs cut into the fun.

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Remember the location-based social interaction game Torchbear? The creators of Torchbear, Lighthouse Games Studio, are back within another location-based game – this time exclusively for Windows Phone 8. Their new title Greed City combines the property and wealth acquisition elements of Monopoly with the real-world location and GPS elements of Four Square. It’s much more game-like than Torchbear and costs nothing to download, so Windows Phone 8 users should definitely give it a look.

We've got a quick-start guide and more impressons to share, so read on!

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Windows Phone Game Review: QONQR

QONQR (pronounced conquer) is a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game for your Windows Phone that is location based. You find yourself in the middle of a battle between the Legion, the Swarm and the Faceless factions.

The storyline goes that a power artificial intelligence known as QONQR has emerged and propagated itself throughout your world. Those who first detected the presence of QONQR have argued fiercely over its intentions. They have split into viciously rival factions, each battling for control of the world and its resources. As you start QONQR you'll have to side with one of the three factions. From there you'll jump right into the battle.

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Around Here - App Spotlight

Around Here is a location based search app for Windows Phone 7. With the Windows Phone app you can quickly discover restaurants, bars, parking, gas and more around you. It was developed with one thing in mind, getting you where you need to go fast.

Around Here automatically returns results by quickly identifying your current location using GPS and then provides you with the closest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Parking, Pharmacy, Pub, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre or Taxi.

In one click Around Here will give you information on the business along with distances from where you are! From the map view you can call the business and get turn by turn directions. In just tinkering with Around Here for a few seconds, it looks like a nice travel companion for your Windows Phone.

You can download your free copy of Around Here here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Poynt - Review

Poynt is another location based search tool for your Windows Phone. Like Yelp! and Places, the Windows Phone 7 application uses your current location as a point of reference. You have the option to search by keyword or by category.

Categories include Businesses, People, Restuarants, Movies and Gas. Regardless of your method of searching, the results Poynt generates will be within an established search radius (can be set in the apps Settings Menu).  As bonuses, Poynt has your current location's weather conditions on the main page and the main page's graphics reflects the time of day at your location.

To see how well Poynt performed and how it compared to other location based search apps, ease on past the break.

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