If you're not familiar with Geocaching, it's an activity many participate in to locate and find hidden geocaches (containers), which may contain an item and logs to jot down names when found. The treasure hunt can take the individual (or group) through a trail to locate the hidden cache, but that's part of the fun, utilising clues and location-based features to reach the goal. We've covered a few geocaching apps for Windows Phone, but there's another worth noting, called xatcher.
The app itself is well designed and enables one to dive right in with little time wasted hunting through menus and optional screens. Integration with the Geocaching.com (www.geocaching.com) service is present, requiring users to have an account for access (can be created within the app). For more features and access, Geocaching does require users to upgrade to a premium account, but basic access should be suffice for those who aren't out on the train on a constant basis.
Here's a list of features that are available in xatcher:
- Strict Metro design
- Fast, fluent and intuitive GUI
- Support for both light and dark theme
- Offline maps
- Fully functional navigation even without data connection (with saved offline caches)
- Log writing possible in offline (will be sent to server once you reconnect back)
- More advanced functionality will be implementd on demand
Compass support is standard, as well as maps. Multiple types of caches are listed, populated with relevant information, including difficulty, distance, terrain and more. Logs and galleries can be viewed within xatcher, with photos highlighted on the main screen that were added by the Windows Phone owner. Should you truly get stuck, hints are also available.
There is an app released by Geocaching.com for Windows Phone, but xatching is a worthy alternative should you experience issues with the main offering. You can download xatcher for $1.99 from the Windows Phone Store. Thanks, Petr, for the tip!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.