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Turning Life Into A Game

Published 04/17/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for? is an application that makes connecting users to locations fun. It's one of the only online games that motivates its players to get out into the world. describes itself as a geo-location game, one that sorts destinations into territories and turns it into a strategic game between a user and their circle of friends. synchronizes with applications such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook. The developers of Oust.met are looking to synchronize their application with other geo location applications in the near-future. The intent of is for its players to have fun. The team understands that locations can be fun tokens for players to engage with, and the location owners understand that it can lead to new and exciting visitors coming through their doors. In addition, is independent from its user's social networks, so players can engage into the game without interfering with their social circle. All in all, takes the places that people visit and can transform them into an exciting and competitive game. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

As of March 2012, has hosted over 2 million"check-ins" at over 500,000 different venues. The teams claims that "The idea (for was born in Zagorje, Slovenia on the fourth of November, 2010. It all began with the paramount question: who will own the Bus Station Burek place? And the rest is history!"

What are the differences to other apps? is a fun game that integrates the places that people visit into a strategic online game. It is a unique premise and one of the few online games that encourages its players to get outside in the "real world." The game is relatively simply, but can become a bit addictive among friends who travel around quite a bit.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The game is engaging and fun to play. Automatically the last 30 days-worth of locations will be credited to new players' accounts. The game uses familiar maps and it's easy to see the locations and the territories of the challengers.

How does the registration process work?

Players can sign into by syncing their Facebook, Gowalla or their Foursquare account. Upon authorizing the application through these other applications, a player can begin competing in the challenges.

What does it cost to use the application? is free. The site even announces on its homepage that- "We give you our word - playing is absolutely free!"

Who would you recommend the application to? is a fun and engaging game that can be particularly fun for groups of friends who travel in the same circles and who enjoy a friendly challenge that they can compete in while getting out and about as they normally do. It's not the typical game that requires hours of playtime in order to comprehend or master. Instead, is a competition that people can do while going about their normal business.

  • locations are the ones from a user's Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook account
  • "Ousters" can create territories based on these locations
  • Players can plan their strategy to grow their territories or oust the competition
  • is an online game that gets its players outside video

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