SNAPCHAT has an Easter Egg hunt where you have to track down virtual eggs in the real world – using the app.
It’s called the Great Snapchat Egg Hunt, and makes use of the location-tracking Snap Map feature.
Snapchat Snapchat has hidden eggs all over the UK, which you can collect
The game appears to be a riff on Pokémon Go-style games, where you make use of the phone’s camera to physically collect items – in this case, an egg.
Simply go into the Snap Map section of your app and you’ll see decorated eggs dotted around your local area.
These eggs will be “hidden” at public locations: coffee shops, shopping centres, airports and more.
“Just like the age-old game, Snapchatters must travel to the eggs’ physical location on the Snap Map in the real world to find them,” Snapchat explains.
Snapchat Snapchatters across the world will be competing to collect the higher number of eggs
Each egg awards one point, although there is a rare five-point golden egg hidden in the world too.
When you’re near the egg on the Snap Map, tap on it to open a 3D World Lens – which uses your rear-facing camera – to collect it.
If you’re near to a “chick” on the map, you can unlock a special “Mini-Game Lens” that gives you a chance to win anywhere from three to 10 points.
Your total score will be tallied in the upper-right corner of Snap Map, along with your global rank – and rank among friends.
There’s no “race” element because all Snapchatters have the opportunity to collect every egg on the Snap Map.
However, some Snapchatters will inevitably collect more eggs than others, so there will be a winner.
If you’re privacy-conscious and don’t want to use Snap Map, you can still play the game in Ghost Mode – buy your score will only be visible to you.
And as always, you can choose who you share your location with: friends, selected people, or no one at all.
The game is available to play right now.
Other AR games to download todayHere are some great augmented reality games for your iPad…
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade – this hugely popular 3D action game is set in the rich Warhammer universe, and has an AR mode that lets you bring the battle into the real world. (download)
AR Runner – This sports game is designed to boost your fitness. Your iPhone overlays running routes on the world around you, prompting you to sprint through checkpoints and beat timers. And you can even compete with other players globally. (download)
Euclidean Lands – A mind-bending puzzle game that requires shifting and rotating the world to solve. And there’s a great AR mode that lets you bring the puzzle into your living room. (download)
AR Dragon – A great choice for kids, AR Dragon is like a Tamagotchi from the future. Players hatch and care for their own virtual dragon pets, and can play with it at home, in the office or on the street with augmented reality. (download)
Laser Draw – This epic multiplayer game is like Pictionary but in augmented reality. Players draw images in mid-air, and your mates will see them on their own iPhones. It’s probably the most sci-fi game you can play at the pub. (download)
To find other augmented reality games, open the App Store, press the Games tab, and then scroll down to AR Games.
Snapchat games let you play with friends right in the app
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Snapchat has also seemingly inspired a new Facebook update that could let you “swipe through” your News Feed, instead of scrolling down.
The tech firm also admitted that age verification doesn’t work, and that it can’t enforce a ban on under 13s.
Perhaps more cheerfully, Snapchat recently unveiled a new Snap Games feature that lets you play live multiplayer games with pals.
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