One of the many interesting things about PhotoCity is how involved it is with the real, physical world. When you are out there with your camera, you are playing the game, even if you have to wait until you get back to your computer to upload the photos and see the results. However, we want to bring the game to you, so that you can get the full experience on the go.
Thus, we present you with the PhotoCity iPhone app.
PhotoCity -- The game where you use your iPhone camera to take photos, capture flags, and build a 3D model of your school!
In PhotoCity, you are competing against fellow classmates AND other schools to earn points and capture flags for your team. Virtual flags are placed around specific buildings on your school, and if you take pictures in real life where these flags are located, you will aid in capturing that flag for your team. The pictures you take will combine with other players' photos to turn your 2D images into a rich 3D reconstruction. When you take a picture of something -- such as your school library -- and submit it, it will generate new 3D points, and YOU get credit for those points. When you and your teammates capture enough points at a flag, you capture it! When your have enough points at a building, you own the building!
It may also happen that you are not near any supported zones. If so, you can use the app to take a bunch of photos of a new building and start a new seed! This can be done anywhere, even in a whole new zone! Note that seeds take several hours to process, so you will not be able to play with your building right away.
As the game progresses, a richer and bigger 3D model of your campus GROWS out of a few starting models until your entire campus is reconstructed in 3D!
When you use this application, you will see a map of your school covered in flags. When you click on a flag, it will show you what the virtual model looks like, and show photos that other people have taken at that flag. If you are walking around campus near the flagged buildings, you will be able to take photos, submit them directly to a flag in-game, and see how many points you contributed to that flag.
Chat capabilities are also built into the app for you to use to communicate with your teammates, taunt the opposing teams, or discuss general strategies for taking the most effective photos.
These are some of the places playing PhotoCity right now: