“Are We There Yet?” is an educational game which tasks users with finding the locations of cities across the globe. The game makes use of the accelerometer and rotational vector sensors on android phones, allowing the user to control the game completely via movement and rotation. We used the Google Maps API as our mapping engine. This provides a powerful framework already in place without taking up too much memory, which was the problem with earlier versions of the game using our own map image.
The aim of the game is to navigate an icon representing the player within a circle around the destination city. The user can tilt the phone forwards and backwards to control the speed of the icon. The direction of motion is determined by the direction the player is pointing the phone. For instance, if the phone is pointed north, the direction of motion will be in the north-south vector. Upon finding the destination city, the destination will be updated randomly from a list within a text file.
During the creation of the project, Google and Nintendo teamed up to create a similar Google Maps-based game for Android devices, using the popular Pokémon franchise. 150 Pokémon were hidden throughout the map and the player had to navigate around the world to find them. (Statt 2014)