I've never been to the Statue of Liberty, I've only stopped by the Empire State building once, for an interview, and, I continue to avoid Times Square like the plague – too touristy. But even the girl that grew up with the city of New York in her backyard can learn a thing or two about it's streets.
New York: the Game is a new kind of sightseeing tour for visitors and locals alike. It's set up like a scavenger hunt with a series of tours organized by neighborhood. With just the click of a button (quite literally, it's played by your cellphone) players can spend a day (or night) expanding their NYC trivia knowledge and visiting the places that even the guidebooks miss. All at their own pace.
Scavenger hunt tours start at $10 and can be purchased on the New York: the Game site. Once activated on your phone with a code you receive by email, the excitement begins.
From Wall Street to the MET, each of the 10 game zone takes about 2-3 hours to play with special appeal for shopaholics, architecture nerds, night owls, and history buffs, amongst others. And with each correct response to the prompt, you receive points. The competitive thrill is infectious.
Here's an example:
Clue: “The man on your $10 bill is buried in a cemetery nearby. Find his gravestone and send in the year he was shot and killed in a duel.”
Answer: 1804 (You find Alexander Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church and send in 1804, the year Aaron Burr shot and killed him).
Response Message: “Correct. Alexander Hamilton was the first US Secretary of the Treasury, and founded the New York Post, which is still published today.”
It is, but I promise in the best of ways; I played the Chinatown game this past weekend.
It is, but not too much so. If you're stumped, you can always ask for a hint. My friends and I had an absolute blast touring major landmarks and hidden gems around Canal Street. And now, we've got a whole new set of fun facts plus a few silly photos.
Come visit, and let the next New York: the Game, begin…