I had so much fun with Cache•man-orama that I couldn't resist doing another retro style game. This time I did one of my all time favorite games. When we got our first Atari in 1981 this game was included in the package and I couldn't get enough of it. I've spent a lot of sleepless nights trying to get the program "just right" so I really hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions, comments, or problems with it please feel free to email me. As always, it's a work in progress so if you think of something that should be included, let me know.
Since it was just Geocaching's birthday, I figured I'd throw in some "Fun Facts" about Geocaching...Trust me, you'll need to know it . This aien't your everyday Atari version of this game...
On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was placed at N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800 by Dave Ulmer containing a Delorme Topo USA, 2 CD Roms, a cassette recorder, a "George of the Jungle" VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, 4 $1 bills, a slingshot handle and a pretty notorious can of beans (now the O.C.B. trackable). The coordinates were then listed on the internet and modern-day geocaching was born. The first finder of that first cache was Mike Teague who took the money and left some cigarettes, a cassette tape and a pen. Geocaching, first coined by Matt Stum on the "The Great American GPS Stash Hunt!" mailing list on May 30, 2000, was the joining of two familiar words. The prefix geo, for Earth, was used to describe the global nature of the activity, but also for its use in familiar topics in gps such as geography. Caching, from the word cache, has two different meanings, which makes it very appropriate for the activity. A french word invented in 1797, the original definition referred to a hiding place someone would use to temporarily store items. The word cache stirs up visions of pioneers, gold miners, and even pirates. Today the word is still even used in the news to describe hidden weapons locations. The second use of cache has more recently been used in technology. Memory cache is computer storage that is used to quickly retrieve frequently used information. Your web browser, for example, stores images on disk so you don't have to retrieve the same image every time you visit similar pages. The combination of Earth, hiding, and technology made geocaching an excellent term for the activity. However the "GPS Stash Hunt" was the original and most widely used term until Mike Teague passed the torch to Jeremy Irish in September 2000.
For a more detailed geocaching history and a timeline click here and to see a replica of the original GPS Stash Hunt page click here
A Note on Compatibility: I have tested this game on all major browsers on the Mac and PC as well as on iOS. It works on Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, and Internet Explorer (IE is missing some features like audio). While this game was not designed or developed supporting iOS it just kinda came about in the process. There are a few small glitches with it, especially on the iPhone. To run the game better on an iOS device I would recommend saving it as a bookmark on your home screen (called a webapp) and launch the game from there. This will hide the address bar making the display large enough for you to play. However, it's not perfect. It works much better on the iPad than the iPhone. You may experience a few audio glitches here and there as well.
I don't have access to an Android device so I'm not sure how it will work, please let me know your experience if you try it.