The Pocket Scavenger by Penguin Group USA (Universal)
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Released: May 7, 2013
Version: 1.5
Size: 15 MB
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The Pocket Scavenger

Penguin Group USA
From the creators of Wreck This App and This Is Not an App comes an award-winning app experience that encourages you to use your phone or tablet to actually interact more with the world around you. With The Pocket Scavenger app, you’ll be asked to find and photograph a spectrum of quirky items: something that is miniature, a stain that is green, something from the year you were born, a used envelope, and more.

Once your quarry is in sight, you can choose an alteration dictated solely by chance: create a funny character, add a family member, photograph it at night, make it “pretty,” and so on. After completing a scavenge, you can upload it to the map and see what scavenges are going on around you. You can also share your scavenges on social media before embarking on a new hunt.

By incorporating chance into creativity, you’ll be forced out of habitual ways of thinking or acting, discover new connections, and interact with the world around you in ways you might not have imagined before. Apartment Therapy says The Pocket Scavenger “…is onto something that other app-makers have been trying to get at for a long time: the element of serendipity and spontaneity in our social media experiences… an app that attempts to bridge the divide between our mobile devices, our muses, and objects directly in front of us.” The app is “…designed to make you stop and look around you, and maybe even see the potential beauty in the most ordinary of objects,” as recommended by Games Fiend.

The Pocket Scavenger app won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Best Adult Non-Fiction App.

NOTE: In order to place your scavenges on the map for Fellow Scavengers to see, you will need to be signed in to Twitter.

What's new in version 1.5
Version 1.5 fixes minor bugs and simplifies sharing
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Ok
  • ➜ The Pocket Scavenger is a good, 3-star app.
  • ➜ It is currently 40% off its regular price.
  • ➜ The app is also at the lowest price we've seen.
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