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GPS Fishtrap - Help

This is a slightly more detailed version of the Help text that's available through the game via the handset.

1. Getting Started

Game Goal

How to Play

Where to Play

Where the Fish Are

Levels

Starting the Game

2. The Market

Selling Fish

Monitoring Prices

3. The Boat

GPS Sonar

Finding Fish

Using Traps

Trapping Times

GPS Light

Alert Light

Bait Meter

Full-Screen View

High-Visibility Mode

Rotating GPS Sonar

 

4. The Chart

Chart Scale

Chart Key

Scrolling

Rotating

5. Making Purchases

Traps

Bait

Hired Hand

Trap Upgrades

Treasure Maps

Boat Upgrades

6. Equipment Settings

Auto-Bait

Long-Range Scan

Directional Whiskers

Full-Color Display

Treasure Alert

Full Trap Alarm

Fish Finder

Full Trap Blinker

7. Game Settings

Battery Saver

Sound

Vibrate

Tips

Move Game

Start New Game

8. Game Status

Player Status

Boat Status

Trap Status

9. Scoreboard

Player ID

Ranking

GETTING STARTED


GAME GOAL

Get rich collecting exotic fish from real-world locations:

  • Deploy and pull fish traps as you walk your usual routes.
  • Monitor the market and sell when prices are high.
  • Earn equipment as you advance from Laborer to Tycoon.
  • Invest wisely to expand your operations.
  • If you dare, buy treasure maps that lead to riches and adventure.

HOW TO PLAY

Add a little fun to your everyday walking routine.

Your cell phone handset displays the game world, a "sea" of 2,500 fishing regions laid out over 1 square mile of the physical world around you.

You navigate the game world by walking through the real world. As you walk, your handset uses GPS satellite signals to track your position; the game uses this data to move your boat through the virtual sea.

You decide

  • When and where to deploy traps. Later, you return to your traps to collect the fish.
  • When to sell your collected fish to make money. Prices change dramatically, and are updated every six hours. Monitoring the market and selling when prices are high can significantly increase your profits.
  • Whether to expand your business operations by buying more and/or larger traps, a larger boat, a hired hand, or treasure maps.

WHERE TO PLAY

This game is designed for pedestrians.

  • To protect your own safety and that of bystanders, play in areas designed for pedestrian use. Avoid traffic, uneven ground, low overhangs, and other hazards.
  • To maintain good GPS signal strength, play in outdoor locations with plenty of open sky. Avoid trees, tall buildings, and covered walkways.
  • To ensure access to valuable fish, play in areas with plenty of room to maneuver.

WHERE THE FISH ARE

There are more than 150,000 fish in the sea.

At the beginning of the game, 75% of fishing regions have fish schools. The sea hosts an equal number of high-, medium-, and low-value schools, all the same physical size. However, lower-value fish form higher-population schools, so the sea holds more cheap fish than expensive.

Trapping reduces the local fish population, and fished regions eventually become depleted. Lower-population schools are depleted more quickly than higher-population schools. Fortunately, the sea is repopulated and the schools are redistributed each month.

LEVELS

The game has seven levels. Each level brings cool new equipment and new opportunities to expand your operations:

Level Title Threshold Equipment Purchases
1 Laborer N/A Auto-Bait
Long-Range Scan
Directional Whiskers
None
2 Crew Chief Pull 10 traps with fish Full-Color Display Traps
Bait
3 Boss Pull 15 full traps Treasure Alert Hired Hand
4 Director $8,000 in the bank Full Trap Alarm Trap Upgrades
5 Merchant $100,000 in the bank Fish Finder

 

Treasure Maps
6 Nabob $300,000 in the bank Full Trap Blinker Boat Upgrades
7 Tycoon $1 million in the bank N/A N/A

 

STARTING THE GAME

1. Walk to a place with plenty of open sky, near the center of your intended play area.

2. Go to the Boat and start GPS Sonar.

3. When GPS Sonar is on, begin walking on the route you prefer.

4. When the crosshairs are over a fish school, press the (DOWN) button to deploy a trap.

5. In a few hours, return to your traps and collect the fish from them by pressing the (UP) button.

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THE MARKET
 

SELLING FISH

To sell fish, select a species and press the handset's (OK) button. You can specify how many fish to sell.

MONITORING PRICES

Current prices for all three fish species are shown under the "$Each" column. Prices change dramatically over time. Prices are updated four times per day (every six hours):

  • Midnight
  • 6:00AM
  • Noon
  • 6:00PM

The graph in the lower portion of the Market screen shows recent price trends for the currently selected species.

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THE BOAT
 

GPS SONAR

GPS Sonar shows the following objects:

  • Moving blips: Fish
  • Yellow squares: Traps
  • Crosshair: Player
  • Circle: Trap pull range

FINDING FISH

All fish live in schools, which are visible in GPS Sonar. The most valuable fish live in small schools. Cheaper fish live in larger schools. However, traps deployed in larger schools fill faster than those deployed in smaller schools.

USING TRAPS

Traps can be used to capture fish and to collect gold coins and treasures.

  • To deploy a trap, walk to a fish school and press the handset's (DOWN) key.
  • To pull a trap, walk to it and press the (UP) key.

Deployed traps appear as yellow squares.

TRAPPING TIMES

Fish population and use of bait affect trapping times:

 

Time required to capture one fish:

Population level:

With bait Without bait
Low 4.5 9.0
Medium 1.5 3.0
High 0.5 1.5


GPS LIGHT

The GPS Light indicates signal strength:

  • Green: Excellent
  • Yellow: Good
  • Red: Poor
  • Black: Off

ALERT LIGHT

The Alert Light is used by two equipment enhancements.

  1. Treasure Alert - Yellow blinking Alert Light indicates that your boat is in a fishing region that contains gold coins or a treasure chest.
  2. Fish Finder - Red, blue, or green Alert Light indicates that your boat is over a school of school of ruby clowns (red), sapphire tangs (blue), or emerald triggers (green).

BAIT METER

The BAIT meter shows how much bait is stowed on your boat. If auto-bait is on, the bait meter displays in color. If auto-bait is off, it displays in gray.  The bait meter reads "full" whenever you have 50+ lb. of bait.

FULL-SCREEN VIEW

To view GPS Sonar in full-screen view, press the (3) key. Press the (3) key again to restore normal view.

HIGH-VISIBILITY MODE

High-visibility mode makes GPS Sonar more visible when playing in bright sunlight. To toggle high-visibility on and off, press the (4) key.

ROTATING GPS SONAR

By default, the top of the GPS Sonar screen is north (like a map). To rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left, press the (7) key. To rotate to the right, press the (9) key.

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THE CHART
 

CHART SCALE

The chart scrolls to show the entire game space. White gridlines divide the chart into subsections, each containing 25 fishing regions (arranged 5 x 5).

CHART KEY

The chart shows the following items:

Black Square Boat (player's current position)
White lines Walking route (player's previous positions)
Yellow Square Trap deployed in a school of unknown species
Green Square Trap deployed in a school of Emerald Triggers
Blue Square Trap deployed in a school of Sapphire Tangs
Red Square Trap deployed in a school of Ruby Clowns
X Treasure


SCROLLING

The chart scrolls automatically as you walk. To scroll the chart manually, press the following keys on your cell phone handset:

  • Up: (2)
  • Left: (4)
  • Right: (6)
  • Down: (8)

ROTATING THE CHART

By default, the top of the Chart is north (like a map). To rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left, press the (7) key. To rotate to the right, press the (9) key.

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MAKING PURCHASES


TRAPS

A Crew Chief (or higher) can buy traps. Higher levels can buy larger traps.

TRAP SIZE & PRICE

  • Small (holds 6 fish): $1,000
  • Medium (holds 12 fish): $2,000
  • Large (holds 15 fish): $3,000

BAIT

A Crew Chief (or higher) can buy a 50 lb. bag of bait for $1000.

Bait is optional, but causes traps to fill twice as fast. Larger traps use more bait than smaller traps. Per deployment:

  • Small trap uses 1 lb. bait
  • Medium trap uses 2 lb. bait
  • Large trap uses 3 lb. bait

HIRED HAND

A Boss (or higher) can hire a hand to:

  • Pull & stow traps
  • Pull & re-deploy traps (i.e., in their current locations)
  • Retrieve treasures

In payment, the hired hand keeps half the fish or treasure he collects.

TRAP UPGRADES

A Director (or higher) can upgrade to larger traps. An upgrade costs $1,000 for every trap you own (stowed or deployed). Once you have upgraded your traps, buying new traps will be more expensive.

TREASURE MAPS

A Merchant (or higher) can buy treasure maps for $10,000 each (6 max at one time). A treasure's location is indicated by an "X" in the CHART. Treasure maps expire after three days.

BOAT UPGRADES

A Nabob (or higher) can upgrade to a boat that holds more traps.

BOAT SIZE & PRICE

  • Small (holds 20 traps): N/A
  • Medium (holds 40 traps): $100,000
  • Large (holds 60 traps): $200,000

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EQUIPMENT SETTINGS
 

AUTO-BAIT On/Off

Automatically adds bait (if you have it) to each deployed trap. If auto-bait is on, the bait meter displays in color. If auto-bait is off, it displays in gray.

LONG-RANGE SCAN On/Off

In GPS Sonar, shows out-of-view traps as blips along the outer edge of the screen. The position of blips indicates the direction of traps.

DIRECTIONAL WHISKERS On/Off

In GPS Sonar, three "whisker" lines radiate outward from the central circle. Each whisker uses a different GPS calculation method to indicate your current direction of travel.

FULL-COLOR DISPLAY On/Off

Color codes GPS Sonar and the Chart to identify fish species in schools and traps. This equipment is earned at Crew Chief level.

TREASURE ALERT Sound/Vibrate/Both/Off

Provides an alarm and blinks the ALERT light (yellow) when your boat is over a treasure. To retrieve the treasure, deploy and pull a trap. This equipment is earned at Boss level.

FULL TRAP ALERT Sound/Vibrate/Both/Off

Provides an alarm when your boat is within pull range of a full trap. This equipment is earned at Director level.

FISH FINDER On/Off

Color-codes the ALERT light (green, blue, red) to identify fish species directly below your boat. This equipment is earned at Merchant level.

FULL TRAP BLINKER On/Off

Shows full traps as blinking icons in GPS Sonar and the Chart. This equipment is earned at Nabob level.

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GAME SETTINGS
 

BATTERY SAVER

ON = GPS Sonar turns off automatically after 2 minutes, unless you are in Boat or Chart.

OFF = GPS Sonar stays on until you turn it off.

Note: GPS Sonar always turns off automatically if your handset cannot contact the GPS satellites.

SOUND

Enables or disables all game-related sounds. By default, sound is off.

VIBRATE

Enables or disables all game-related vibrates.

TIPS

Enables or disables helpful gameplay tips.

MOVE GAME

Moves your game to a new real-world location. All deployed traps are "lost at sea" when the game moves. (Stowed traps are saved.)

START NEW GAME

Starts a new game. Empties your bank account and inventory, and returns you to Laborer level.

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GAME STATUS
 

PLAYER STATUS

The Player Status screen shows information about your current level and advancement to the next level.

BOAT STATUS

The Boat Status screen shows information about fish, traps, and bait currently on board.

TRAP STATUS

The Trap Status screen shows information about stowed and deployed traps.

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SCOREBOARD
 

PLAYER ID

In order to post and view scores, you must enter a player ID (numbers and/or letters) and your cell phone number, (10 numbers). Your phone number is used only for identification, and will not be posted or shared with anyone.

RANKINGS

Each time you go to the scoreboard, your score (i.e., your bank account balance) and level (e.g., Boss) are uploaded, and your rankings are calculated and downloaded. Two rankings are provided: your rank within the game as a whole, and your within your current level.

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