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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.

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Primary: Entertainment

Secondary: Books

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Version History

Launched May 03, 2013 (over 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 11 months, on average.

Jan 18
Version 1.5

Version 1.5 fixes minor bugs and simplifies sharing

Mar 13
Version 1.4

Fixed photo functionality along with other minor bugs

Jul 11
Version 1.3

Various bug fixes

Sep 16
Version 1.2

- Easily sort through My Scavenges with new personalized views
- Post your scavenges to Instagram and Tumblr
- Faster navigation! Scroll through logbook pages by swiping left to right

Jun 24
Version 1.1

- bug fixes
- includes "move the pin" function for location markers

May 03
Version 1.0

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