Snatch is a fantastically addictive app that was launched late 2016.
“Snatch is a unique mobile gaming experience that uses the latest augmented reality (AR) and geo-location technologies to bridge the world of gaming with the real world, creating a virtual treasure hunt with real prizes (and cash) from some of the world’s coolest brands. This is the future of gaming, and this is your chance to join in.”
Updated February 2018.
Snatch is similar to Pokemon Go in that you can see items on a map and the idea is that you find them and collect them. With Snatch, the items are parcels rather than Pokemon.
So what’s in a parcel?
Each parcel contains a hidden prize.
The prizes can be a wide range of things:
- Flights – someone recently won 2 return flights to the USA.
- Cash – I’ve won £5 cash so far. Golden parcels are guaranteed to contain cash. Somebody won £250 this weekend!
- Coins – you need coins to defend yourself.
- Diamonds – save these up for big defense options.
- Now TV – I’ve won 2 months free Now TV entertainment package.
- Amazon vouchers.
- Money off online-purchases, days out, drinks, and much more!
How does it work?
Once you’ve registered (do so here if you haven’t already), you’ll see a map of your local area.
Click on any parcels you can see nearby. The one in the picture was a little too far away so I had to walk round the corner to get it. Once you’ve caught a parcel, you need to get it inside a box that pops up on your screen. This can be a little fiddly but I find that if I aim my phone slightly down and to the left then the parcel centralises. Click and the parcel should burst open.
Claiming your prizes
The aim of the game is to keep hold of your parcels for 6 hours without allowing anybody to “snatch” them from you. After 6 hours you can open your parcel and reveal your winnings.
I’ve won lots of coins so far but had two decent wins of £5 cash and two months Now TV pass. I’ve not had much time to play the app in all honesty over the last few months since the update but these are a few of my recent wins.
Other people around you will be competing to keep hold of boxes. Whenever there’s anyone with a parcel nearby, the little symbol at the bottom left of the screen (the one with three heads on) will flash green. Once you click on that, you can select another player to snatch from. If they don’t defend themselves within a couple of minutes then the box is yours to keep. You’ll have to keep hold of it for the remainder of the six hours (the countdown begins when the parcel is first found) to see what you’ve won!
Defending your parcels
You’ll want to allow notifications so that you get a warning when somebody is trying to snatch one of your parcels. Whilst you’re under attack, you have two options – dodge, or skedaddle. Dodge just stops them for a few seconds which then allows you to deploy a longer method of defense. I tend to use skedaddle when I’m under attack which gives you 15 minutes of protection.
If you know you’re going to be unable to defend for a while, you can deploy one of the longer defenses:
- Guard dog – protects you for 6 hours, however it’s not foolproof so you may find some parcels still get stolen.
- Hideout – 1 hour of protection as long as you don’t move more than 200 metres from where you deployed it.
- Invisibility glove – 1 hour of protection.
- Emergency battery – only available if your battery is less than 20% charged. Lasts 30 minutes.
I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with Snatch! Please let me know in the comments below x