42 Fun iPhone Apps That Use The Foursquare API

Those of us with smartphones (and I’m guessing that’s most of us here) likely know and use Foursquare on a daily basis, checking and following our friends to see where they check in. With mayorships, Foursquare has sort of “gamified” real life, challenging users to get out of the house and become more socially active.

But what you may not be aware of is the scores of mobile apps out there that utilize the Foursquare API. Perhaps more than any other API, Foursquare has been creatively incorporated into apps of all types — photography, games, crowdsourcing, shopping deals and more. How much more? Well grab some popcorn, because here comes a metric ton of fun (and mostly free) Foursquare enabled apps.

Social Apps

Mayor Maker

Mayor Maker is a novel attempt at streamlining the path to location Mayor. The idea behind the app is that you can automate check-ins and check-outs using the apps geofencing data, ensuring that you never miss a check-in.

Price: Free
Developer: Location-Labs
Download: App Store

Sonar

Sonar is a social networking app that is meant to put you face to face with networking contacts that might be near you. Fill out your profile and then size up the other users in the room so you know exactly what to say when you finally work up the stones to say “Hello.”

Price: Free
Developer: Sonar Media
Download: App Store

Remember Me

Much like Sonar, Remember Me can help you stay professional with your professional contacts. You met Jerry in Accounting last week at the Hardees during your lunch hour. He told you which football team he was cheering for this week, and also let you know about some layoffs in the warehouse. Past You knew that Future You would forget, so he used Remember Me to inform you of the conversation that slipped your mind.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Edward Holets
Download: App Store

Foreca.st

Foreca.st is an app for planning ahead. By using a kind of pre-emptive check-in, your friend will know where you’re going and when you’re showing up. That way they won’t have to sit at the bar by themselves and entertain that crazy old man while they wait for you to arrive.

Price: Free
Developer: Hurricane Party, Inc.
Download: App Store

Mimble

Mimble is a neat little app that determines the most efficient place for you and a friend of your choosing to meet. By splitting the difference between your locations, Mimble finds the best path for you and your friend to “meet in the middle.” Get it?

Price: Free
Developer: Mimble, Inc.
Download: App Store

Shoudio

By simply reading the name “Shoudio,” you can probably guess at least the basic functionality of this app. Record soundbytes, see where you recorded them on a map via Foursquare, share with Twitter and Facebook. Sounds like par for the course. What really blew my mind about Shoudio, however, is that the recordings are location bound. Wander around and check Shoudio for nearby recordings and see what people recorded and where. WARNING: potentially creepy.

Price: Free
Developer: Open & Sociaal
Download: App Store

PigeonMe

PigeonMe is a neat take on group messaging and coordination. The premise is that you want to invite some friends to hang out wherever you are, be it a restaurant or your apartment, so you send a carrier pigeon with a message. When they check their phone, they’ll see that they’ve received your pigeon, and will be immediately shown a map with a route to you. Furthermore, as the original pigeon dispatcher, you’ll be able to watch your friends move toward you on the map, planning for just the right moment when they arrive.

Price: Free
Developer: Sticky Projects, LLC
Download: App Store

Locages

Locages is one of the most straightforward apps on this list. Log in with your Foursquare account, and join a local chat with other people nearby.

Price: Free
Developer: Online In4mation GmbH
Download: App Store

Crowdspottr

Crowdspottr aggregates all of your Facebook events and your friends’ Foursquare check-ins so you know where to be and when to be there. Find out what your friends are doing and don’t miss anything.

Price: Free
Developer: Pangalaktik Media
Download: App Store

Crowdsourcing Data Apps

Localmind

Localmind is a crowdsourced question database. Link Localmind with Foursquare and checking-in will allow other users to ask you questions about your current venue. Ask or be asked questions like, “Is it crowded?” or “Who is the live band tonight?”

Price: Free
Developer: Localmind, Corp.
Download: App Store

Threepins

Threepins crowdsources virtual “pinboards,” allowing you to share and discover places by category, such as your favorite coffee shops, or a series of antique stores you plan on visiting.

Price: Free
Developer: Threepins
Download: App Store

Loqly

Loqly is quite similer to Localmind in that you can ask the userbase for advice on places and services in your local area. Additionally, Loqly also provides Yelp reviews and Foursquare tips from with the app.

Price: Free
Developer: Loqly, Inc.
Download: App Store

Crowdbeacon

Yet another crowdsourced advice app, Crowdbeacon gives you the unique advantage of knowing that you’re connecting with business owners and local experts when consulting the hive mind.

Price: Free
Developer: Crowdbeacon
Download: App Store

LocalScope

LocalScope is probably my favorite out of the local information breed of apps. LocalScope polls several popular services from social media to search engines, and not only gives you basic information and location of those places on a map (and camera view), but also puts the ability to get in contact with those venues almost instantaneously.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Cynapse
Download: App Store

4sq Lost and Found

Lost and Found is a unique app that you can consult if you are 1, an avid Foursquare check-inner, and 2, recently lost something. Open Lost and Found and list your lost item as “Lost,” then the app will consult a database of “Found” items to see if yours matches a description. Likewise, if you find something in a public place, be a gentleman (or lady) and post it as found on this app.

Price: Free
Developer: Angibabez
Download: App Store

Games

FoursqWAR

Download the free FoursqWAR app to your phone and assume the role of a military tactician. FoursqWAR uses location awareness to make the real world your battleground as you fight other players to gain turf. Compete against others or complete missions to gain achievement points.

Price: Free
Developer: Project Zebra Ltd.
Download: App Store

Kingpin

Kingpin is essentially just a Foursquare client with a bit of a twist. In the same way that Pirate Speak affects the language on your Facebook page, Kingpin lets you check-in and work your way up to Boss (Mayor), which may not be a title the current owner gives up without a fight.

Price: Free
Developer: Phodder
Download: App Store

Mobzombies: The First Wave

Mobzombies is a location based game in which your enemies (or saviors) are generated in-game according to human activity around you (via Foursquare). A busy restaurant might cause a zombie horde to attack, whereas another player connected to Foursquare might be able to help.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Nodesnoop LLC
Download: App Store

Capture The Flag

Capture The Flag is an augmented reality app for the iPhone that isn’t exactly a game itself, but rather facilitates a real life game of capture the flag. Unlike traditional capture the flag, however, each player is tracked via GPS, and flag status and base location are marked on your device before play begins.

Price: Free
Developer: Situware Interactive Inc.
Download: App Store

Treasure Square

Treasure Square is an adventure game that treats your Foursquare check-in locations like dungeons. Each location at which you check-in will contain enemies, traps or an otherwise random event that has the potential to result in some pretty righteous loot. Level up and collect rare items by getting out and visiting real world locations.

Price: Free
Developer: Dyno Entertainment, Inc.
Download: App Store

Music Apps

SoundCloud

If you’ve never used Soundcloud, it’s a neat, lightweight way to create and share audio clips with the world. The iPhone version simply lets you record on the go and share your sonic creations via Foursquare.

Price: Free
Developer: SoundCloud Ltd.
Download: App Store

SoundTracking

SoundTracking is presently one of Foursquare’s featured apps, and has been described as the product of “Twitter and iTunes having a baby.” It’s like setting your iChat to “Current iTunes Song,” except that you can broadcast where you are and what you’re doing.

Price: Free
Developer: Schematic Labs
Download: App Store

PopToo

PopToo is a music app that will update your social networks with information about what song you’re listening to and where you’re listening to it. If you ask me, this is just the sort of network that Apple’s own Ping should’ve become.

Price: Free
Developer: fXceed
Download: App Store

MusicPlayce

MusicPlayce puts more of a focus on the fusion between a place and it’s music. Connect with new people and places depending on your musical preference and style. A few extra features, such as the ability to create “music scavenger hunts” make MusicPlayce a really neat app.

Price: Free
Developer: MusicPlayce
Download: App Store

Shopping Apps

Shoplr

Shoplr uses Foursquare to determine your location, and then provides real-time information on nearby deals and offers at local businesses. You can redeem these deals directly from your iPhone. Taking the social step, Shoplr also lets you share a currency called GiveBucks with your friends.

Price: Free
Developer: Shoplr LLC
Download: App Store

Deal Check-In

Much like Shoplr, Deal Check-In aggregates local deals. However, Deal Check-In pulls its deal and offer data from Groupon, Travelzoo and Yelp, and informs you of any nearby steals whenever you check in with Foursquare.

Price: Free
Developer: EAI Technologies
Download: App Store

WANT!

WANT! is technically a photo sharing app that lets you take pictures of things you’d like and share them with you friends and family. I chose to put it in the “Shopping” category for it’s potential use as a sort of public wishlist. Snap a photo of the item you want, and WANT! will make a note of where you found it, via Foursquare. Share that with your friends and they’ll know exactly where to go when your next birthday rolls around.

Price: Free
Developer: Skymarker, LLC
Download: App Store

Food Apps

Dine-O-Mat

Can’t decide where to go for dinner? Dine-O-Mat will dig up any information on nearby restaurants and let you know of any places you may not have considered. If you’re still stumped, the app will randomly pick one for you, and then use GPS to show you how to get there.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Auton, Inc.
Download: App Store

DoFork

DoFork takes all of the functionality of Foursquare as far as venue-tips, notes, reviews, etc. and focuses it on food. Share pictures of your food, venue ratings and reviews, and even save your favorites so you don’t forget to check them out later.

Price: Free
Developer: Blogcocktail Inc.
Download: App Store

Tasterous

Tasterous gamifies food by challenging you and your friends to try new things and earn points. Check-in via Foursquare is built right into the toolbar, and you’ll receive notifications whenever your friends try out some new food. WARNING: Tasterous may make you fat.

Price: Free
Developer: PT BeaBeo
Download: App Store

Pintley

Okay, so we might not ALL agree that Beer is food (if you ask me, it is), but where else was I going to mention Pintley? If you’re not familiar, Pintley is a beer recommendation service that will log tasting notes and ratings to, over time, recommend beer that you’re “sure to love.” Take this successful service and stick in a location aware smartphone, and you might want to remember to save the number for a cab.

Price: Free
Developer: Pintley
Download: App Store

Photography Apps

SnapDish

SnapDish could be considered as much a food app as a photography app. It’s intended use is for taking a snapshot of the dish you were just served in a restaurant, and making note of that restaurant via Foursquare. What makes it unique is a built in image re-toucher that is designed specifically for making images of food look better.

Price: Free
Developer: Vuzz Inc.
Download: App Store

Pixamid

Pixamid’s claim to fame is that it’s a “fun and clever social camera.” Take snapshots with Pixamid and share them with a specific group of people. Your images are geotagged and group submission to a photo album facilitates multi-photographer stories that are sharable through Facebook.

Price: Free
Developer: Cartomapic AB
Download: App Store

Instagram

Most of us have used Instagram before, I’m sure. It links with Foursquare to geotag the photos you snap. If you also set Instagram to update Twitter, you can communicate a message, an image of your surroundings, and your location to your followers in one fell swoop.

Price: Free
Developer: Burbn, Inc.
Download: App Store

Lifestyle Apps

Highlights

True to its name, Highlights brings you the best of the best locations around your town to visit by way of crowdsourced check-in data, rankings, photographs, comments, tips and other social network activity. Highlights rakes through Gowalla and Foursquare to pull the most accurate information on the hottest places near you, so you get the best your area has to offer.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Ben Dodson Apps
Download: App Store

Hg2: A Hedonist’s Guide

As the highest priced app on this list (by far), the aptly named Hg2: A Hedonist’s Guide is an elevated version of other lifestyle apps that provides luxury hangout information in some of the worlds most popular vacation destinations.

Price: $16.99
Developer: yuzamobile
Download: App Store

Nightbits

Nightbits integrates with Facebook and Twitter in addition to Foursquare to collate and plot the events most likely to interest you into an itinerary of sorts. Schedule your evening so you can hit the pub for dinner with your friends and then go to the party being put on by your favorite Facebook group.

Price: Free
Developer: Nightbits
Download: App Store

Heat Tracker

Heat Tracker is a neat app that is designed to give you an idea of the crowd at a particular venue before you go through all the hassle to go there yourself. Suppose the club downtown promised a slammin’ party tonight, but you’re concerned if anyone actually showed up. Check Heat Tracker to find out if you should pass up a potentially lame party.

Price: Free
Developer: DRAFTFCB-CHICAGO
Download: App Store

StreetSpark

Most online dating these days is conducted through exclusive pay-to-use sites like eHarmony or Match.com. StreetSpark aims to create serendipity by putting you in contact with like-minded people based on the things you already share online. Mobile StreetSpark uses Foursquare to make it that much more likely that you’ll run into that special someone right out on the street.

Price: Free
Developer: StreetSpark Pte Ltd.
Download: App Store

Momento

Momento is a location based diary. The interface is really slick and very intuitive. Tag your journal entries with the location at which they were written to make for a richer experience when you come back to relive the glory days.

Price: $2.99
Developer: d3i Ltd.
Download: App Store

Miscellaneous Apps

LocaJot

One of the only apps on the list that doesn’t take things social, LocaJot lets you save location based notes. Think of Foursquare’s pre-populated venue information, except that you get to write it and edit it and use it later. Perfect for reminders and organization for someone on the go.

Price: Free
Developer: Ecmodeyo, LLC
Download: App Store

CheckIn Pro

CheckIn Pro is a unique app that uses augmented reality to check in. It supports both Foursquare and Facebook places, and will automatically update both networks simultaneously when you select an overlay from the screen. CheckIn Pro also pulls data from both services, so viewing the world through the lens of your iPhone will be all that much richer.

Price: $0.99
Developer: SHAPE Services
Download: App Store

Wrap Up

Well I hope our time together today was well spent, and that you learned a little bit about the creative ways developers are using the Foursquare API. What Foursquare apps have you been using?


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  • http://noitehoje.com.br/ Otávio

    If you are visiting Brazil you can use Noite Hoje (Tonight) app to find concerts and parties in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

    https://foursquare.com/app/noite_hoje_for_iphone

    It allows to perform check-in on Foursquare :-)

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  • http://www.blogorida.com Mohd Akbar

    Shoplr give real-time info on nearby deals and offers at local businesses. It is easy to redeem these deals from your iPhone. Thank you for great information.

  • http://www.mobification.com Dusan

    Great list of apps. Will try them and try to write a review…

  • http://itunes.apple.com/app/fly-smasher/id471899348?mt=8 Fly Smasher

    Really great funny apps, definitely i ll try all these apps…

  • http://apas.gr Apostolos

    Check this Foursquare API-based app:
    4sqwifi (search for it in the AppStore).

    nearby venues with wifi and its password. worldwide.

  • http://www.mistybaby.com Ashok

    The Unlimited Fun on your iPhone. The misty chilling babies will make you crazy. You will ever stop laughing, its all fun!!!

    Download App store

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/misty-baby/id466257998?mt=8

  • http://www.ecmodeyo.com Chia Walter

    Great list, it’s always fun to see what’s out there and what others think. As a co-creator of LocaJot I’m also excited to see us on your list as you’ve actually gone through the trouble to look at the apps and test them out. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Chia

  • Jenny

    There’s a real cool app, named FlirtGuide Paris/London, to find trendy spots as bars, restaurants, clubs.. U can search by district, by kind of people u want to meet..etc
    MUST HAVE while traveling or even to discover places in ur own city !

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