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When the player finds a city hotspot, they can "check in" to the hotspot, which allows them to access a description of the hotspot, leave gifts for other players, and even become the "mayor" of the hotspot.
As the player moves around Chicago, they'll notice small check mark icons positioned around the map, these indicate city hotspots. Marks that are filled in, indicate locations that the player has previously visited. When in range of them, adjacent locations within their smartphones radius are also shown, whether they've found them or not.
City hotspots are represented as square plaques, and can be checked into when the player approaches them. Checking in at city hotspots allows the player to discover history and information about the city of Chicago, earn badges, and pick up gifts left there or leave gifts for other players.
When the player selects the City Hotspots App, they're greeted with a screen which shows them how many locations they've visited (check-ins), and how many badges they've earned. The 30 nearest hotspots to the players current location are also listed. The player can separate this list into those that they have or have not visited, along with icons showing the distance, whether they've checked in and the available number of gifts.
History and Information
When the player accesses a city hotspot or brings up and selects a previously visited hotspot, a submenu appears, where they can view details of the location:
- The name and how many times they've checked in.
- History and other pertinent information.
- Who the "mayor" is.
- Whether gifts have been left by the player or are available for them to retrieve.
Inside of the app, the player can leave gifts or receive gifts from other players. The gifts that they can provide of receive include:
- Ammunition for any weapon.
- Items for crafting.
A variety of badges are available specifically related to hotspots. This includes badges for:
- Checking in at a specific number of hotspots.
- Checking in with a specific total (e.g. 300 times).
- Checking in at a specific type of hotspot (e.g. hotels).
- Checking in under certain conditions (e.g. rain).
- Checking in on a certain day (e.g. July 4).
By checking in at a location more times than anyone else over the course of a seven-day period, the player will become mayor. There are two unique badges to claim by becoming mayor.