New app hopes to bring foot traffic to downtown Fairborn

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – A new game available on mobile devices hopes to bring more foot traffic to downtown Fairborn. 

“It’s the first of its kind. It’s never been done before that we know if in this capacity,” Rob Anderson, Fairborn City Manager said. 

Developed with local software company, Mile Two, ‘Escape to Fairborn’ is an augmented reality game that uses murals and other art downtown.

“If you put your phone on an image, it will bring up another image that appears on your phone but is not there,” Anderson said. 

The game requires players to solve and unlock puzzles before they can move on to the next chapter. Only one chapter will be available to start but more will be added after time. 

Anderson said local business will also be involved in the game itself. It’s something business owners hope will draw more exposure to their business. 

“Featuring the local businesses is really exciting and cutting edge. It’s not something that you see everyday. So, I’m really excited to experience it,” said Bridget Flaherty, owner of Lore.

Young people are expected to be the biggest users. Anderson hopes they will help encourage more people come downtown.

“(We hope they) shop in a fantastic downtown, visit our businesses that are here and really just get more people to understand where downtown Fairborn is,” Anderson said.

While you can download ‘Escape to Fairborn’ now, the game won’t be fully playable until October. With the launch of the game will also come free wifi for downtown visitors. 

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