Augmented reality games are becoming front-runners in the gaming industry. Nowadays, this is not just a fantastical concept. VR games allow you to fight aliens, capture fantastical creatures, defend kingdoms in the real world. AR is all about superimposing computer-generated images on top of your view of reality, thus creating a composite view that augments the real world. AR apps run the gamut from interactive map overlays and virtual showrooms to massive multiplayer skirmishes. More and more, ARKit apps are rolling out on Apple’s iOS, and while Google has killed off Project Tango, ARCore is the future of Android.
Here’s the Colorfy list of best AR games that you need!
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1. Neyon Clash
A virtual paintball, an outdoor laser tag, or simply a mobile game played by real physical movement and teamwork? Well, Neyon Clash by Reaktor Berlin (a team of developers focused on mobile gaming) is essentially all of those. It is a new and highly-promising AR multiplayer game, promoting both physical and social activity.
The in-game player character is tied to real-life movements, visible for all participants, and the goal is to tag opponents and capture the area.
As you start the game, you can decide to either create a map first or just play right away with your friends. Game modes include Last Man Standing (classic), Domination (collect points for conquering strategic areas), King of Items (get the powerful King-Item) and Capture the Flag. Neyon Clash is available in 6 languages (English, German, French, Russian, Polish, and Hindi).
The game is still at a very early stage and will be released in its final version until 2021.
Brickscape is a 3D puzzle game. Players move the various blocks inside of a box. The goal is to move the core piece in the center. It’s a relatively simple game, but that’s AR games for you these days. It is playable without AR with a regular background.
The AR version lets you play the game through your camera with your surroundings. Like most AR games, it’s a fun idea, but it’s not anything serious or deep.
3. Ghostbusters World
Ghostbusters World is one of those AR games like Pokemon Go. Players roam the real world catching all sorts of ghosts. You collect them, battle them, and level them up. If that sounds familiar, it should.
However, this game actually has a bit of a narrative to it and that adds a bit of depth that many AR games don’t have. It has various cameos from characters (and ghosts) from the movies and a bunch of social elements as well. It’s a freemium game, but in a game where the point is to walk around and collect stuff, you can’t really pay your way to the end. It’s a fun experience.
4. Pokémon GO
Yeah, I just waxed poetic about Pokémon GO, but I swear, it’s one of the best! San Francisco-based company Niantic, in partner with Nintendo, developed the beloved augmented reality game Pokémon GO, and the rest is history.
The reason it is more relevant than ever is Niantic and Nintendo’s potential to keep improving the game.
The world of Pokémon is extremely detailed: it includes over 800 unique Pokémon, opening the doors of possibilities for the companies to further hone their successful, (need I emphasize), free app.
They are constantly updating, too. At first, it was simply finding low-level Pokémon around your neighborhood, with cities and major hubs of civilization being the most desirable areas to capture rare Pokémon.
This was the game that Pokémon fans worldwide were waiting for: a game to catch Pokémon and use them to battle at certain hotspots in the real world, (usually landmarks or other places with heavy foot traffic), labeled as gyms, to exert dominance on other users.
Surprise, surprise, Niantic appears twice on the list. In the augmented reality game, Ingress was released about two years before Niantic’s Pokémon GO.
In the game, the player uses their GPS on their phone to interact with ‘portals’, usually coinciding with landmarks, much like the later Pokémon GO. The setting of the game is a nifty mix of sci-fi and cyberpunk in which Earth has come in contact with an alien force.
Subsequently, two factions emerge one favoring the use of alien technology, and those who oppose it outright, wanting to keep humanity intact, (called the Enlightened and the Resistance, respectively).
Augmented reality comes in when players interact with the ‘portals’, earning experience points, and action points.
For example, you can go to the local pub, doubling as an in-game portal, and earn experience points that way, possibly winning the location for whichever side the gamer chooses to side with.
Ingress also had the unique experience of being involved with academia, specifically being studied as a connection with globalism and sharing cultural significant sites. It allows the players to connect, especially with the emphasis on teamwork that the game requires.
6. Sharks in the Park
A game by Geo AR is an amazing experience for adults and children. Just in a moment, you can turn your garden or city park into a fantastic world of extraordinary animals and unforgettable landscapes.
With Sharks AR game you have an awesome opportunity to open the door to new beautiful places and create your own fairy tale.
Totally free, you should play Sharks in the Park outdoors – it uses the phone’s GPS. A clear sky and a park/field are also recommended. Adventurous trips will be displayed over a video feed on a phone. Underwater or ancient dinosaur lands – choose your own. Sensors capture player’s moves, so if you run – the faster you move in the game too.
7. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic’s latest AR game. It plays a lot like Pokemon Go and similar titles. Players walk around the real world, collect various things, and do battle with various foes.
Players collectively deal with a calamity that has affected wizards everywhere. You and everyone else must help solve it. Expect cameos from popular characters from the series along with a variety of new characters as well. It’s a decent game overall, especially for Harry Potter fans.
8. Knightfall AR
Knightfall AR is another AR game by A&E. Like the previous game, this one is a short game that is more proof of concept than anything. It’s basically a board game that you play through your mobile device. You find a flat surface and the game imposes itself there. The controls need some work, but it’s a really neat way to leverage ARCore for gaming. It does have flaws.
However, it’s also completely free with no in-app purchases.
9. Zombies, Run!
Zombies, Run is a fitness game. It bills itself as an immersive audio adventure game. The way it works is that you go for a walk or a run. As you go, you’ll unlock various pieces of the story. The drama involves you in a creative way that helps motivate you to keep going. The game will even work on treadmills in case you don’t want to go outside.
It’s a popular game and it’ll help you stay in shape. You can play the first four missions for free and you can unlock new missions each week. Alternatively, you can pay for the subscription service and unlock everything.
10. Zombie Gunship Revenant AR
Another fascinating AR zombie shooting game with you at a wheel of a military helicopter with lots of ammo to hunt down zombies being airborne. Fly a helicopter with your body movement, switch to infra-red camera mode for night vision, arm yourself with guns, missiles, rockets, sniper pods.
Note: For Zombie Gunship one requires a device using ARCore. And then the action begins – you can expect highly intense battles, realistic powerful shooting, great graphics. Simple interface, equip the weapons to be able to fire, although many users complain about the controls and camera AR mode.