What will be the games on the Digital Lands of Arcona
Top-12 augmented reality games
Arcona is an amazing platform with extensive functionality that will cover the real cities with a digital layer. There will be shops, services, cultural facilities, representative offices of companies, navigators, clubs, guides and, of course, games. The global mobile games market in 2017 is estimated at $ 108.9 billion.
Just think — some small applications generate more than hundred billions of dollars, in which there is often no task other than entertainment. But this the idea, because we are not robots, and sometimes we need to relax.
Augmented reality became the crown of mobile gaming in 2017 thanks to two companies — Niantic and Nintendo. Niantic in the distant 2012 released the “mother of Pokemon” Inrgess. It was a real breakthrough, despite the merciless absorption of smartphone batteries. The game was spread well across the Earth, thanks to integration with Google maps. Who knows how much data Google has received for its Maps, in which Niantic was just one of the experimental departments, but the studio succeeded to become a separate company and break the bank for Nintendo with the “Pokemon Go” game and get two rounds of major investments to continue victorious activities.
The work of Niantic can be called the factor that introduced augmented reality into the vocabulary of every smartphone owner in the world. It’s time to move on, and here comes Arcona — the universal world of augmented reality. And games will be well integrated in this new world. Today we would like to talk about the best games cases, whose experience will form the basis of entertainment on our platform.
It is better to try once than hear a hundred times. This game helped Nintendo Corporation to return to the world arena and for the first year earned it hundreds of millions of dollars. Today, it continues to improve: for example, the developers just added an extended AR + Augmented Reality mode, in which the Pokémon can be frightened off if you approach it too quickly or too close!
This “small” improvement makes the game even more interactive and realistic. And, it is very likely that once Apple releases its glasses, the streets will be filled with real virtual animal hunters. This is great.
By the way, in this collection there will be as many as three Niantic games. No wonder we called its development a sign for the industry. Meet the next project — Ingress Prime.
About Ingress Prime, according to the old-good tradition of Ingress, almost nothing is said. There is an attractive trailer full of cliché:
As the name suggests, the game is not exactly new. It is a powerful update of seriously outdated, in five years, Ingress. The development team promises to improve almost all aspects of the game — from the artistic component, design and narration to the basic technology. It is especially important that after such a long time, the update will be installed directly on the old client you have.
The game really changed, see for yourself:
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
As you already understood, the latest novelty from Niantic is dedicated to the Harry Potter universe. The project is implemented jointly with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and the WB Games development team in San Francisco. Players will learn spells and explore real cities to search for legendary animals, fight them and unite with other wizards to destroy powerful enemies. Release — in 2018.
Monsters, cities, social mechanism — all this practically draws in my mind a picture of perfectly set game for Arcona. Such settings will definitely be popular in the growing market of augmented reality. May the fantasy stream continues forever!
The puzzles are transforming and improving too. The reason is that in augmented reality, game developers can connect people’s interaction with real objects, and these are new vivid feelings, a sense of realism of what is happening. This new dimension opens up an amazing space for creativity in platforms like Arcona (in fact, there are no other such platforms, even Niantic has its platform closed for 3rd party developers).
You can also rely on physics to take the virtual world into reality, to do it more extensively. This is what YuME developers did, bringing us a fantastic journey through the world of dreams. They position their project almost as “audiovisual healing” — it sounds and looks amazing! It’s a matter of taste, but, in our opinion, it’s true. The game is free, so hurry up to install it and enjoy!
To build something with LEGO is already amazing, even without augmented reality. Nevertheless, the smartphone can give it life, opening new game mechanics. According to LEGO, this is the future of games.
AR-Studio brings you game scenarios, animated and interactive models, events, as well as the opportunity to earn points and share achievements, recording short videos. The game was released on December 4, so it’s time to buy one of the compatible packs:
• LEGO City Police station — 60047
• LEGO City Freight train — 60052
• LEGO City Fire station — 60110
• LEGO Ninjago Green Dragon — 70593
• LEGO Ninjago Movie Earthquakes robot — 70632
• LEGO Ninjago Movie Flying ship of master Wu — 70618
Arcona will also offer you to build and revitalize urban landscapes, but on a much larger scale — whole megacities will be unfold before your eyes. By the way, how about launching virtual LEGO parks in them?
World of Tanks AR
As a child, many of us had the ultimate dream of a radio control tank. And our happiness was complete if it was able to shoot. And now, once we grew up, we are not able to enjoy toys… Not at all! Look at the World of Tanks, which made its creators billionaires: it has more than 110 million active players, a population a very large country, scattered throughout the world.
And what will happen if we release tanks on the streets of cities (virtually, of course)? In Wargaming decided to test this and presented a “tank” supplemented reality application. Today it is possible to get acquainted only with a pair of cars, but in full size. But the game would not have been worth the price if these tanks in the augmented reality could be controlled from a smartphone or tablet, as from a console. For example, you can adjust the gadget holder with the control buttons on Bluetooth and fight in the square of your city. Even if the tanks are small, but as real.
And what would happen if we released tanks on the streets of cities (virtually, of course)? Wargaming decided to test it, releasing AR “tank” application. Today it is possible to discover only a pair of machines, but in full size. Now, imagine you could control these tanks with your smartphone or tablet as if it was a joystick and fight with other players in the square of your city, that would be THE game! Guess what? You’ll be able to do that too in Arcona’s world!
Follow Me Dragon
Difficult to belive, but the company that released this game wasn’t Bandai, the Tamagotchi creator, but an American studio The Virtual Reality Company. VRC was founded by the masters of the American film industry, specializing in VR projects and now extending their reach to AR too.
In the game, you are followed by the dearest dragon, who grows up from a baby to a giant. He likes to play and be photographed, so he entertains you and your friends in social networks. Such a cheerful companion with a viral approach.
My Tamagochi Forever
Bandai Namco walked along the beaten path. Tamagotchi is perhaps the best option to use augmented reality. Remember, many years ago, as we looked at the tiny screens, trying to guess what needed a strange set of squares this time? Now you have a smartphone in your hands, with a full-color screen and the ability to see and take pictures of your full-color pet.
You have some spare time and don’t know what to do? Tamagotchi is at your service. The child asks for a kitten? Let him first to deal with the pet, which will not suffer, if the desire is not so strong. Recipe for all occasions from wise Japanese masters.
Now available only a beta version without augmented reality. Full release scheduled for 2018.
In this fantastic shooter the most interesting is the plot. We simply quote it:
“In AD 2016, a English cosmologist Steven Hawking, an American Internet entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg and a Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner initiated the Breakthrough Starshot mission by launching thousands of light sail spacecrafts to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. In AD 2060, StarChip, beamed back images of Trisolaran from the Earth size planet Proxima Centauri b. A few decades before AD 2154, before the first batch of human immigrated to Proxima Centauri b, human sent spacecrafts to Alpha Centauri to capture Trisolaran for lab experiments.
Take out your space telescope for wrap drive Alpha Centauri to you, save Trisolaran from human!”
Do you know what that means? You do not fly to shoot aliens. In this game you need to protect the extraterrestrial race from humans.
On large-scale maps, these shooters could easily become multiplayer. Play against a team of bots or fight an area against other area — no limits!
The God simulator — sounds quite pretentious, but this game, developed by the studio Luden.io, is exactly this. A primitive tribe begins its life right at your feet. They really need someone who will direct the true path, get rid of the misfortunes and at the same time establish a penal correction system on the model of absolute totalitarianism.
The world of ARrived is surprisingly interactive: the aborigines react to the user, turn to him, look at the camera with full adoration and interact with the physical objects that have appeared in their area of habitation. Yes, yes, this banana is no longer yours, it’s just a big log. And the roof of this house is great for a morning walk. Yes, and you are part of THEIR world … Think about it…
As Niantic showed us, the augmented reality games can and should be mobile. The guys from Semidome went further and turned the game into a real sport. AR Runner app gives simple tasks — get to the marked point on the screen, run to the next, and so until the training is over. From the outside it looks insanely (a man rushes in an empty space, looking at the screen of a smartphone), but this is a healthy activity that pushes the boundaries of the usual.
We admit: although we like all these pokémon, wizards and aliens, most of all we love strategies. The Machines is THE game of military strategy in real time and in augmented reality.
This is the best representative of a new type of strategy with excellent graphics and an interesting concept: your game depends on your position on the map, so you need to constantly move and choose the best “height” for reviewing the battlefield. There is a multi-user mode on the local network or the Internet with players from any country.
In Arcona, such games can acquire a completely different scale. Remember the Tank application from Wargaming? If you combine it with the battles on the city map, in which you need to choose best positions, you can get a new eSports.
Hey, what about you? What do you think would be a great AR game for Arcona’s world? We will be happy to discuss it in the comments. Who knows, maybe your idea will be the best game of the new world…