Saturday, 23 June 2012

(AR) Augmented Reality for your Android

Augmented Reality Games are starting to be a "trend". Reality Fighters had a demo released with Taco Bell to promote the PS Vita's launch. Players who played that game had a chance to win a Playstation Vita. Nintendogs and Cats also used AR features. AR Games and apps use your device's camera to input your surroundings into the app. There is one app in particular that I want to review. That app is Droid ShootingAvailable on Google Play for FREE.

Shoot droids from all around you. Make sure you're in a well lit room with enough space to be turning around with the phone.  There are a few types of weapons to shoot. Press fire to shoot the center of your screen. The Minimap is really useful. Press the "refresh"-looking button to switch firing style.  The other weapons fire differently, not just animate differently.

Use Rocket Launchers, Lasers, Cannons and more.
Although it's a simple game. Some form of tutorial or explanation would be appreciated. The types of weapons isn't explained. My turning didn't exactly seem to work with the minimap(game) and bots moving too well, and/or I just wasn't really good at it. Sometimes it seems as though they were acting like ghosts staying behind my back as I made circles in one spot. The droids seem shakey and don't move with the camera.

 Like CloudStrife7 puts it on Google Play March 2, 2012 "Ok. Seems fun, but droids are shakey and don't move with camera" that well.

Maybe with better phone hardware and future updates of the app, this would run even smoother. However, Waves can simply be retried. Menu's are easy to navigate too. The sound effects and background music are decent.

. All in all, it's a really interesting and unique app that can certainly be fun and mind blowing. It's a new use of your camera and a new kind of game. With other 100K downloads and an average user rating of 4.0, a low storage size, and with quick loads, it wouldn't hurt to give this a try.

Wow right?

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