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Pixel Press Floors Will Turn Sketched Levels into Playable Games Through Augmented Reality

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 29th, 2014

Pixel Press Floors has a lofty goal: to make it possible to turn sketches of video game levels into ones playable in their platforming game app, done through the magic of augmented reality. Download and print the Floors Sketch Guide and Sketch Sheets, follow the instructions for layouts and objects in the levels, and if properly done, it'll be turned into a level that can be played in the app. It's also possible to draw levels in the app itself.

Check out the trailer below, and the PixelPress Vimeo channel for more videos on how it works. Pixel Press Floors will be available on April 30.

GDC 2014 - Seebright Reveals New iOS Virtual/Augmented Reality Headset

Posted by Rob Rich on March 25th, 2014

Virtual Reality was a major theme at GDC this year, but Seebright’s prototype head-mounted display (HMD) stood out to me for one very important reason: it’s not a gadget-filled headset, but rather a frame to hold your iOS device and turn it into an affordable, self-contained VR headset.

The device is still in the preliminary stages, and as such will undoubtedly be seeing some deign tweaks in the future, but what I was able to see during my hands-on demo was quite promising. Using special software, the iOS device will display two separate images at slightly different angles. Once it’s placed into the headset interchangeable mirrors (one for a translucent heads-up display and another for a more solid image meant for gaming) reflect the images back to the user’s eyes and create the 3D image. What’s more, it’s able to use the device’s own motion tracking technology in order to allow users to look around in their virtual environment.

Personally I’m quite interested to see what Seebright does with their prototype in the coming months. The combination of accessibility (due to pricing) and the fact that it use preexisting iOS technology certainly opens it up to all manner of possibilities.

Table Zombies - Now You Can Eat Dinner Around the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by Rob Rich on February 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I've killed many a zombie, both in video games and board games, but never in a combination of the two. That's the sort of vibe I'm getting from Table Zombies, though; it's like a weird hybrid of video and table top game in the form of augmented reality. What's currently available is more of a demo level than anything, but there are plans to add even more levels and zombies in the future.

Playing Table Zombies will require a bit of work - you'll have to print out the various markers yourself - but once everything is ready you'll be able to set it up on your dining room table or your desk and start blasting away. Or you could just spin the board around and marvel at the tiny hopeless battle from different angles as it unfolds.

You can download the Table Zombies lite version/demo now, for free.

Ingress - Google's Augmented-Reality Game to Make its Way to iOS Next Year

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 16th, 2013

All Things D reports that Ingress, the augmented-reality game from Google, will be coming to iOS sometime in 2014. The game is currently available on Android and has hundreds of thousands of players every month. The game uses the world around you as players from all over join one of two teams to uncover clues about a mysterious technology. It also forces players to explore and collaborate with strangers to earn points.


+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MECHA IN MY POCKET
D:COM - MISSION ALPHA has a more complex title than it does gameplay, but it still makes for some decent no-frills fun.
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IMAG•N•O•TRON Brings The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore to Life with AR

Posted by Lisa Caplan on July 9th, 2012

Moonbot Studios, known for publishing some of the best digital books for iOS, has gone outside of the box before with their print and digibook hit The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, turning it into an Academy Award winning short film. Now they are merging print and digital publishing technologies in an innovative new way, with IMAG•N•O•TRON.

You'll need the hardcover book, which costs around $10 and is well worth owning if you have young readers at home. Just hold an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with a camera over the book and amazing things happen. Moonbot promises you’ll “Get swept up in a storm! Transport to another world! Play music! Fly!”

It also been called a “wonder of the ages,” so if you get a chance to check it out, we’d love to know if that’s a fair statement. We think it might be. Moonbot, it seems, can do no wrong in the App Store, and this book in particular is dear to many, both the young and the young at heart.

Tic Tac Adds New Microgame To Its Augmented Reality App

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 30th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Tic Tac has made an update to their minty augmented reality app, Tic Tac Viewr, to mark the launch of their new flavor, Fruit Adventure. The update adds a game to the AR app, Whack-A-Tac, with a fruity theme.

To play the game, players point their iOS devices at a Tic Tac pack (with the Tic Tac Viewr app open) and scan the label. The game instantly begins. Players tap fruits, avoid stinky stuff, and avoid "forbidden fruit."

The Tic Tac Viewr includes up to 20 microgames and more "tongue-in-cheek" tips for their Shake It Up campaign. Users can scan Tic Tac boxes, various types of ads, and the Tic Tac Facebook page with the AR app to access the microgames and tips. For users that don't feel like going out into the world to discover Tic Tacs ads, they have convieniently provided all of the ads on the Tic Tac Facebook page ready to print out and be scanned.

LEGO Lens Puts Virtual LEGO Creations Everywhere

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 4th, 2012

Augmented reality (AR) apps frequently pop-up on the App Store giving users a visual experience over our everyday reality. LEGO has recently jumped on the AR game with LEGO Lens. LEGO Lens lets users watch and interact with LEGO creations at various locations in the U.S.

The app shows LEGO creations that are close on a Google Map. Once at the location, the LEGO creations can even be captured in a picture to share with friends. A radar shows the LEGO creations when users are close.

We hopped on LEGO Lens to check out the locations of where these LEGO creations are popping up. There were none in my immediate driving distance (but a fair few in my state). Looking at the pins on the Google Map, there are quite a few places boasting The Avengers & Loki in the sky. The locations that these LEGO AR creations are popping up in include movie theaters (lots of Carmike Cinemas), malls, and stadiums. The LEGO creations are swarming in New York, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Chicago.

It’s important that parents supervise with the use of this app given the GPS capabilities and suggestions to visit the LEGO locations.

Realikety Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on May 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SLIGHT DISAPPOINTMENT
Realikety is an augmented reality social networking app that allows iOS users to “Like” virtually anything in the real world.
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MosquitoKiller: Offering Augmented Reality Based Insect Murder

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 11th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The use of Augmented Reality in gaming is the kind of technological wizardry that would have amazed me as a child. It still does in fact, despite knowing how it works. MosquitoKiller makes the idea of killing mosquitoes fun - something that really wouldn't conventionally be enjoyable. Using the gyroscope, players can move around their surroundings in order to find and kill mosquitoes.

Numerous weapons are available such as a mosquito coil, helmet, fly swatter and mosquito repellent in order to mix things up a little. There's also the prospect of finding hidden mosquitoes that can track the player's movements. Plus, there's the ever popular boss battle too.

MosquitoKiller has all the makings of a title to be enjoyed in short sessions, especially with spectactors to laugh with. With the addition of GameCenter or OpenFeint support, I reckon this could be a great hit for the casual gaming crowd. For now, players will have to stick to local competition and the allure of the in-game achievements.

MosquitoKiller is out now, priced at a pretty respectable $0.99.

Marvel AR Adds Bonus Features to Comics

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Augmented reality apps are fun to play around with and display extra information about the world around us. But the Marvel AR app uses augmented reality to get extra information about fantasy worlds that we aren’t living in. With the Marvel AR app, users will be able to see additional features for their Marvel comics by using their iOS devices’ camera.

Select Marvel comics, the first of which to use the new app is Avengers vs. X-Men, will include behind the scenes footage, 3D action scenes, video recaps of past events, and more. Comics designed for use with Marvel AR will start featuring the AR red and white logo to flag throughout the book when the app should be used. Users will simply hold their iOS devices up to the comics and then will be presented with the bonus features.

This is a great way for comic readers who still enjoy buying the print editions to get to use their iOS devices to interact with their comics. The Marvel AR app is free.

CodeRunner Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: UNIQUELY MEMORABLE
A fascinating concept that's unlike all others. It's a great way to make walking exciting.
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Teach Any and All Arch Nemeses a Lesson with Tap and Zap

Posted by Rob Rich on February 24th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's no secret that I had a great time with Plan X. I loved the premise, I loved the implementation, but above all else I loved the rather crazy style of it all. Now I and others like me can enjoy a little evil mayhem with or without any kind of internet connection thanks to Extrafeet's latest bizarro creation, Tap and Zap.

The idea is fairly straightforward. Users simply tap on their desired weapon, of which there are five (the Dapper Zapper, Freeze Ray, Goo Gun, Mini Vaporizer, and Plasma Pistol), then tilt their iOS device and viola! The app automatically superimposes an image of the selected firearm over the screen while displaying a background as seen through the camera. Tapping the screen shoots. So now I can crush those who would disobey me with or without access to my Plan X account! Mwahahahaha!

Okay so it's not totally revolutionary or anything but it's cute and pretty funny. It's also available right now for $0.99.

Augmented Sound Gaming With Dimensions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 2nd, 2011

Technology is improving in in leaps and bounds. It's an immensely exciting time to be alive. Just a glance at the growing prevelance of Augmented Reality games aptly demonstrates that. How about a game that relies on augmented sound though? Now, that's a bit different.

Dimensions looks extremely interesting in that respect. It uses augmented sound to turn the world into a game. Designed to be played in parallel with normal life, the game manipulates and enhances sound nearby changing the things we hear as a matter of course over the day. Players enter and exit different dimensions within the game as they go about their life. Missions can then be completed by collecting artifacts and fighting enemies.

It's a pretty fascinating concept and with music from Inception composer Hans Zimmer, Dimensions looks all the more compelling.

Dimensions is set for release sometime this month. We'll be sure to keep an eye on its development. For now, check out the video below that explains a bit more.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Be King of the Court Today!

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 1st, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The NBA is coming back! Huzzah! What once looked like a bleak winter sports landscape of misery and despair will now be full of the pittering and pattering of wealthy millionaires pounding the rock in the hardwood. How else were we going to entertain ourselves? By watching hockey? Pfft. The other beautiful thing about the NBA coming back? It feels appropriate to play basketball games, and one title is hoping to capture some of that basketball fever.

NBA King of the Court is an augmented reality basketball game that involves geolocation. It's developed by new mobile developer Ogmento, who are focusing on augmented reality and geolocation games, such as this one. Players compete to get the high scores on courts located near them. Hoops are located and played by pointing a camera-equipped iOS device around them to find hoops to shoot on. Players then try to sink as many shots as possible in a short time limit, by using a timing bar-based shooting system. Success earns coins that can be spent on powerups and other items. Additional attempts on a court can add to the player's high score, although players only have a limited number of balls to shoot, though more are added over time.

Once they become the king of the court (hey, there's that title!), then they can customize the hoop to their liking. This includes things like team logos, purchased with those coins. Feel bold enough to rock a Spurs logo in the middle of Lakers country? Go for it. As well, defensive powerups can be purchased to make potential court usurpers' job much more difficult, such as ones that make the good shot area much smaller.

NBA King of the Court launched on December 1st, and is a free to play title. It requires a camera-equipped device, though iPad 2 owners should note that the app is not universal as of launch.