While virtual reality allows us to enter the imaginative worlds of video games, augmented reality adapts the real world to our needs and enables us to use it as our playing field. While some augmented reality games make your household items interactive, some others use the streets, parks or even whole cities as their playground.
Since mobility is crucial for AR games, most of them are designed for mobile phones and come as apps that turn your regular phone into your new favorite toy. So, what exactly are some of the best augmented reality games that you can play right now?
Pokémon GO is not only the most popular augmented reality game but also one of the best mobile games overall. The main reason for such popularity is the fact that it is themed after the cartoon bearing the same name. The first episode was aired in 1997 and it follows Ash, a young boy that dreams of becoming the best Pokémon trainer and wants to catch every Pokémon there is.
Now, what is Pokémon GO all about, you ask? Well, it is about Pokémons! The game lets you become a Pokémon trainer as you go around the place catching your favorite Pokémons. You can then train them, evolve them, challenge your friends and many more things that Ash does in the cartoon.
The app was released in 2016 by Niantic. It is free to download, and it is accessible to both Android and iOS users.
From Niantic studios, we move to, well, Niantic studios! Apparently, this developer is rather good when it comes to AR games, and Ingress is their another hit. Released in 2012, it is available to both iOS and Android users. The game has an immersive plot, and it features two factions — the Enlightened and the Resistance.
The gameplay revolves around dark energy that influences the way we think, and while the Enlightened want to use that energy to control mankind, the Resistance tries to protect it. You can choose your faction before you start playing and decide on which side you want to be.
While Pokémon GO turns your city into your playground, Ingress is played across the world and players can communicate with other players as they track the imaginary sources of energy and prepare for a battle between factions.
The Walking Dead: Our World is developed by Next Game, and it is themed after the popular TV series, The Walking Dead. In the series, the world is overrun by zombies, known as the Walkers. People are tasked to survive on a daily basis while forced to fight the hordes of enemies.
When it comes to the game, The Walking Dead: Our World is a classic shooter game that uses your phone to aim and pull the trigger. Whether you’re in the park or your living room, the game will put your reflexes to the test.
However, you are not the only one that survived the outbreak, and you can play with other people and join them in weekly challenges to unlock new weapons and new characters.
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