About a decade ago, mobile gaming changed on a massive scale. The introduction of the iPhone to the world in June of 2007 opened the floodgates of innovation. While there were certainly games before that point, the Nokia Snake Game, for instance, they were nothing like what is available now. The games are better and the phones more delicate. While almost nothing could destroy a Nokia 3310, iPhones are notoriously temperamental.
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Pokémon Go launched in the summer of 2016 and created a massive shockwave in the mobile gaming industry. Suddenly there was an entirely new and viable method for users to interact with their smartphones. People were getting up and moving from one location to another, often quite quickly, in an attempt to “catch” an augmented reality Pokémon with their phone.
The developer of the game was hoping for exactly this type of real world interaction to showcase the potential of the platform and the benefits it could have in levels of activity and engagement when properly applied. It was a staggering success. What surprised many in the industry was the fact that so many adults became enthralled with the game. It quickly led to the development of even more games in the various app stores with even more expected in 2017.
Augmented Beyond Pokémon
Exactly what is there for gamers to engage with once they have caught all available Pokémon in their area? As it turns out, quite a lot.
If you are on the older end of the spectrum and enjoy a little terror in your augmented world, Zombies Everywhere! is an excellent selection. With this game, players roam the world hunting zombies. Shooting one will trigger a strobe light effect with the camera’s flash making the experience more realistic.
If zombies aren’t your thing, maybe you’d have more fun with a real world application. Theodolite will forever change the way you think about the world around you. The ability of the app to use your screen to give users real-time information on the topography and environment before them is enough to make anyone feel excited about adventuring out into nature.
Then there are the educational apps that take advantage of some augmented reality innovations. Some apps, like Star Walk 2, will superimpose the constellations and other heavenly bodies over the night’s sky at wherever you point your phone towards. This can make interacting with the cosmos much more engaging and educational than simply referring to standard star charts.
The concept of virtual reality isn’t new. It’s been around for about a decade but the cost and availability kept it out of reach for the average person. That’s all started to change rapidly over the past year. Virtual reality is primed to become a $30 billion market in the next couple of years as people gain access to the remarkable potential of the technology with nothing more than their smartphone and a headset.
YouTube and Facebook already have functional offerings for their users, which is potentially responsible for the exponential growth. The other main game changer has been the introduction of inexpensive headsets, the clear leader, of course, being Google Cardboard.
Stitchers lets the gamer become fully immersed in the storyline. Based on the popular television show, players are dropped into the memories of a recently deceased victim and allowed to explore the crime scene from their point of view. It gives the genre of CSI games a new breath of life.
For those who want something a little less serious, Cartoon Village drops the player into a cartoon settlement where you can explore every area, season, and possibility. It’s quickly becoming the darling of the VR world but is only available for Android devices so far.
Players who have ever wanted to walk with dinosaurs have numerous options from which to choose as game developers rush to fulfill the popular aspiration. Space exploration is another popular feature in game design that allows people to fly through space and explore various astronomical features from the comfort of their own home.
The potential of AR and VR is truly remarkable. With more apps being added on a daily basis there is no telling just how far the industry will be able to forge ahead in the coming year.