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A March 2018 study reveals that 59% of the 140 respondents interviewed, expect the majority of investment to be directed to the development of AR/VR technology in the gaming sector. The evidence seems to be in their favor. Of all the AR platforms on the market, Apple’s ARKit is the world’s biggest, and in 2018, “over 13 million augmented reality apps built using it had been downloaded since the release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017”.  Of all the categories in the AppStore, AR Games took the top spot with its large selection of games. 

Let’s take a short AppStore tour and see what are the most popular games in the area of AR and 3D experimentation.

 

#1 Pokémon GO

First released in 2016, Niantic’s Pokémon GO was a breakout success that introduced the public to Augmented Reality. A free AR game, it is designed for users to walk around their surroundings and catch Pokémon in real-time. The game is developed with a lot of features to boost interactions between users, which is one of the reasons Pokemon Go continues to garner a large community of followers.

 

#2 Minecraft

Minecraft Earth is a soon to be released AR game that brings the popular Minecraft formula to the real world. Players will be able to take part in ready-made adventures or maximize their creativity by creating their own characters, buildings, and even their own stories. News and articles about the game’s AR features have increased expectations to a feverish pitch.

 

#3 laserDRAW

laserDRAW is an Augmented Reality game created by LoveShark.io designed for interactivity. As the name suggests, the game allows users to draw whatever they want in AR. In the multiplayer mode, other users can see the drawing and guess what it is, a fun twist on an AR drawing app.

 

#4 Jurassic world alive

Ludia’s Jurassic world alive is a new educational game based on the Jurassic World franchise. The game allows students to use their devices to place any species of dinosaur or other ready-made objects into the real environment. In this way, they can free their imagination and build their own AR world.

 

#5 Grib3D

Grib is a 3D application created for Spatial Computing and built using AR technology to maximize the interactions between users and the 3D objects created in the application. With this app, the user first draws a shape or object on a piece of paper. The magic happens once the user taps on their drawing from the device’s screen turning it into 3D in the AR environment. With a very intuitive interface where most of the gestures are integrated into two main control buttons, the aim of Grib is to allow creativity and productivity for everyone. While the app is not available on the online stores yet one can sign up to be Grib’s beta testers.

 

Along with the games mentioned above, there are a number of other companies applying 3D and Augmented Reality technology to provide users with unique and engaging gaming experience. In the beginnings of this new era of immersive technology, it is very interesting to see which of these games will lead the way forward. 

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