When Pokemon GO was released the game was wildly popular, and it really isn’t difficult to see why. You got to hunt down and catch wild Pokemon right there is your hometown or even in your own home. Since its release the game has spawned many other augmented reality apps and games that you can also play.
Check out this guide to learn about the top 10 augmented reality games like Pokemon Go.
What is augmented reality?
It’s important to address just what augmented reality is.
- Basically it is a computer created world that is generated in the real world.
- So, in our case, Pokemon Go took your GPS location and even your phone’s camera to put Pokemon into your world.
- Many of the apps on this list will either utilize your location, your camera, or possibly even both to put their world into yours.
- Developers are beginning to utilize augmented reality (also called AR) so that players can become totally immersed because it takes place where you are.
Now that you have an idea about what augmented reality is, let’s go over some cool AR games.
Top 10 augmented reality games
Ingress was actually created by Niantic, the same folks who made Pokemon Go. This game came out before Pokemon Go, and they actually used the same sites and locations from Ingress in Pokemon Go as PokeStops and gyms. Ingress is a game where you join a faction and take over portals all throughout your town and area. What is pretty cool are the live events that Ingress has; basically you can go to these events, join up with your faction, and go fight over portals wherever you are. Ingress places a lot of the portals where there is art or important places in towns, so you can end up exploring and learning more about your town or the area that you are in.
Real Strike is essentially a first person shooting game that you can play wherever you are. The game utilizes your GPS location, as well as your camera, to give you an immersive experience while you play this game. Basically you walk around with your weapons and shoot bad guys in the game that appear in your actual location. So you can even walk around your own house and take out villains that show up. Now this game has received criticism because it has gun violence and whatnot, but the game itself is pretty fun. If you are anti-gun, then don’t play it. If you are a fan of FPS games, then definitely check this game out.
3. Zombies, Run
Zombies, Run is a really awesome workout game that most people will genuinely enjoy. Zombies, Run uses your phone’s GPS to simulate zombies chasing you while you are on your daily run. Basically there is a giant horde of zombies and they chase you so you have to outrun them so you don’t get bitten. Along your way you can pick up supplies and whatnot to help you survive and to help build up your base. This app aims to motivate you and to make exercise enjoyable. The app also features a music playlist that is really upbeat and helps you run. What’s nice is that you can use this app at any speed you are going; you can walk, jog, or even run. Overall this is a really fun app that helps motivate you to enjoy exercise.
4. Zombies Everywhere
Zombies Everywhere is very similar to Zombies, Run in that there are zombies going after you. Zombies Everywhere, however, has weapons you can unlock to kill all the zombies. The game uses your GPS and camera to put the walkers into your own world. I like that in this game you can fight back and unlock different weapons, but in all honesty I enjoy Zombies, Run a little more just because it motivates me to go jogging more often.
5. The Walk
The Walk is another game that motivates you to get out and go on walks more often. In the game there is a terror attack and an EMP wipes out all electronics. As you walk you can unlock notes and clues about what happened, and there are also locations you can go to that have specific events that you can figure out. Basically the game is pretty much a spy style game where you can learn a lot about the story. This doesn’t have any music playlists, so you will have to go into your music and play it from there.
6. Spec Trek
This is a nifty little AR game that is pretty fun to play. In Spec Trek you get to hunt down and capture ghosts that are around you in your area. The game uses your GPS and camera to place the ghosts down so you can catch them. This is another game that really aims to motivate you to get out and exercise, and it does a pretty decent job at it. If you have a hard time finding the ghosties the game will give you hints so you can track them down a little easier. You are timed, so you don’t have a whole lot of time to search them down. The game isn’t super serious and is somewhat silly, but it is pretty darn fun.
This app has some great potential to be awesome. Geocaching is an app that allows you to treasure hunt along with other people who play this game. This is fun if you travel with your family so that you can treasure hunt and learn about whatever area you are in. You are able to talk to people through the app and you can get hints to find your treasure. With that said, I have serious issue with this app. There is a $40 yearly subscription fee, and to get the app you need to pay $10. If you want a better cache then expect to pay even more money. While I get that the company needs to make money, they seem to want to screw over players for it. If you are super hardcore into the geocaching thing, then you might find the price within reason, and that’s great.
8. Parallel Kingdom
Parallel Kingdom was a really awesome, and very popular, AR game that allowed players to build an empire right in the area you were at. Parallel Kingdom used your phone’s GPS to get your location, then allowed you to build a kingdom right where you were. It made millions of users all across the world, and it was a very successful game. This was the very first GPS based RPG ever when it was released in 2009.
You may have noticed the past tense because Parallel Kingdom was closed in November of 2016. The reason I included this game on the list is because many other developers are currently working on games that are very similar to Parallel Kingdom that will be released pretty soon. The game was extremely fun and it introduced quite a few people into the RPG genre, and it is only a matter of time before another location based RPG comes out again.
9. Warp Runner
Warp Runner is a puzzle game that uses your own environment as a massive puzzle. In the game your character is trapped in your real world and you need to help him escape. The game uses your phone’s camera to project the puzzle for you to do. There are 16 different levels you can complete, so it won’t be a quick game you go through. As you move your phone around the game changes a bit and that actually allows you to teleport your character elsewhere on the map. Like I said, the game is fun and it is pretty cool to see the place you are at be turned into a puzzle.
10. Night Terrors
Night Terrors is a terrifying AR game that many horror enthusiasts have been waiting for. The game uses your phone’s camera and you walk around your house and come across ghosts and other haunting things. The game is best player with all the lights out and with your headphones on. The game is scary, so if you are easily scared you might want to stay away from this game. There are also plenty of jump scares, so be forewarned. The full game hasn’t been released just yet, but that will be released very soon. If you are a horror fan you will absolutely love this game.
So, there y’all have it; the top 10 augmented reality games like Pokemon go. Augmented reality games are becoming increasingly popular, especially after the massive success of Pokemon Go. Even though Pokemon Go has lost the majority of it’s popularity, the game made people aware of AR games and apps.
The apps on this list are all good examples of augmented reality apps and they are all pretty great apps. Many of them encourage players to exercise more, which is never a bad thing. If you know of any other great AR games, write them down below in the comments!