Pokémon Go’s widespread popularity brought a lot of attention to augmented reality in 2016, but lets face it — the thrill of catching ‘em all fades rather quickly.
While other augmented reality games aren’t as mainstream, there’s plenty of alternative content out there. Whether you’re looking for a first-person shooter, narrative-based crime saga, or a zombie encounter, these five games offer the best experience you can get through augmented reality.
Augmented Reality Games You Should Know
Developed by Niantic Labs — the creators of Pokémon Go — Ingress is a multiplayer sci-fi game where users fight over portals that reside in real-world locations. Players battle over these energy sources as members of “The Enlightened” or “The Resistance,” advancing their side’s cause through territory acquisition.
The struggle plays out globally as you connect with other members around the world to strategize, collect objects to advance your cause, and use technology to gain ground.
2. Clandestine: Anomaly
Clandestine: Anomaly is a location-based shooter that puts your neighborhood and or city at the center of an alien invasion. Players must build structures and launch attacks to prevent the spread of a planet-wide infection. With the aid of a covert organization, you become Earth’s last line of defense.
Father.IO is another first-person shooter, but users participate as part of a multiplayer laser tag team. Each player requires an Interceptor — portable laser tagging hardware that attaches to your smartphone — which shoots up to 50 meters and senses when you’ve been hit. Games are played until all of the opposing players are eliminated.
Father.IO started as an Indiegogo campaign and is currently in its beta stage of development. The Interceptor works with all iOS phones and Android devices with Bluetooth Low Energy.
4. Zombie GO
There are a variety of zombie-related games for augmented reality, but Zombie GO offers the most realistic experience. The goal of the game is pretty simple — kill zombies and stay alive. As you walk around your house, neighborhood, or city, zombies pop up in the real world around you.
Zombie GO is available for free exclusively on Google Play.
5. Real Strike
Real Strike is a first-person shooter that turns any environment into a military simulation field. While there’s no killing, Real Strike does provide some of the most realistic animation and audio feedback of any augmented reality game. There are even settings for night vision, thermal vision, and a tactical flashlight as part of your combat package.
Real Strike is available on Google Play for $2.99. It is no longer available on iOS in the US.