Augmented reality games are all the buzz these days. With better quality and better playing experience, AR gaming has been widely accepted. With gaming consoles introducing the concept of augmented reality video games, mobile phones quickly adopted the format and now many games are available for users to download for Android and iOS.
AR gaming has been around for a few years now and the experience is getting better as technology improves. The biggest boom provided to augmented reality video games was through Pokémon GO. This game introduced AR technology by using real-world maps to provide the gaming environment. In this game, users or trainers had to walk around the map in search of Pokémon and capture them all.
Through unique experience, Pokémon GO created something captivating which led to more people accepting the augmented reality mobile game. Now, more games have been introduced with different storylines and unique creatures. The only requirement to play augmented reality games is the ability to use GPS in your smartphone so you can walk around your area and take on challenging quests. Let’s talk a look at our list of the 25 best AR games for Android and iOS.
Niantic introduced this legendary game that changed the AR games forever and provided popularity to this genre that led to people enjoying AR games. Even after all this time, Pokemon GO is still going strong with more than 630 million downloads overall on Android and iOS combined.
It is a free-to-play game with in-game purchase options. Players are required to catch different Pokemon in their surroundings and explore different areas to find unique Pokemon. The game keeps on evolving and it is being updated regularly with features such as Battle Leagues, Pokedex tournaments, and much more.
Zombie Run focuses on enhancing the physical activity of users. The game looks promising and the game movements are similar to the real-life movements of the player. If you are a fitness lover, this game will definitely live up to your expectations.
It is based on free to play model with in-game purchases. So far, this game has been downloaded more than 1 million times and is steadily gaining popularity. All in all, it is definitely one of the most exciting Android AR games. There are different game modes available for users.
Jurassic World Alive is a free-to-download game, available on iOS and Android. We can even dare to say that this game is more addictive than Pokemon GO. The game provides prehistoric dinosaurs in modern cities (based on real maps).
You can explore the area around you reveal exciting creatures and stumble upon competitive fights with these creatures. In terms of game mechanics, it is safe to say that Jurassic World Alive is pretty well-developed with exciting features adding to the player’s engagement in-game. You need constant GPS to enjoy this game.
Ingress Prime is definitely among the best AR games. With a free-to-play model, this game provides exciting gameplay and site exploration. Just like many other Android AR games, you can experience the higher physical activity as you need to discover the surroundings to find new resources.
Further, you are required to join a war inside the game to control Exotic Matter – a newly discovered substance. You should also join teams to compete with each other over virtual territories. The game is constantly updated however, many users still experience some bugs in-game. Ingress Prime has been downloaded more than 10 million times.
Egg, Inc. is a simulation game of a small chicken farm that is augmented on your screen. You are required to care for the eggs and hatch them. Since it is a chicken farm, the more eggs your chickens lay, the better it is – ultimately leading to higher sales.
The game quality is pretty decent and cute chicks roaming around the living room will definitely make kids excited. It is free to play and currently has more than 10 million downloads on both app stores. You can purchase golden eggs in-game to further enhance the gaming experience.
Angry Birds is one game that needs no introduction. This AR version of Angry Birds is more excited since you can play with green pigs on physical surfaces. The maximum level in this game is 70. It is free to download and currently has more than 500,000 installs on Google Play Store.
All you need is a little room to play and you can destroy buildings with green pigs as the original game. This game is simple and exciting for all age groups so don’t forget to try it out!
WallaMe is also among promising augmented reality games. This game uses geo-location to add exciting social activities. As a user, you are required to use GPS and explore different areas where you can leave hidden messages for other users.
For these messages, you can use different buildings, walls, streets, etc. Once you have left a message take a picture of the original place and send it to your friends so they can find your hidden message whether it’s a text, image, or a sketch. It is completely free to play with no in-game purchases as well.
Shooting games are obviously the most exciting and loved genre in the gaming industry. Almost every gamer grew up playing COD or Counter-Strike which only enhanced our love for shooter games. In AR, shooting games are popular as well. Let’s take a look at some of the best games in this category.
This is a zombie game that is played in first-person mode. The enhanced graphics allow users to experience different zombies in their surroundings. You don’t need much physical activity to play this game, the shoot-out will begin at the place where you are. Just use your camera to aim at zombies and fire.
It is also a free game with in-game purchases. Aside from solo mode, you can take part in multiplayer shooter action and play with your friends to receive more points. The age restriction is 17+ so it is not suitable for players under 17 due to the violence and horror elements of the game.
Reality Clash is played using GPS and a network connection. It is a free game available on Android and iOS as well. The total number of downloads for Reality Clash is more than 10k. The gameplay is based on real-time or live battles where people will walk on a 3D map site to fight and explore different resources.
Zombie Gunship Revenant is an exciting augmented reality game in which you can use weapons and fly helicopters to hit zombies while being airborne. It is free to download and currently holds more than 100,000 installs by users. To play this game, you would need a mobile device that supports ARCore.
Father.io is a multiplayer laser tag game that is free to play. Currently, the game has more than a million downloads. You need an additional AR device – Inceptor to enhance your overall gaming experience. There are different weapons available for you to choose from. Use GPS tracking to hunt and hit people who are in-game as well.
Knightfall AR provides a great augmented reality experience through combats and adventures. It is free to play and can be played only on single-player mode. So, if you’re a multiplayer fan, this might be disappointing for you. Knightfall AR has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
RealTag is also another laser tag game played using the camera of your smartphone. You also need an active network connection to hunt users. You can play with your friends using the same network connection and compete with each other. It is free to play and has 100,000 downloads.
Let’s take a look at other categories of games available in AR.
Dark Subject one is an adventure game that has a rather dark plot. You will be given missions to solve mysteries and find missing people. It is an exciting game if you’re a fan of adventure games. It is free to play and available on both, Android and iOS platforms.
AR Sports Basketball is only available on iOS. It is developed by the Belgian Triangle Tech Company and it allows users to shoot hoops on their screen irrespective of location or time. The game is free to play and only works on iOS.
AR Basketball is available on Android and iOS as well. It is a free-to-play game and uses basic AR technology to allow users to score points through shooting hoops. Without a doubt, it can be a little addictive. The interface is extremely easy just open the app and start playing.
Geocaching is a hunting AR game available on Android and iOS. It is a popular game and has been downloaded over 10 million times. The gameplay involves users searching for hidden treasures. Through the app, you explore the surroundings and find hidden items and also hide your items for other users to find.
Augmented Class is free to play and it is available only on the Android platform. It is an educational app and allows users to benefit from AR. As a teacher, you can conduct classes for your students and place objects in the Augmented Class.
Devar can be classified as a mixture of educational and trending games. You can find different books for kids, models, characters, and lessons. The purpose of this game is to encourage kids to study and learn more. You can use your surroundings and camera to discover new objects and learn about those, for example, kids can discover animals on their phone through Devar.
Sling Shot AR is a free-to-play game in which you can shoot fruits at your friend’s head. When you continue playing, you’ll discover new fruits, filters, and masks that you can use to enhance your game experience. You can also share your progress on social media through pictures. This game works without an internet connection.
MyARGalaxy – Solar System is an educational game that helps users discover and learn about our solar system and cosmic objects. Through interactive cards, you can have all the details to study our solar system. You can view the planets in AR mode which is pretty cool!
It is free to play; however, you can also purchase a collection set.
Similar to MyARGalaxy, AR Solar System is also an educational game that lets users study planets and orbits. This is only available on Android.
Just like the name indicates, Monster Park AR is designed to let users experience pre-historical animals on their phones through augmented reality. Further, the game also provides realistic sounds which is a pretty cool experience. You can scale the sizes of these creatures with your fingertips and play around in the environment.
Metaverse is a virtual world that is enhanced by AR technology. In Metaverse, you can introduce many AR objects and enjoy the enhanced experience. You can basically do use many virtual objects with your friends and enjoy.
AR Cat is an augmented cat that you can play around with. A furry little friend on your mobile that you can feed or train. There is a total of 21 cats available in AR Cat, each having its own character and preferences as well.
Hope you’ve learned about all the different games available in the Augmented Reality category. You can try these games and see if it’s something that can keep you hooked. Every decent game development company would develop games keeping in mind the latest trends and use the latest technology to build something engaging.
18, Jan 2022
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