Augmented Reality (also known as AR) has turned quite a few heads recently. It involves using your smart device like a “looking glass” to manipulate the world around you. The technology has been integrated into several apps from the Qualcomm Augmented Reality Competition, and is making its way into many exciting new applications that we could use every day. For example, there is an app in the works that allows kids to interact with a toy before they buy it.
Now, Augmented Reality has a new shoot-em-up spin for your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone device. The XAPPR gun, brought to you by MetalCompass, attaches to your phone and transforms it into a virtual killing machine. More specifically, it allows you to turn and shoot in real life as the image on your cell phone is following your moves. You can preorder it before its June release on the company’s website for $30, plus $15 shipping in the US. The XAPPR takes old school Duck Hunt to a whole new level. It doesn’t get much better than turning your cell phone into a gun, right?
There are several games that have already been developed to be compatible with the XAPPR, like AR Invaders, ATK, AR Wars and Spray’Em. Apps like ATK are multiplayer and enable you to play against other XAPPR toting comrades, in a cellphone version of laser tag. However, only AR Invaders is currently available in the Android Market. The high tech gun is made to work with other apps, so we just have to wait for the developers to jump on board and make more fun games for Android users.
Source: The XAPPR Gun
The hugely successful Game maker, Gameloft, has finally brought one of their more well-know hits to the Android Market. Brothers in Arms 2 just landed in the market and is available as a fermium game – free to download, but includes in-app purchases.
BIA2 is a first person shooter and is a WWII based game offering both single player story mode and online multiplayer for going to battle with friends. Throughout the game you build up and customize your weapons as well as unlock new era-similar ones, all the while gaining experience as you play. Speaking of gaining experience, you can use the in-app purchases to aid your progression, giving you the upper hand in battle.
Unfortunately BIA2 is not compatible with the DROID RAZR so I was unable to give it a test run. To check it out for yourself, hit up one of the links below and be sure to let us know what you think!
Jump past the cut for some sweet looking screenshots!
Do you remember playing Duke Nukem twenty years ago? That wise-cracking, cigar-chomping, woman-loving tough guy is coming to Android soon. Tapjoy, Inc. has partnered with MachineWorks Northwest to bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android.
The partnership is part of the Tapjoy Android Fund which is designed to bring top-quality mobile games and applications to the Android platform.
Duke Nukem 3D is the third installment of the series and is set in Los Angeles, “sometime in the early 21st century.” Your job is to use increasingly sophisticated weapons to defeat aliens and mutated humans from taking over the world. Duke Nukem 3D might be the third installment of the series, but it’s the first time a Duke Nukem game has made its way to the Android market.
You can expect to see Duke Nukem soon (possibly next week), and it will be compatible with both smartphones and tablets running Android 2.1 or better.
One more screenshot and full press release after the break: