The 5 Best AR games for the iPhone
The selection of AR games for the iPhone is limited right now but with the release of iOS 11 and the introduction of ARKit, more games should arrive soon. For now, there are a few good games out there and a few mediocre ones. I have sorted the wheat from the chaff and hopefully highlighted the best of what is currently available.
Here are five of the best AR games for the iPhone available right now.
ARKit is Apple’s developer platform that enables the creation of AR games. Some have already been released while many more are still in production. To be able to play an ARKit game you will need a compatible device. Currently, that includes iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, 9.7 inch iPad Pro, 10.5 inch iPad Pro, 12.9 inch iPad Pro and the new 2017 iPad.
The Machines is the game used at the unveil of the iPhone 8. A mechwarrior-type game, The Machines is a multiplayer game where you battle against other players on a table or in a room in your home. Use the iPhone to aim and hit your opponent where it hurts to win. The game includes weapon upgrades, combos, colorful avatars and PVP play.
It is quite balanced and very engaging so works well. At only $4.99 it is good value too considering it is regularly updated with improvements and new content.
Zombie Gunship Revenant AR
I think Zombie Gunship Revenant AR is about as immersive as AR games for the iPhone get. You control a helicopter gunship with your phone and you have to take out hordes of zombies that have invaded. You control the gunship by moving your phone and need to work fast and clever to take out some fiendishly challenging waves of zombies. Upgrade your weapons, change tactics and try to keep up in this very fast-paced game.
It’s a shooter so isn’t deep or meaningful but it is most definitely entertaining.
ARise is a complete change of pace. This is a cute puzzle game in 3D and AR. Built from the ground up for AR, the only controls are movement and it works very well indeed. It is a very simple concept that is fiendishly challenging and addicting. Your job is to create a path from one side of the level to the other for the avatar to cross. You need to use all angles, all viewpoints and a lot of thinking in order to get from one side to the other.
The game is simple and doesn’t yet contain many levels. Yet the design and quality of those that are there make this game well worth trying.
Conduct AR is an AR game for the iPhone in a similar vein to ARise in that you need to create connections within a level but this time you’re building a train set. It takes you right back to childhood and those rainy days spend in your bedroom building train tracks and getting a good loop going before taking it all apart again. The AR element lets you build a train set on your floor or table and create loops and explore the setup in 3D.
There is a puzzle element in that you have to make connections and solve geographical challenges but this is as much about playing with trains as it is solving those puzzles. I like this game. It’s harmless, has no guns or death and yet is as compelling as those games that do have them.
Kings of Pool
As a lover of the game, Kings of Pool resonates with me. While used to playing in 3D, the AR element in this version takes it to a whole new level. It’s 8-ball but not as you know it. The table can be positioned on any flat surface and you can play against real players from around the world. Win games and slowly climb the leaderboard and be pitted against more capable players.
If you like pool and can play pretty well than this could be a serious contender for mobile game of the year. A simple premise done well that makes great use of AR capability.
AR games for iPhone are steadily being released now ARKit is readily available and the appetite for AR games has been demonstrated. Expect many more games to be on iTunes by the end of the year.
Got any AR games for iPhone you want to suggest we play? Tell us about them below if you do!