Magic Leap took years to launch, but when it succeeded, the company quickly became the leading rival of Microsoft HoloLens (at least when it comes to experimental immersive experiences).
On Friday, Magic Leap continued that journey by holding a different kind of launch – in augmented reality. The newest game title for the Magic Leap One is called Boosters, and this is from the same Weta Workshop team that our Dr. Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders has brought.
The surprise release means I haven't had much time to test the game on our own Magic Leap One, but a quick play test reveals a relatively simple but nevertheless enjoyable gaming experience.
Once the game has been initialized, a launch pad appears on the floor of your room and opens quickly to produce a rocket (about two feet high). The rocket and the launching platform follow the same aesthetic in steam style as the world of Dr. Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders. Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Launch Boosters Game by Dr.
But instead of giving gamers a seated, seated experience, Boosters looks a lot like Grordbort's because it uses a large space and full interaction of requires the user to walk around to find new aspects of the experience.
the trigger of the front controller kicks off the motors of the rocket and you navigate through the (quite sensitive) rocket, which leads you to asteroid crystals to go up one level. During my short test, the most exciting thing about the barebones game was the dependence on haptic feedback in the handheld controller.
Because your space has already been mapped, the rocket knows where it can and cannot fly, so when you crash into the wall of your living room (which I often did, even in simple mode), the rocket does not explode only, but you can feel that explosion in a very realistic way through the haptic feedback in the controller.
My first impression was that this was a game that the team was rushing to perhaps generate interest for the holidays (and perhaps to derive from other stories), but upon further reflection I think this is the perfect gateway experience for those who & # 39; t tried the much more extensive and complicated immersive experience that dr. Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders.
If you try Boosters and like it, you'll probably have a good time in the deeper spatial computer waters of Grordbort. Boosters is now available for free in the Magic Leap World store.