The Halloween season is the perfect time to tell scary stories, but augmented reality is here to bring the tradition of frightening children to modern times.
On Thursday, app developer released Within & # 39; Willowcrest Manor & # 39; out, the sixth story for its Wonderscope mobile AR app for iPhones and iPads that support ARKit (namely iPhone 6 S or newer, iPad or newer 2017, and iPad Pro with iOS 11 or higher) .
Created by immersive film and animation studio 3dar, the story is the first for Wonderscope to cast the user directly into the story as a character.
"We created this story with the intention of creating a story that was not only seasonal and fun, but also very participative and fully immersive, with the most exciting elements of AR , "Thor Benitez, Within Head of Creative and Technical Artist for the Story, said in a statement.
"This meant building a country house the size of a dollhouse where children play the ghost of the house and use their device to explore, tap and talk the adventure. And, like all Wonderscope stories, there are unexpected We cannot be more excited to share this trick or treat season. "
" Willowcrest Manor ", aimed at children 6 years and older, is available for $ 4.99 as an in-app purchase in the Wonderscope app, which debuted Within as a free iOS app last year. Since its launch, the company has continued to add additional content that is available as in-app purchases, such as Clio & # 39; s Cosmic Quest.
Inside is not only in his endeavor to entertain children with AR stories. Just before the launch of Wonderscope, Inception launched a similar app called Bookful that shows virtual pop-up books with classic children's stories.
Augmented reality advocates have long touted the technology as a new narrative medium. Between Wonderscope and Bookful, mobile developers and app publishers have now shown what is possible for reinventing children's books for AR.