Just over a year after the stealth, augumed reality gaming startup Illumix started its first title with a well-known formula, but with a new twist.
On Monday, the company, in collaboration with Scott Games, launched Five Nights at Freddy & # 39; s AR Special Delivery, a location-based AR in Pokémon GO style on the popular mobile gaming horror franchise.
After launching as an early access title on November 22, the game is now widely available in the App Store and on Google Play for devices compatible with ARKit and ARCore. The game is free with in-app purchases starting at $ 2.99 and tops at $ 99.99.
For those unfamiliar with Five Nights at Freddy & # 39; s, the original game, according to my teenage son (a one-time fan of the franchise), cast players as nightly employees of Freddy Fazbear & # 39; s Pizza who must survive their services by avoiding animatronic robots attacking at night. The franchise has since produced several prosecutions, but the original game is still in the top 25 in the App Store and in the top 15 of games.
In the AR edition, Freddy penetrates the houses of players under the premise of a home delivery service that offers animatronic companions that easily fail upon arrival.
Like Pokémon GO, the game overlaps a map of the player's environment with a virtual layer that allows players to follow incoming robots. By tapping on robots as soon as they are within range, the equivalent of the Pokémon catching game is initiated.
The encounters with characters add a slightly different game technician to mimic the paranoia of the original Freddy game. In Special Delivery, players use the camera display of the smartphone, which is dark at the edges for effect, to find robots "disguised" by some self-defense technology that has been confused. Players can activate a flashlight to illuminate their sight and help find the intruder, with haptic feedback and spatial audio that also contributes to the scary atmosphere. Players must then activate a shock defense before the robot attacks with a jump scare.
If this succeeds, players add the robot to their collection. Robot allies can then be sent into the real world to "save" parts that are used to build mods for the character. Players can also make friends with other players and exchange characters with each other.
Of all the location-based games that exist, Special Delivery actually manages to surpass them all in the AR encounter experience. In my short hands-on with the game, I discovered that it used virtual images and effects to create a legitimate scary experience.
Although Five Nights at Freddy does not set the level of the spirit of the time that mobile gaming franchises such as Angry Birds of Minecraft, it has the kind of following that the augmented reality industry could give a mainstream hit.