Augmented reality is one of the hottest trends in video gaming right now.
Like virtual reality, augmented reality relies upon immersion and player interaction with the game in novel ways; yet, unlike VR, AR uses the canvas of the surrounding world to tell its story.
Think Pokemon Go if you want an excellent example of an augmented reality game that has achieved critical mass.
This game, based on the classic handheld series that got its start on the Game Boy back in the 1990s, involves collecting monsters, training them, then pitting them against one another in matched battles. To collect Pokemon, gamers traverse the real world and encounter the Pokemon organically. They then try to capture them using Pokeballs. Though you can turn off the augmented reality view offered by the Pokemon Go app, utilizing AR and keeping that option on demonstrates how cool AR is. You see the Pokemon in front of you, and you can interact with it.
That’s basically how Coin Billionaire AR, a money making strategy game, works, except for substitute monster hunting with coin collecting and tower defense.
When you first boot up Coin Billionaire AR, you will be tasked with finding a flat space for the AR to place the game board upon. After finding a flat space, the game board will begin to emerge, with coins popping up with a chime and creatures and other things happening, too. It’s a pretty crazy concept, and it is one that we think will have you hooked.
Developed and published by RiseAngle, Inc., Coin Billionaire AR is available for iOS devices and is specifically compatible with iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, SE, 8, 8 Plus, X, 9, XS.
In its purest form, the gameplay is like growing coins using the environment around you. The story places you as a coin farmer and asks you to make as much money as possible. How this is accomplished is both organic and intuitive. Think Farmville meets a tap game. Of course, the tower defense aspect adds a unique touch to it all, but we think players will be mostly consumed by the growing of coins.
Graphically speaking, Coin Billionaire AR is really, really impressive. It is one of the first strategy games in the world developed for AR using ARKIT, and the graphics are crisp, clear, and almost seem real. The attention to detail that RiseAngle has put into this game shows at every turn. And most impressive are the sound effects which are not only loud and booming but really add an arcade atmosphere to the game. Everything drips with high quality, and it is a compelling game on top of that.
Gamers who enjoy strategy games and augmented reality titles will find a lot to love about Coin Billionaire AR. It not only offers hours of fun gameplay but also can go with you anywhere, transforming any flat surface into a game board. We can’t help but recommend it.